Saying ‘No’ to Your Kids — 3 Things to Consider

Saying ‘No’ to our kids is part of parenting–for most of us, it comes with the job description on a daily basis. ‘No’, I’m not buying you a cell phone.  You are only 11! ‘No’, I’m not taking you to your friend’s house right now.  You haven’t finished your homework. ‘No’, you can’t go to […]

Teaching Teens To Recognize God in Their Day-To-Day

Gently taking the bottom off the two-liter, it was easy to explain God to my then six year old son.  With anticipation and a little sadness, we released his butterfly into our flower garden hoping it would stay close at least for a few days.  Matt had watched this creature grow and mature through each stage of metamorphosis with the expectation of […]

What Kind of Men Will Your Daughters Marry?

A college professor at a Christian university posted this slide in an Old Testament class.  It went viral on Facebook.

The Happy/Sad Moment Trap

I have a friend who is always talking about her “happy/sad” moments.  I don’t know about you, but that phrase conjures up a lot of emotional images for me.  I find it awesome that she is noticing them as she goes through the parenting process.   There are SO many of these moments to recall as our kids […]

Detours That Need Repair?

As a parent I have been known to take detours that lead me down a path that is in desperate need of repair.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  Maybe there is a rule in your home where you’ve outlined a consequence, and just once you forgot to enforce it.  What happens?  The whining […]

Belligerent or Self Protection?

If you have tweens and teens, at one time or another you’ve probably seen that warlike seething that sometimes seems to explode even when asked to do what you think is a simple request.  Or maybe you see it in your spouse and don’t quite understand it.  How do you respond when you ask someone to […]