How Parenting Child Development Helps Make You Closer to Your Kids

Parenting is important to you because your children matter more than anyone in the world. As a caring adult, you want to give your kids the best. So you strive to understand child development and child discipline and become a better parent. You work hard for your family and give them more than you had as a child. You read magazines and books. But have you ever asked yourself what you want from this relationship? And have you asked yourself what your children really NEED aside from physical comfort and security?

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In your heart of hearts, if you imagined the best possible outcome for yourself and your family, what would you foresee?

Would you feel fulfilled if your children grew up to honor, cherish and respect you?

Every parent would.

But how do you create this, especially if you don't enjoy a healthy relationship with your mom and dad?

And how do you change your parenting style, if you're flying blind and making it up as you go along?

Where did you learn how to raise kids anyway? Did you go to school and get a masters in child development?

Probably not. (Don't worry ... you don't need one.)

If you're like most of us, you learned child discipline from your folks, who learned from theirs.

While there's nothing wrong with this, especially if you had wise and loving role models, times have changed. Parenting strategies have evolved and our understanding of child development, child behavior and child discipline has led us to become more insightful and humane.

Have your beliefs changed with new findings and understandings or are you still operating from old assumptions?

Are you "parenting in the present" or using child discipline strategies that were passed on to you by your folks and are at least a quarter of a century old?



Much of what you know about raising children you have probably learned unconsciously by watching your mom and dad. For example, while most parents claim they do not buy into their grandparent's children-should-be-seen-and-not-heard ethic, they have no idea how to communicate with their kids.

If you don't know how to talk with your children, how can you create a close relationship?

You can't.

But don't worry. There's a reason you've found this web site.

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Within these pages, you will discover compelling insights on child parenting, child development, child behavior, child discipline and more that will help you understand where to start and how to create and maintain a lifetime closeness with your kids that is based on love and mutual respect.

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Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Laura Ramirez and that's a photo of my boys and I above. I am the author of this web site and of the multiple award-winning book, Keepers of the Children. If the words on this page have touched you, then I can help. I can tell you from experience that there is nothing more fulfilling than creating a close relationship with your kids and raising them to be people of integrity who make good choices on their own.

I walk my talk and share what has worked for me in my relationship with my children. In addition, I have a degree in psychology and a firm understanding of child development to back me up. I won't use my knowledge to lecture you, but to gently lead you to insights of your own.

Please accompany me on this journey to learn what your kids really need from you and how to become a parent you can be proud of. Sign up for my periodic newsletter, Family Matters Parenting Magazine (the subscription box appears below), so you'll know as soon as I post a new article on my site.

Rather than bringing you regurgitated ideas from ivory tower theorists and so-called child experts," I will teach you to reflect on: