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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving


Well, we hope you had a happy Halloween, but to be honest, it is not our favorite holiday (see our latest article and there is also a good Joy School article there by the way)--our favorite is Thanksgiving.  You may already know how partial we are to Thanksgiving because of the annual Thanksgiving card we always send out.  It is (or can be) the most wonderful family holiday of gathering and of love-sharing!

In fact, we love Thanksgiving so much that we now have a brand new book out called The Thankful Heart
.  It will be of special interest to you because it kind of charts our own family's journey into the joys of thanks-giving--a journey that has lasted 40 years!  We also love that the photos in the book (there are lots of them) were taken by our daughters Saydi, Shawni, and Eva and by our sons Eli and Josh!

Let us also update you on a couple of other things:  Joy School 2.0 (fully updated and modernized) is well on its way toward being totally re-written and re-organized for next year.  It will retain all of its wonder and the original Joy that has always attracted parents and kids.  But it will be written for this decade and for today's kids and parents.  You are gonna love it!  When you think about it, Joy School was ahead of its time--it has always provided a less expensive and more effective way for moms to teach and for preschoolers to have a great and joyful experience.  But it is now better than ever because everything can be obtained and shared on line!

The other thing we want to share this month is the growing synergy between what we do at 
valuesparenting.com and what our daughters are doing for parents on their blogs and websites.  Honestly, sometimes it takes our breath away to see how perfectly their ideas and approaches fit today's world and today's families!
If you haven't discovered them, take a quick look at 
looslifamily.blogspot.com, http://www.71toes.com/, http://powerofmoms.com/, http://drippingwithpassion.blogspot.com/, and http://bostonshumways.blogspot.com/.

Thanks for being great parents, and thanks for staying in touch with us and with 
valuesparenting.com

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy October!



You gotta love this time of year! Kids back in school, family routine settling in, cooler days.....it’s all good!

We want to be your personal parenting consultants, and this month we have some specific and, we think rather urgent advice for you.

Parenting has never, ever been harder than it is today. Raising responsible kids in this crazy and complicated world is just plain tough! Our kids are part of so many cultures—the peer culture, the media culture, the materialism and celebrity culture, and the Internet culture; and all of them seem determined to work against the values we want to teach our children.

How do we make our family culture stronger than all these other cultures that swirl around our kids?

We think the best place to start is with an organized, pro-active program for teaching your kids the values you want them to have—values that are often opposite of the values (or anti-values) that they are picking up elsewhere. 

It is all fine and good, even wonderful, to have our preschoolers in Joy School, and to have the fun experience of helping them to be happy, well-adjusted little kids. But once Joy School is over and kids head off to “real school” we parents need to toughen up and to get very, very serious about systematically teaching them true values to live by.

SO HERE IS OUR ADVICE TO YOU: “Graduate” your kids directly from Joy School to Alexander’s Amazing Adventures, ValuesParentings wonderful and creative program for teaching one value per month!

As you know, kids between 5 and 12 love the Alexander series, and will listen to each monthly episode (each value) over and over again. And as you also know, Alexander is NOT a video or screen-based game. OUR KIDS GET TOO MUCH VIDEO—TOO MUCH SCREEN TIME, and the Alexander series is the opposite, with brilliant audio and musical stories that use kids imagination and allow them to “see” things on the monitors of their own minds.

So if you have kids over five, get the first Alexander unit (HONESTY) and we promise you two things: 1. Your children will love it....in the car, at home, on their ipods, and 2. You will love the humor and entertainment of the stories yourself and it will open up lots of “values conversations” between you and your kids.

One more thing. If you don’t have our new book THE TURNING, order it right HERE.  It will motivate you not only to be a more pro-active parent yourself, but also to join a movement for stronger parenting at www.The-Turning.com

Monday, September 8, 2014

Welcome to the New School Year


As parents we tend to think of our years from Fall to Fall—from school start of one year to school start of the next year.  So we wish you a Happy New Year!  Lets make it the best year ever for our kids (and thus for ourselves!)

And this is a special New Year, because MANY great updates and changes are coming to Joy School and to ValuesParenting!  We are so glad to have you on board as a ValuesParenting member and fellow lover and supporter of all things family!

We are now into the long and thorough process of creating Joy School 2.0.  As this Joy School year progresses, you will see that we have eliminated and edited some of the old and dated aspects of the original Joy School (so you won’t be using stories that refer to pay phones or records anymore!)

And during the course of the year, we have a team of dedicated curriculum writers (who are also moms and 10 year veterans of Joy School) hard at work on a completely updated and revised Joy School curriculum for next year.  We will call it Joy School 2.0.

It will be organized better, take less mom-preparation time, include lots of new stories and new ideas, and be more modern and tailored to the world our kids grow up in today.

Equally important, the ValuesParenting and Joy School websites are going to be completely re-designed and updated.  Not only the function and capabilities of websites have changed—but also the needs and concerns of parents; and the new websites will reflect these new needs and the new world that our kids live in.
We see ourselves as your parenting consultants, as your family advisors!  ValuesParenting is a PARENTS website and we want it to be so relevant and so compelling that you visit it often, and take away just what you and your kids need.

We are totally excited about all of this, and think you will be too!  Spread the word!
Tell your friends!  Joy School lives!  ValuesParenting lives! And right NOW is the time to join and to be involved so that you will get to see all the improvements and changes as they come on line.

One Last thing,  Our new book, THE TURNING, has made it up to #2 on Amazon in the Marriage and Family category.  If you don’t have it yet, click here, The Turning.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Turning

We've shared so much together over the years--on parenting and families--and we appreciate all the support you have given us. You know about our new book THE TURNING and we really need your help in getting more people to go to the new website and know about the book and the movement it represents.

Would you just take five minutes and have a look at www.The-Turning.com. It's updated and improved now, and it illustrates that the new book is just the tip of the iceberg and that the iceberg is a movement toward strengthening families across the globe.

On www.The-Turning.com you can see graphic representations of some of the most frightening statistics about family deterioration; you can see the first 40 pages of the book; you can do one-touch send-outs of facebook and twitter messages; you can click to directly order the book at a discount on Amazon, and most importantly, you can sign up for Team Turning which will keep you posted on this whole movement as it evolves.

We would appreciate it so much if you would do that, and if you would quickly forward this message on to as many friends and family members as you can. The month of August is the key to everything, because it is the launch of this movement and because if enough books are pre ordered, it will debut in September on the bestseller lists and thus reach many more parents

We know it sounds a little corny, but we really do believe that the one way this world will be saved is "one family at a time." Please help us with "Turning the Hearts."

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Happy First Part of 2014

What a great year this will be! We are excited to be criss-crossing the world and meeting with great parents everywhere. We continue to be amazed at how much in common you have with other parents. No matter what your economic and political and religious differences are, just the fact that you have kids gives you so much more in similarities than you have in differences.

We will be in a dozen different countries in this first quarter of 2014, and will love meeting and sharing with parents at each stop. And we are so grateful for Valuesparenting.com so that when we leave, we don't really have to say goodbye!

It will also be a great year for new books. We have two coming out this fall, one called Turning the Hearts which is a "why-to" book on families. We have been working long and hard on this one, because we think parents need to understand the world their kids are growing up in and to appreciate how this old world can only be saved one family at a time. We can't wait to have this book out and to give you a chance to read it.

The second book is more personal. As most of you know, we have written and sent out a Thanksgiving poem each year for more than 40 years. We are now drawing on our four decades of reflection on the beauty and importance of Thanks-Giving and putting it in a book aimed at helping people develop and hone a deeper and sharper sense of gratitude. Excited to share this one with you too!

Every parent who reads this will be in a different stage with different pressing problems and opportunities. Thanks for being part of the wonderful community of valuesparenting members. Stay in touch, and lets all make this the best year yet!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Happy new school year and happy holidays!

It seems amazing to all of us that we are now well into yet another school year! Where we live, snow has already fallen, and we are preparing for the holiday season!

Amazing how time flies.

But we love this time of year, as we progress into a new school year and as we get ready to wrap up 2013 and to dive into 2014. Our goal is to make valuesparenting.com even more useful to parents. Let us remind you of a few things--you loyal valuesparenting members:

1. Our weekly syndicated column in the Deseret News can be accessed with a simple click from the yellow box on the valuesparenting.com homepage. This column is one of our favorite ways to fight for the family and may be the quickest way for you to keep up with and give us feedback on our latest thoughts.

2. You can also listen to us live on BYU Radio each Monday at 6 MST, and the show is also rebroadcast all week. We call the show "Eyres on the Road" since we usually do it live from whatever location we are in--usually speaking or presenting to audiences of conscientious parents and grandparents.

3. Linda's blog and several other current things can also be clicked to from that yellow box on the vp homepage.

This year, we are going to make more and more parenting helps free to everyone, vp member and nonmember alike. For example, the full dialogue for taking to kids about sex (the "big talk") will be on the free part of the vp site. As you also know, most of our books are also now free on EyresFreeBooks.com. Our whole goal these days is "reach," or getting whatever might help parents to as wide an audience as we can. You can help by sending friends and family to www.EyresFreeBooks.com and to www.valuesparenting.com. It will take all of us working together to win the great fight for families that is raging everywhere in this world!

Keep letting us hear from you! We love the comments that come in from the "contact us" button on this site! We read them all! No delegation on this!

Thanks for being the great parents you are and for doing your part in the larger world by chipping away and helping where you can to FORTIFY FAMILIES by celebrating commitment, popularizing parenting, bolstering balance, validating values, and glorifying grandparenting! (that last one is our new favorite!)

Monday, May 20, 2013

End of Another School Year

As we approach the end of yet another school year, it's a great time to evaluate how our kids are doing and how we are doing as their parents!

We love approaching parenting deliberately, with purpose, pro-actively, and with a plan!

And we hope valuesparenting.com is helpful to you as you design your unique plan for your unique kids!

As we look through the member records, we are amazed how many valuesparenting.com loyalists have done Joy School but never gone through the 12 values of Alexander's Amazing Adventures.  This is a truly great program that gives kids the amazing legacy of really understanding values and the benefits of living them!  Give it a look--and remember that you can get the first unit on Honesty for free.

And pass the link on to your friends who have kids that might also benefit!

We are continuing to grow at valuseparenting.com and really love this world-wide fraternity of parents who care enough to use and contribute to the programs.

We invite you to keep up with us and stay in touch with us by using the links in the yellow box on the home page of valuesparenting.com.  Also, you can now get twenty or so of our books for free on EyresFreeBooks.com.

Have a great Summer!
 
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