Parenting in the 21st Century is a great challenge! It's not that the basic principles of parenting have changed, it is that there are so many more influences both in and outside the home competing for our children's attention, loyalty and commitment. Regardless of their age, children, yes even young adults and into adulthood, need structure. Just as we need highway markers, posted speed limits, traffic lights and warning signs to keep us safe and successful in our driving, our children need clearly defined limits and guidelines to keep them safe and successful in life.
During a recent visit to my local Wal-Mart store, I had an experience that got me to thinking about our ability to change OR more specifically our resistance to change. We tend to become creatures of habit. Some of those habits are things we wish we could change but just don’t seem to know how. My local Wal-Mart is undergoing major renovations. These renovations consist primarily of reorganizing things in the store so that our Wal-Mart will be set up like most of the other stores across the country. To accomplish this, they are relocating several of the departments within the store.