The First Days

Start a Family Gallery of Blessings Project. It's a simple way to document all the good things your child and family should be thankful for, such as their unique talents, strengths, and special qualities. Doing so will help your child refocus from what he doesn't have (and enviously covets in others) to what he does. Here are a few project ideas for kids of varying ages to rediscover the blessings right in front of them:

• Photo collage. Put together photo images showing each family member's unique strengths and contributions (for example, Dad's humor, Mom's warm smile, Noah's rock climbing, Brooke's riding skills).

• Family Blessings scrapbook. Log the developing talent of each family member in a bound scrapbook or a few stapled blank pieces of paper. It's best to track one or two talents only (such as "The Chronology of Ben's Tennis Skills") with updated notations about the talent. For younger kids, consider photographing or drawing their talents and gluing them into their own personal scrapbook.

• Accomplishment Journal. Give each child a blank journal or composition notebook. Encourage them to record their accomplishments and successes in the journal on a regular basis.

• Family Blessings Web site. Put up your own family Web site displaying your family's talents and blessings. This is a fun way to get the whole extended family involved. Links to everyone's e-mails and the Web site can become a family newsletter as well.

• Hall of Fame. Put up a bulletin board for your kids to display their best work and talents.

Confident Kids

Confident Kids

Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.

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