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  • How to Help Our Kids Learn from Mistakes

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    As parents, one of our greatest fears is often that we’ll do something to screw up our kids. While my two children are still young, I already wonder at times whether I’m being too hard or not hard enough. How do you discipline a three-year-old, for example, in such a way that she’ll understand what…
  • A Bucket List for Christian Parents

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    Have you heard the song by MercyMe titled “Dear Younger Me”? In some ways that was the inspiration for this article. I had been asked to speak to a group of moms at a Christian school and my thoughts took me down a similar road that Bart Millard walked when he wrote that song. As…
  • My Child Has Cancer: One Family’s Spiritual Journey

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    Jace Poncio was two years old when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A. L. L.). Initially, his parents, Jason and Tisha, were told his treatment would take three years, but it took an extra six months. He completed his last chemo treatment at age six on May 25, 2016—a week before his Kindergarten…
  • Ephesians 6 — The Spirit-Led Parent

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    With the usual caveat that my parents weren’t perfect, I freely admit that I have big shoes to fill as a mother. My parents fed, clothed, and schooled my brothers and me. They cheered us on and worked hard to give us every chance at success. They loved us. And they consistently disciplined us. Paul’s…
  • The First Pillar of Truth We Must Teach Our Children

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    In my previous post, I noted two concerning, and connected, trends: Young people walking away from faith Biblical literacy dramatically declining among young people (and adults) As promised, this is the first of five pillars to teach your family. That means five ways to help your family grow up to understand truth and to walk more confidently…
  • The Awesome Thing about Your Kid’s Misbehavior

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    The rough-looking teen’s tough veneer had softened. I detected tears in his eyes. “No one has ever said anything like that to me.” Just minutes before, I met this teen in a line at our local amusement park. After a brief conversation, I dug a little deeper and asked Jared what he was good at.…

Discussions

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  • Kids and Lenten Fasting: Yes, No, or How Much?

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    I was raised in an Episcopalian, church-going family. My mother volunteered anywhere she was needed, my father served on the vestry, and my sisters and I participated in choir, youth group, and other various church activities. I remember my parents observing Lent each year, mainly because my mother would always give up sweets, and if…
  • Kid Kindness

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    What kind of kindness can kids kindly give? How is a kind kid created? A room full of toddlers all wanting the same toy is usually not a picture of kindness. A soccer field full of competing children may not demonstrate kindness. A group of teens with laughing sarcasm and a cell phone may not…
  • Teaching Our Kids to Love God with All Their Strength

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    And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…
    • The Most Important Thing to Teach Our Kids

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      As parents, we’re on the lookout for things that might harm our kids. It’s instinctive to annihilate dangers in their path: germs, foods additives, diseases, preservatives, and a steady diet of sugar. I’m pretty sure Stephanie and I will give our future grandkids plenty of cookies and ice cream, but right now it drives us crazy when the grandparents…
    • One Crucial Characteristic of Exceptional Kids

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      As exceptional parents, our goal is to pass on the importance of faith to our children. Not a secular faith or a general “Sure, I believe there is a God” kind of faith. Instead, we want our children to learn about a real, interpersonal, loving Lord who has an amazing, eternal plan for their lives! This…
    • Valentine’s Day with Kids

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      It was Valentine’s Day and each student decorated a shoebox for the holiday. We all took turns dropping our Valentines into one another’s boxes. I remember picking up my box and finding a large, grown-up Valentine sitting on top, with a big box of chocolates. I was a shy fifth grader and I still remember…
      • After a Miscarriage: From Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith

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        In the months following the second miscarriage, I felt so broken; I felt as if the pieces of my heart had been scrambled on the floor and I did not know where to start in piecing them together again. I could barely see through the tears to begin the process of restoration. Then I realized…
      • 7 Reasons You Should Care About Martin Luther

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        Did you know that 2017 is the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses? You don’t have to be Lutheran to care about this important moment in the history of the Christian faith. The changes that Martin Luther brought to the world sparked the Protestant Reformation and have effects that trickle down to people of…
      • The Problem of Love [Video]

        Valentine’s Day is about chocolate, flowers, and letting that special someone know just how much you care. But as the Skitzy Chicks find out, love adds up to so much more!  
        • Protecting Our Kids Eternally

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          For parents, few things are more important than keeping our kids safe. It’s why we incessantly check on them as babies to make sure they’re still breathing, place child-proof locks on every cabinet despite the fact that they’re also parent-proof, and lose half a year off our lives every time we go thirty seconds without…
        • Say Something Show: Grandma Wisdom on Teens and Generational Love

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          I’ve heard from a couple of incredibly encouraging folks who asked if I’d post the latest Say Something Show episodes. Kathleen Fischer, author, registered nurse, certified life-coach, speaker, and a mom and encourager to many parents AND kids, stopped by to share her no-nonsense approach to tough issues that face kids and parents. In this…
        • 7 Ways to Impact Your Teen’s Almost Adult Phase

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          Have big sighs and rolling eyes entered your home? You must be the parent of a tween or teen. First off, let’s just get this fact out of the way: Mom, Dad, you are no longer cool. Even if you once were, you have officially lost your mojo, and it is your teen’s mission to…
          • Kids in the Kitchen

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            You know all of those sweet commercials that show mom making cookies with her smiling, helpful, neat, and super clean children? Is it just me, or does anyone else think, “We never look like that!”? Baking and cooking is messy! And when you get kids in the kitchen, guess what happens? They make a mess!…
          • 10 Ways to Halt Your Child’s Negative Self-Talk

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            “I’m so stupid.” “I can’t do that.” “I will only mess up.” “I’m a bad kid.” “I hate myself.” “There’s no reason to study. I will fail anyway.”  Do your kids speak like this about themselves? Do they verbalize negative self-messages? Do they have a defeatist mindset? Do they demonstrate a pattern of pessimism? Do…
          • Praying a Life Verse for Your Child

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            I’m an overthinker, so when I decided to pick a verse to pray for my children, it sort of stressed me out. There are so many great Scriptures, how would I choose?  Do I pray a different one for each kid or just pick one for both? Should I pick a verse, passage, or even chapter? Though…
            • From Pandemonium to Purpose: Finding Your Family’s Superpowers

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              Sometimes family life can seem like a crazy collision of everyone’s challenges and weaknesses. In our family Jim could get impatient and snippy, Lynne tended to nag, Daniel liked to dominate and demand fairness, Bethany was over-sensitive and cried easily, and Noah sometimes told fibs to avoid conflict. On a bad day, it was mayhem!…
            • Create Moments of Awe and Wonder for Your Children

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              Over the holidays I had the opportunity to participate in Advent celebrations in churches of different faiths. I am always curious to observe how churches include or exclude children in the life of the church because it says something about how they view the spiritual growth and development of little ones. In one church the…
            • Three Important Conversations to Have with Your Kids

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              Years ago my wife came across a book that stirred both of our hearts: Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it (by Ken Ham, Britt Beemer & Todd Hillard). Estimates suggest two-thirds of kids from Christian homes will walk away from the faith during college. But here’s the…
              • The Friendship Fix

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                Some kids pick the best friends and some kids need a little help with “discernment.” God created our kids with the ability to choose, and he honors their right to choose. One of our most important jobs as a parent is teaching our kids how to use their right to choose, rightly. When do you…
              • Youth Sex Trafficking: America’s Hidden Slavery

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                To a parent of a teenage daughter and son, it was unthinkable. I couldn’t believe this was happening in America, let alone the very city where I reside. But every day thousands of teens are sold for sex in America. And these teens are of every socio-economic segment, every race, every gender, every religion. As…
              • A Parent’s Real Motivation for Wanting Kids to Obey

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                The heavy topic of perfection once again sucked all of the oxygen from the air surrounding one of my kids the other night. I watched as the lure, the expectation and the absolute inability-to-be-perfect weighed heavy and locked in like a heat-seeking missile to its target. I guess with five kids, this topic was sure…
                • Successfully Launch Your Out-of-the-Box Child

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                  From the very beginning, Nathan was different from other children. Not different because of his face shape or his freckles or his personality. A different kind of different. He did not fit into any boxes we could define. Agitation seemed to be a part of his internal motor that revved up each day. People and…
                • The One Thing We Can’t Give Our Kids

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                  As a mom, we can give our kids many things: We can give them our time, our attention, and our unwavering support. We can give them new experiences to stretch them and boundaries to protect them. We can give them a “yes” as much as possible, and a “no” when it matters. We can give them love in the form of discipline and acceptance no…
                • Give Your Child the Gift of Responsibility

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                  This is the easiest rubber-meets-the-road way I’ve seen to build responsibility in children that I’ve come across. The idea is that, on birthdays ages 11–18, you give your child a freedom/responsibility in the form of a gift.  Read on for “How it works,” as well as “How it’s worked for my family.” How it works: (as explained…
                  • Raising Kind Kids

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                    Are babies born “kind” or is kindness a learned behavior? After looking at several studies the best answer I could find to that question is “yes.” Human beings are born with a natural sense of compassion for others. But that natural compassion can be impacted by the way a child is raised. Kindness is something…
                  • Why New Dads Should Go on a Post-Partum Diet

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                    If there’s one four-letter word I can’t stand, it’s the one heard most often in January: diet. Maybe I should blame it on being raised as a Baptist. It wasn’t until much later in life that I learned a church event could occur without food. Or I could blame it on genetics. Gratefully (so far),…
                  • SaySomething: Empower Your Kids through Delegating [Video]

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                    In this video podcast (or, “vodcast” as we like to call it), Chrystal Evans Hurst talks with us about how empowering it is for her children to have responsibilities delegated to them. Just seven minutes long, this conversation covers real-life situations with practical insight and a lot of humor. Subscribe to the YouTube channel for…
                    • Parenting: When Doing Less Accomplishes More

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                      Have you ever had one of those conversations where you don’t know what you are going to say until you say it, and you don’t realize how true it is until it’s out of your mouth? That happened to me recently. I was talking to a sweet young woman whom I mentor, listening intently as…
                    • Finding Comfort and Joy in the New Year

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                      “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 …
                    • Your Child in 2017—Are You Ready?

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                      If your child is under the age of one, think of them like the weather in Texas: If you don’t like something, just wait a week and you will see things change. If your child is toddling around the house: think of 2017 like your box of Christmas ornaments: some moments are fragile, sometimes things…
                      • Waiting Well

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                        As a mother of six kids, I’ve learned the importance of waiting well. Waiting for them to put on their shoes, waiting for them to find their shoes, waiting for rooms to be cleaned and homework to be finished. But most of all waiting for them to become the people God created them to be.…
                      • Your Nativity Scene is Mostly Wrong—But That’s Alright

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                        Some of you watched your precious babies act out the “greatest story ever told” at their preschool Christmas program. And chances are, your Nativity scene is still displayed today. But most of these traditions likely portray the birth of Jesus inaccurately. What are the real details about the Nativity—the events surrounding the birth of Jesus?…
                      • Making Memories

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                        I remember as a young woman hearing an older woman say, “Don’t wait for memories to happen. Your most important memories will be made.” She went on to teach us how important it was to have things like family traditions, family priorities, and times to plan and prepare for those memories to be made. Looking…
                        • Creating Community through the Holidays and Beyond

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                          Need for Community + Holiday Season = Stressed People. We want our tribe gathered around us. We need our people. But church events and Christmas programs and work parties, oh my. Where do we scrunch one more thing in? On the other hand, maybe the celebration of our Lord’s birth and the anticipation of a…