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  • Time to Chillax

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    All of us at Christian Parenting enjoy supplying you with articles and ideas to help you raise your kids to know and love the Lord. We hope you are enjoying the long, less hurried and harried days of summer. We want to do the same. So we are taking a few weeks of summer vacation…
  • I’m Given Wisdom | Teen Devotional

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    My Bible Reading: He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:8) Do you know your IQ? Just how smart are you? Some people seem to be naturally smart and are perfect 4.0 students. Others have to really work to make good grades. So does becoming a Christ follower…
  • Raising Kids to Leave

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    The coupon arrived from the bed and bath store saying, “Campus Bound: 20% off your entire purchase.” I looked at mine and wondered who I should give it to this year. That store will be filled this month with extra-long twin sheets, mattress covers, shower caddies, and desk lamps. It is also filled with moms…
  • Sharing God’s Big Love for 25 Years: Miss PattyCake

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    Several years ago at a moms’ convention, my booth sat next to that of a friendly woman who seemed very popular with young moms and their toddlers. Her cheerful green jumpsuit with the red candy striped blouse, bright red lipstick, and beaming smile drew a steady stream of twenty-something moms eager to buy her CDs…
  • ChristianParenting Podcast | Porn and Your Kids

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    As pornography becomes more acceptable to mainstream society, Christian parents must become proactive in their approach to dialoguing about it with their children. Rebecca Carrell discusses this challenge with Dr. David Henderson, who offers several suggestions for how to approach the subject of sexuality in a positive, shameless, “curiosity about sex is normal” way. Might…
  • When Parents Must Contradict Culture [Video]

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    Beyond the basics of raising healthy, educated, socially conscious children, Christian parents must consider the spiritual growth of their families. And many times, teaching biblical truths to our kids involves being counter-cultural. How does a mother answer the age-old complaining, “But Mom, all my friends have one!” What does a Dad do to show his…

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  • Even If

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    If the president of the United States signed into law a bill stating that worshiping God and being a Christian was illegal, would you obey the law? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were faced with just that decision when Nebuchadnezzar, who was the King of Babylon at the time, commanded every person in the land to…
  • Contemplating Kindness [Video]

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    Can kindness actually change a life? Join our carpool chat with Leon Logothetis—author, producer and host of the Netflix series The Kindness Diaries—as we chat about the very real power of kindness.
  • Helping Kids Learn to Handle Anger

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    Everybody gets mad sometimes, and kids are no exception. Anger is natural, but learning how to handle anger will mean stepping away from what is natural. Children handle their anger differently so you might not be able to use the same techniques as your friends. It’s even likely that your own kids will need different…
    • Raising a Helpful Child

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      Teaching your kids to do chores is a good idea, not just because it helps you but also because it helps them! “Knowing how to clean the house, cook a meal, wash their clothes, and manage time and money are all necessary skills kids need to learn,” says child psychologist Dr. Bob Myers. “As parents,…
    • Raising Patriots

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      Our kids are hearing a lot of rhetoric these days on the news, in school, around the dinner table, and even in church. Kids tend to believe what they hear most often. Will our kids grow up to think America is great, or only that it used to be? Israel is known for its patriotism.…
    • Instagram: Bad for Teens? | ChristianParenting Podcast

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      On today’s podcast, we spoke with psychiatrist and seminary professor Dr. David Henderson about the popular photo-centric app Instagram. Is the leading app among teenagers really the worst app they could have? In this insightful interview, he explores the way in which social media influences teens’ emotional well-being and self-image, and the alternatives to its destructive use.…
      • Moms, what voices are you listening to?

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        Just the other day, after a restless night of sleep, cut short by my son Noah’s growing pains in the middle of the night, I crawled out of bed. I muttered a few unintelligible words to my husband and left our bedroom. Then staggered downstairs. After making a cup of coffee, I plopped on the…
      • A Very Special Country: Kids Answer Questions about America

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        In this energetic, yet educational and thoughtful, video montage, kids are asked questions about their country. What do you like most about America? Who is your favorite Founding Father? What did they dump into Boston Harbor? What’s our country’s symbol? What does your family do on the fourth of July? Follow along with your kids…
      • Why a MLB Star Walked Away from $13 Million

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        Chicago White Sox player Adam LaRoche made headlines in May 2016 when he famously elected to retire instead of acceding to the team president’s demand that he “dial down” how often he brought his son Drake to the clubhouse. “#FamilyFirst,” he tweeted in his announcement making that decision public. But in the year since his retirement,…
        • ChristianParenting Podcast | John Stonestreet

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          In this podcast hosted by Rebecca Carrell, John Stonestreet discusses the ideas behind his new book, A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World. “We don’t have to lose the next generation to culture.” John explains what he think is the most significant theological issue that kids need to understand in order…
        • 5 Tips to Surviving Family Transition

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          For more than three months our family has been living in transition—stacked cardboard boxes, take-out pizza, and cranky kids off schedule. We moved from Texas to California to clear out my childhood home after my mom’s sudden death—and now we head to Pennsylvania while we wait on God to show us the next ministry position…
        • How to be the Parent You Meant to Be

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          Remember the parent you meant to be before you actually were a parent? You most likely looked at other people’s terrible-two-year-olds and thought to yourself, My kid will never act like that. Now you realize your child not only “acts like that,” but knowing what to do about their behavior often baffles you. During the…
          • Groundbreaking Pilot’s Advice for Dads

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            Karen Borta, the CBS anchor, said, “I need a piece of paper. I have to write that down.” CBS had just finished airing a segment about Lou Freeman, a Southwest Airlines pilot. Lou was in the ROTC program, enlisted in the Air Force and later was hired by Southwest Airlines to pilot their planes. While…
          • The Four-Part Plan to Save Summer Sanity

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            Congratulations! You white-knuckled your way through May with all of the final projects, celebrations, and awards days. Welcome to summer! Summer promises a hot sun, lazy mornings–and kids who bore easily and fuss often. Our sanity is seriously at risk! A solid plan and clear expectations help to maintain our sanity during the long summer…
          • Why we brought our kids to their grandmother’s deathbed

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            May began with a funeral and ended with a wedding. We let our kids do both. Allowing them to participate in the wedding was a no-brainer. Of course they would take the opportunity to be flower girls and a junior bridesmaid for a close family friend. It was an honor and a joy. Truthfully, we gave no…
            • Getting Creative Now That School is Out

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              I am enjoying seeing kids riding their bikes around the neighborhood—a site that is becoming increasingly rare. I remember when my own kids were in school and summer rolled around. It was always interesting to hear the different reactions to this annual reprieve from the routine of school, homework, report cards and seemingly endless papers…
            • Can I be a good mom and not choose organic?

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              I get that question a lot, and I answer, “Absolutely.” As Americans become more aware of food allergies and food safety, new terms have become mainstream: gluten-free, vegan, going organic, and more. We all want to know what’s healthiest, what’s dangerous, and how we can provide the best food for our families. But the marketplace…
            • My child doesn’t believe in God. Now what?

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              Many discouraged parents have asked us this question: How should we respond to our child who doubts the reality of God? When children suggest “there is no God” it’s natural for parents to immediately try to convince them otherwise. It’s a good intention, but one that often deepens the chasm between kids’ doubts and their…
              • Five Things To Teach Your Kids About Money

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                The teenager lost a contact lens while playing basketball in his driveway. After a brief, fruitless search, he gave up. His mother took up the cause and within minutes found the lens. “How did you do that?” he asked. “We weren’t looking for the same thing,” she explained. “You were looking for a small piece…
              • ‘The Joy of Letting Go’ | ChristianParenting Podcast

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                Parents let go of their children every day, even in ways they don’t realize. It doesn’t just happen at graduation or a wedding—it starts early! In The Joy of Letting Go, a collection of 52 devotional readings that shine a light on all the times readers have loosened their grip on their children, author Vicki…
              • How to Avoid Parental Burnout

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                When people talk about experiencing burnout at work, most people simply nod their heads with a knowing kind of look. It’s almost expected that a time will come where you’ve had all you can take at a job and just need a break. The thought that we would experience that with our kids, however, often…
                • The Day I Gave Up Diet Coke

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                  I love Diet Coke. To be more specific, I love Coke Zero and Diet Dr. Pepper. Not just a little something I enjoy; I mean, I thrive on it. And it can’t be from just anywhere, either. I like certain locations, with a certain ice, only in the right cup, and with the perfect carbonation-to-syrup…
                • Free Fun for the Summer Budget

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                  The kids are HOME!  The electric bill has doubled, the grocery bill has tripled, and the noise level is . . . okay, you get the picture. The summer is a wonderful, happy, less-scheduled time of the year. It is healthy for kids to relax, imagine, play and hang out with friends and siblings. But,…
                • The Parenting Teens Summit

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                  As a parent of two teens and two younger children, and as the editor of Christianparenting.org, I was surprised and somewhat appalled that I had never heard of Axis until now. Axis is a ten-year-old ministry whose strategy is simple, yet incredibly unique: they are culture translators. They stay abreast of the pulse of culture,…
                  • Parenting Comparisons: A Game You Can’t Win

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                    One of the more damaging habits facing our society today is comparison living. It’s this idea of “keeping up with the Joneses.” This is an age-old saying, but the Joneses are more present now than ever. They seem to have the perfect life with the nice two-story house, two nice cars, the country club membership,…
                  • The Gospel for the Un-Graduated

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                    Do you have a child who recently missed an opportunity to graduate, or perhaps didn’t graduate because other life circumstances interrupted his or her progress towards a degree? As a former high school dropout, myself, allow me to speak a few gospel truths that touch on some of the thoughts and emotions your son or…
                  • What should kids know about Memorial Day?

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                    Kids probably think Memorial Day is about a day of vacation, barbeques, parades, and the chance to hang the flag out on the front porch. Parents tend to protect kids from the real meaning of the holiday. There will be plenty of time for them to understand the sacrifices of war, the cost of freedom,…
                    • Should teenagers get a summer job?

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                      In 1978 almost seventy-two percent of our teenagers got a summer job. Today, that number is about twenty-eight percent. Different reasons are given for the change. The recession meant that many of the jobs formerly given to teenagers are now taken by adults. The increase in illegal immigration has added to that job deficit as…
                    • Is My Child Safe at a Christian Summer Camp?

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                      When the school year winds down and temperatures heat up, parents begin to think about summer activities for their children. As one of the most iconic summer pastimes in America, summer camp is at the top of the list. In evaluating Christian camps, parents often look at programs offered, the location of the facility and…
                    • Connecting Real Food to Spiritual Health

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                      Good food. The phrase means different things to different people. Aside from the obvious (parents: vegetables; kids: candy!), even our location—farm, suburban, urban—affects how we access food and think about nutrition. Connecting City To Farm, a nonprofit organization founded by Kris Habashy, connects food producers and consumers by teaching families about safe and affordable nutrition through…
                      • For Those Who Mourn on Mother’s Day

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                        Often the worst day of the year for an infertile woman is Mother’s Day. On this holiday, going to a house of worship can feel more like going to the house of mourning. During the decade when my husband and I went through infertility treatment, lost seven pregnancies, and endured three failed adoptions, I found…
                      • Cool Moms

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                        Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. —Proverbs 31:25 ESV My mom was not cool. Not at all. Not one little bit. Not even close. Don’t get me wrong, my mom is a wonderful person. She is funny, witty, and smart. She is generous, compassionate, and gentle. She…
                        • Smart Money Management for Grads

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                          If you’re the parent of a child already attending or about to enter college, you probably have a lot on your mind. That’s understandable. College is an exciting time of life, full of big choices and exciting opportunities. But let’s face it, it’s also a stage of life that can bring temptations—money troubles in particular.…