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Boundaries with Kids

A few years ago I wrote an article based on the book Boundaries with Kids by Cloud and Townsend. In the article I covered what I considered to be the top 5 principles from the 10 principles presented in this book. In this book, the authors deal with such topics as impulsivity, inattention, defiance, whining, procrastination, aggression, conflicts and more. Not only do they give you principles for developing and implementing boundaries, but they explain why kids so desperately need boundaries.


Custom Job (Customize Your Parenting)

When books are many and time and money are precious, the first thing I usually want to know about a book is: Why should I invest my time and money? The second is like it: Am I the intended audience? Do you need to be encouraged as a parent? Then read about this exciting new book…

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4 Tips for Raising Responsible Children

Resources for helping parents raise responsible children.


Living in a Hostile Environment

By: Delana H Stewart Third Culture Kids and hostile environments. Just open a news site in your web browser and you will see hostile environments left and right: Ukraine, Syria, Nigeria, Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen. How can parents help their children process what they are hearing, seeing, being exposed to on a daily…

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Different Kinds of Screen Time Matters

More research has been done and is being done in this area in regards to different types of screen time (watching shows vs. interacting, educational vs. entertaining).

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10 Life Skill Competencies to Prepare Your Child for College and Career

Originally posted by: LP 2010 (Or, click here to download Life Skill Competencies You Can Build in Your Child in Preparation for College) Your children’s college years can be some of the most exciting times of their lives. They will make new friends, discover more about themselves and their spiritual walk, gain an education, and prepare…

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Dear Mom, I FAILED

—Delana H. Stewart Admitting failure is a struggle for many of us, much less for our children. But admitting failure is the first step in attaining success. Two things you can do this school year to bless your child: 1)      Place your focus on what they did right. 2)      Praise their willingness to talk about…

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Parenting and Teaching TCKs

Arrogant or Confident? Depends on who’s asking . . . Parents and Teachers of TCKs and TCKs themselves will be blessed by the honesty and vulnerability with which Cecily Paterson shares her experience as a TCK and dealing with the topic of arrogance. Not only do TCKs fall into this predicament, but adults living and…

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Prevent Anorexia and Bulimia

Teach our daughters (and sons) that bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating are all forms of self-abuse, and that this violates God’s will.  [I Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 12:1] Teach our daughters (and sons) that they have Someone in Jesus Christ who understands their trials and hurts, and Who desires to meet their deepest needs. Teach our…

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Timer Tips for Parenting and Homeschool

Timer Tips for Parenting and Homeschooling Using the timer for math motivations, times when you are on the telephone, and changes in routine. by: Delana H Stewart Tip # 1:  Math Motivation—If your child struggles with math (not necessarily correctness, but speed—and staying on task) then try this technique.  Start with a row of problems…

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Joy and Contentment

How This Affects Us as Parents and Educators —Delana H Stewart Why did you accept this job or this teaching assignment?  Why are you home-schooling?  Why aren’t you home-schooling?  Why did you put your son in national school?  Why didn’t you put your kids in national school?  Why did you choose that curriculum? Wrapped in…


Parenting the Internationally Adopted Child

By: Patty Cogen A review by Delana H. Stewart This is a fantastic book that I highly recommend to anyone considering international adoption.  Even those who have already adopted abroad would find this extremely helpful (even if you’ve had your child for 10 years already).  It is a great resource from your first hours together,…

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Surviving Mid-year Homeschool Burnout

Every year between November and January, many families experience schooling burnout. Make sure you take a good break and renew your strength for the second semester.


Surviving Parenting: In Tears and Laughter

I don’t need another parenting book–but a book that makes me laugh when the tears of child-raising well up in my eyes and the darts of defiance pierce my heart–THAT book I need to read! Not long ago I read Lisa Whelchel’s book Creative Correction. Though she is currently famous for her appearance on Survivor, I grew up watching her on Facts of Life. As an experienced parent having raised three sons (now post high school), did I really need to read another parenting book?


Joining the 100,000 Club

by: Delana H. Stewart Just as Houston, Texas recently had its Shuttlebration, The Education Cafe is taking flight with its own celebration of joining the 100,o00 club! With just 4 views away from reaching 100,000 I thought I would post some favorites: The first post on The Education Cafe was: Developing Boundaries With Kids  —…

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7 Virtues for Kids

A review of: Light Their Fire for God: 7 Powerful Virtues for Your Kids By Anne and David Harper. This is a great book… It encourages many things we all know but it’s good to have it repeated. Their virtues are based on 2 Peter 1:5-7. Consider having some devotional time each week with your TCKs focusing on a different virtue each week.


Now on Facebook

From parenting toddlers to sending kids off to college (and everything in between) The Education Cafe is here for you! Just now we reached 70,000 views! If you have stumbled on this page and not found what you are looking for, please feel free to leave a comment/question/suggestion for us to work on. You can…


Bathing Elephants

––Delana S Imagine the difficulty of getting an elephant out of the bath! Or, have you ever tried putting a cat in a bathtub full of water? Sometimes bathing a strong-willed child can be about as much fun! If you have a strong-willed or impulsive child you have probably experienced the bath time blues. You…


Nine Year Pregnancy

For two years now many of you have visited The Education Cafe to find answers and ask questions regarding education–both home school and traditional school, as well as to find timely advice regarding parenting. As creator and administrator of this blog, I would like to personally invite you to check out my latest endeavor. I…


The Stability of Home

By: Delana S  When living life outside our homelands, or even traveling extensively within your homeland, creating a sense of stability, familiarity, and comfort in our children is crucial. This morning I began reading the book Something Beautiful by Gloria Gaither. In this book she takes the reader on a journey through her and Bill’s…