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  • 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…

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  • 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.…
                  • 12 Vital Things for Parents to Say to Their Gay Child

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                    “My young adult just  told me he’s (or she’s) gay. Now what?” This inquiry used to be a rare one. This past month I have spoken to three different moms seeking answers to this very question. Broken-hearted, lonely, and confused, they are looking for camaraderie, comfort, and clarity. Empathy and compassion I have in full…
                  • Teaching Kids to Think

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                    One of the most difficult months of the teaching year is May. Young kids can’t sit still. Older kids know how to count the days and daydream. High schoolers are more interested in their proms than their papers. And college students are asking themselves why they didn’t start to finish sooner. There is so much…
                  • The Parents’ Club

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                    I recently made a mistake I have made way too often. Most parents make this same mistake because it often goes unreported. The day we meet our children is one of the most life-changing moments of our lives. Actually, it might be the most life-changing moment of our lives. It’s natural to talk about it,…
                    • Will Your Teenagers Graduate from Their Faith After High School?

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                      Will your teenage son or daughter still be walking with Jesus when they graduate college? Or will they leave their faith behind as they walk off that graduation stage to start a new chapter of life? As parents, we want what’s best for our kids. As Christians, we know that means following Jesus for a…
                    • Teaching Kids How to Pray

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                      Sometimes God gifts parents with moments when we think, maybe I’m doing okay with this parenting thing. Like a few weeks ago when my son, age seven, saw a homeless man as we drove and said, “God, please help that man. He looks dirty and sad.” Awww. So sweet. But let’s be real. My stack…
                    • When Your Children Grieve

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                      In January, a sixteen-year-old girl from my community was tragically killed in an ATV accident. But she was not one of those unknown faces or names that we see on the news every night. It was a classmate and teammate of my own kids, a dear friend that they lost suddenly. Because my children attend…
                      • Can Children Love God?

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                        Hopefully, children experience love and the bonds of love from the time of their birth. Before their first birthday, they have developed smiles and other behaviors that indicate they know the people who love them are special and unique from the other people in the world. Children experience love from an early age, but when…
                      • Charting Your Family’s Spiritual Course

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                        Decades of moral and spiritual decay have left our foundations crumbling. Our families are in disarray and our nation’s homes are broken, and we continue to lose ground at an alarming rate. Are parents being the spiritual leaders that they should be? Are children being discipled in the home?  Until these basic commandments from scripture…
                      • One Family’s Unusual Adoptive Journey [Excerpt]

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                        Our family makeup is unique. If I were to see my family out in public, I’d be curious and probably stare a bit. So rather than be easily offended or pretend to be normal, we try to face it with openness, grace, and a little humor. We chose to adopt two kids with Down syndrome…
                        • Redeeming Carpool and Commute Time

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                          Have you ever calculated how much time you spend in the car each week?!? (For heaven’s sake, please don’t!) My guess is that you would agree it’s enough time that we should consider how to spend it. The good news is, spending time in the car is a perfect opportunity to talk to your kids…