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  • The Underestimated Value of Present Fathers

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    I had an interesting experience at a church service recently. One of those moments when “a little child shall lead them.” During the closing songs, as I had my hands up in the air, my younger daughter decided she wanted to be held, so she climbed up and I held her with my left arm. She…
  • Why Does Life Have to Be So Hard? [Excerpt]

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    My oldest (and newest) daughter, Ana, is upbeat and energetic most of the time. Early in the morning, late at night, she invented perky. And she’s gone through more in her ten little years than most people would experience in ten lifetimes. Maybe someday she’ll write a book of her own, but for now, she’s…
  • Politics and Parenting

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    I saw a video of a three-year-old holding his growling dinosaur. When he was asked the name of his toy he responded with, “Donal Twump.” Our kids are noticing, hearing, and processing a lot more news than we realize. Do you protect your children from politics or include them in the process? There is value…
  • How to Grow Your Child’s Conscience

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    Have you ever noticed, some parents think their kids can do no wrong? Others think their children can do no right. Well, there are elements in both statements that have some truth in them. We are made in God’s image. And we have all sinned. I guess we are all perfectly imperfect. Our kids need parental…
  • ‘For Better or For Kids’: Giving 100 Percent Together

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    I (Patrick) can’t say that I hadn’t been warned about what marriage and parenting would require. I remember sitting in a Chicago park with my mentor while attending Moody Bible Institute. It was Sunday night, and we were meeting to talk about relationships. I don’t recall most of what he said that night. However, one…
  • How to Serve Someone with Parenting Challenges

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    I have some real challenges in my parenting reality. The extent of which I did not even fully understand until about a year ago. But those challenges have been a part of my life every single day for a long time.  And in the midst of navigating them over the years, I have felt eyes on…

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  • Favorite Children’s Books and Devotionals [Video]

    What books are your kids loving? Being a Christian parent to young kids, I love being able to read to my children and give them inspiration, while teaching them the enjoyment of reading! Here is the list of our family’s current favorite books and daily devotionals for toddlers and children. My name is Jaimie & I’m…
  • 3 Ways to Help Our Kids Process Racial Injustice

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    The shooting deaths—and subsequent reactions—of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are a reflection of how deeply broken our nation really is. Following those shootings, many of us woke up to the news of five police officers being gunned down—and several others injured—after a protest in Dallas had ended. This morning, I write as a grieving father . .…
  • Create Fun Bible Theme Weeks for Kids

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    Creating a “theme for the week” during the summer months makes memorable moments for your whole family and encourages engagement and creativity. In the next few weeks, I want to give you some ideas to use for Theme Weeks with your kids. You can build a theme around anything—Water Week, Bug Week, Cooking Week, Sports…
    • The Day the Fridge Died

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      Yesterday I found myself in a bit of an odd situation. It was mid-afternoon when I found myself sitting on the kitchen floor, surrounded by scattered condiments and salad dressing and a random jar of maraschino cherries. Looking back, I’m thinking I should’ve just tossed them out then and there. After all, I couldn’t recall…
    • Talking to Kids About Tragedy

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      We all want to protect our children from the things they hear in the news. We want them to feel like tragedy couldn’t happen to them, because we, as parents, will protect them. The problem with assuring your children that they are safe is not the whole truth. You will do your best to keep…
    • Kids, Summer, Screens, and Keeping the Peace

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      A Facebook SOS went out this week from my friend Missy (mom of 4 tween/teens): I need some help setting up guidelines and restrictions with screens during the summer with my 4 kids. (Screens=tv, computer, phone, video games, etc). Help! It’s especially an issue with all my boys. Any ideas welcome. (I am not super…
      • Stop Seeking Your Kids’ Happiness

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        “I just want to see my child be happy, Dr. Myers. Is that too much to ask?” I’ve heard some form of this statement time and again in my counseling practice. The parents are earnest and well-meaning, but I try to gently break it to them that seeking their child’s happiness is a shallow goal.…
      • How to Talk to Kids When Bad Things Happen

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        Whether it’s a mass shooting or a bomb in the crowd, no doubt your children are affected. I feel it’s important that we help our kids process hard information. Often we focus on praying for the victims or talk about what the next move for the government should be, forgetting that little eyes are watching…
      • Celebrate July Fourth with Scripture and the Grand Old Flag

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        Celebrate July 4th beyond the burgers and fireworks by using the thirteen strips of the Grand Old Flag as prayer points or Scripture strips for our nation. Display this project in your home as a reminder to continue to pray for our nation. Start by making or printing out a picture of a flag to use for either the version…
        • A Mother–Daughter Conversation about Words [Excerpt]

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          An excerpt from Between Us Girls by Trish Donohue It’s hard not to giggle at someone repeating a tongue twister. Her mouth contorts, and her words clog up like cars in a traffic jam. Let’s try one: “toy boat, toy boat, toy boat, toy boat, toy boat.” Go ahead, say it. Now say it faster.…
        • Invite the World into Your Home [Excerpt]

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          An excerpt from chapter 2 of Give Your Child the World, by Jamie C. Martin  (Zondervan). You can nurture a larger vision in your family—transforming it into a place where it’s just as common for your kids to think of the world beyond your borders as it is for them to ask what’s for dinner.…
        • Parenting Cats

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          Four teenagers. Yep that’s right — four independence-seeking, hormonally challenged, brains-not-fully-developed teenagers. All at one time! What were we thinking? We personally are dog people. But it was written somewhere that teenagers are like cats: They don’t turn their heads when you call. They never walk around with you in public. Whatever you do for them…
          • 9 Books to Prepare You and Your Child for Middle School

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            My family embarked on the middle school adventure last year with some trepidation. We were already riding the emotional roller coaster of adolescence at home. I feared the prospect of adding middle school drama into the mix. Memories of my own sixth-grade awkwardness, self-doubt, and tumultuous friendships fed my apprehensions. My go-to anecdote for fear…
          • Four Ways the SCOTUS Decision Should Affect Our Parenting

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            I was not even remotely surprised by the SCOTUS decision to strike down the Texas abortion law. Saddened? Yes. Disheartened by the newsfeed showing group after group of women cheering and raising the pro-choice banner high while claiming “victory for women’s ‘health?’” Tremendously so. But surprised? Not at all. Here in America, there are approximately…
          • Politics and Your Child

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            A five-year-old walked past the television set and paused to listen. The news was playing segments from the two political candidates. Each candidate shouted, pointed fingers, and made slanderous statements against the other. The five-year-old turned to ask, “Who are they?” The answer: the people who are trying to be president of our country. The…
            • #Doesn’tPlayWellWithOthers and Other Myths  

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              Jairus’s daughter. John Updike. Condoleezza Rice. Cary Grant. Chelsea Clinton. My grandmother. And my mother. Do you think “most selfish people in the world” when you hear these names and labels? Neither do I. But they were or are all only children. And the stereotype of only children is that they refuse to share, act…
            • Dear Mom With the Difficult Kid

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              Then little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” When He had…
            • Why God Needs Fathers

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              A father came home from work to find his little girl brushing the dog’s teeth with his toothbrush. He was horrified and asked her what she was doing. She said, “Oh, don’t worry, daddy, I’ll put it back like I always do.” Fathers deserve a day. You’ve heard the bad news about men and fathers:…
              • Nine Signs You are Parenting Teenagers

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                Yesterday they were a squishy ball of Johnson and Johnson’s scented newborn perfection, setting off the “need-to-have-a-baby-right-now pheromones” of women within a hundred miles. And now, just ten minutes later, they’ve become one of those eye-rolling, eternally oversleeping monsters called a teenager. Here are nine signs you’re raising one of them. You go through a…
              • Calling Strong Fathers [Book Excerpt]

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                The glory of children is their fathers. —Proverbs 17:6 I don’t know why you picked up this book. Maybe someone recommended it, or perhaps your wife or a friend gave it to you. I don’t know if you’re examining it in a bookstore or skimming it while riding on a commuter train. But if you…
              • Called to Coach

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                A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime. ~Billy Graham From my earliest years, all I wanted to do was play baseball. I was fortunate enough to play baseball in high school and college. I’m a lawyer now, but on the side, I coach both baseball…
                • The Perfect Gift [Video]

                  It’s tough to find, especially if you can’t remember the name of it. Watch the Skitzy Chicks try to find their husbands the perfect gift.
                • I’m Scared to Hold a Baby

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                  Few things in life scare me as much as holding another person’s child. I know that sounds weird, but allow me the opportunity to unpack my emotions for a moment. I think my fear stems from a few places. One, I flat out don’t know how to hold a baby. I feel like this little,…
                • A Dad’s Toolbox

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                  I can’t think of many things I’ve enjoyed more in my life than being a dad. Of course, there have been a few hard, even disappointing times, but not many. Kids will always be kids and I know I sure made my share of mistakes, learning how to be a father by trial and error…
                  • A Bookseller Recommends Parenting Favorites

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                    Did you know? 4.3 babies are born into this world every second. That extrapolates out to 255 born per minute, or 353,000 new faces each year. These numbers, in turn, indicate a whole lot of new fathers and mothers are created simultaneously. You may say, “But many of those new babies are not the only…
                  • Delivery Room [Video]

                    In this short clip, comedian Michael Jr shares what happened in the moments after his wife gave birth to their child, when he realized the power of a father’s voice.
                  • Parenting After the Diploma

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                    Your child’s new diploma has been hung for display or packed. Leftover invitations have said their last words in your recycle bin and are off to be remade into something else. Change is in the air. Your son or daughter has just finished their degree. And as for you? Your primary role in their life…
                    • Dear Dads: Spell FAME backwards

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                      If you are a father, you can be famous. Just spell fame backwards: Every Man As Father. What if we measured the fame of men in terms of the kind of fathers they are striving to become? How would that change and benefit your family? How would that change and benefit our Christian culture as…
                    • Who is pureHOPE? An Interview with CEO Noel Bouché

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                      Part of parenting kids so they know and love God involves addressing our culture’s confusing views on sexuality. ChristianParenting.org is pleased to partner with pureHOPE, a ministry with a mission to “inspire and equip believers to flourish in our sexually exploitative age and lead their families and communities to do the same.” In the coming…
                    • An Open Letter to the Cincinnati Zoo Mom

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                      Editor’s Note: We are grateful to our contributors Jim and Lynne Jackson, with Connected Families, for penning this response to the uproar stemming from the Cincinnati Zoo incident. We encourage you to read this post and this post, as well, to help inform your thinking about this event, and your response to it, as a Christ-follower.…
                      • Remember When Summer Was Relaxing?

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                        It’s clearly a new day when it comes to planning out our kids’ summer. My memory may fail me, but I can’t remember one time when I overheard my parents discussing which camps their three kids were going to attend, coordinating dates to ensure we had friends with us, and trying to decide what educational…
                      • Creative Ideas for Vacationing With Scripture

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                        Consider having a theme verse for your summer trip. I’ll share a couple of examples to get you thinking.  “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” Philippians 2:14 Vacations may be fun, but often present numerous opportunities for arguing and complaining. Going into the trip, with the more positive mindset of this verse can be helpful and…
                      • The Importance of Establishing Family Traditions

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                        On Friday night, my kids never ask what’s for dinner or what we are doing. Somewhere along our family’s history, Friday was dubbed Pizza Movie Night. Every Friday, with very few exceptions, we order pizza and all settle in on the brown sofa with some overflow onto the loveseat. We pour our soda into cups,…
                        • ‘A Graduation Prayer’ [Video]

                          From our friends the Skitzy Chicks, a new video for parents of graduates. What do we tell God as we watch our children prepare for the next phase of their lives?