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Welcome to the Parent’s Corner!


For all those precious children who have touched my life and stolen my heart—and their parents who have had the courage to love and teach them, I dedicate this series with my sincere appreciation of so many gifts they have given me.  Particularly the gift of joy!

In my 35 plus years of teaching parents and children, I have yet to encounter a parent who does not love their child and want the best for them and

from them. It is for these parents the Parent’s Corner is designed.

There is no greater responsibility facing us today as people and a society as that of providing a nurturing, safe, loving environment for our children to learn and grow. The challenge has been how to balance teaching them qualities like self-discipline, respect and responsibility while providing a growth environment. Any parent can tell you this is no small feat. 

The Parent’s Corner and The Power of Positive Parenting audio course are designed to give you the tools you need to raise responsible, healthy, happy children who develop into autonomous self-reliant adults. The course you will want to keep and listen to over and over as your children mature and change. It will help to keep you “up to date” on the different stages your child goes through and will remind you to let them go and let them grow while still maintaining order and peace in your home.

I will be posting helpful articles and inspirations on the Parent’s Corner from time to time so keep checking back and feel free to share the site with others. It is always my hope that we as parents and caretakers learn as much from our interactions with our children as they learn from us, and, as a group, we empower each other to be all that we can be.

May the joys of teaching children be yours and may God bless you for caring.

Signature Barbara 2

Child’s Play

 CHILD’S PLAY by Barbara J Smyly – Copyright Protected Child’s play is important to all families. In this the age of the expert, there seems to be a solution to every problem we as adults can muster up. If we feel stress, we exercise more; if our spouse is being critical, we express ourselves, if […]

Teaching Children Gratitude

As many parents are coming to realize, we are our children’s constant teachers. From birth throughout life, we are teaching by example those values which we hold dear. As children grow into their own independent lives, the virtue of gratitude becomes increasingly more important. Teaching children gratitude at an elementary level gives them greater self-esteem, […]


“Courage: mental or moral strength, to venture, persevere”.   It takes a lot of courage these days to raise our children, or so it seems at times.  Just as we have been taught to be courageous, to take risks, to put ourselves in new positions and situations not always comfortable to us, so we must […]

Teaching Children Generosity

As the saying goes, “generosity begins at home.” Any parent will tell you they are, by the very fact that they are parents, generous (sometimes to a fault). Teaching children generosity helps them to assimilate the fact there are others around them for whom they must have consideration. It allows them to expand their tolerance […]

Teaching Teens Diligence

Most of us use the words diligence and persistence as synonyms for hard work but diligence is so much more than this because the rewards are instant and what teen doesn’t want an instant reward? Teaching teens diligence in their study habits, personal hygiene and communication skills will help increase their self confidence, self control […]