Am I Raising Judgmental Kids?

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As I’m soldiering through these tween years, I have a new respect for mommas who’ve raised well-balanced, know-right-from-wrong adults who also have a deep, true genuine love for everyone. It’s not easy. Here’s how this has played out in our house: We teach them our core values. The things we want to stick. The things…

Helping Children Cope with Death

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Death is one of the hardest topics to broach with a young child, especially if you are struggling to deal with your own sorrow. However, it is an inescapable aspect of life and your child will want to understand it and find his own way to grieve. Children of all ages are confronted with that…

The Exit Strategy: a Parental Safety Net

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In October of 2010, I took the plunge to follow my call: I left a high-profile country radio morning show in Dallas/Fort Worth to start a life of ministry. I told my co-hosts first, which was by far the most difficult part. Afterward, I sat in the office of our program director. He looked me…

Is Your Child Ready for Believer’s Baptism?

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My seven-year-old has been asking, periodically for almost a year, to be baptized. I recorded this conversation from a car ride home after church in December: Me: Gabe, so why do you want to get baptized? Gabe: Because I do! Me: Nope, not good enough. Gabe: Because everyone else in our family has been baptized.…

If Your Child Is Different, Read This Book [A Review]

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“If your son continues with his behavior, we will need to ask you to find other schooling options,” the letter read from the principal. My husband and I had spent two years praying and correcting, but no matter how many parenting books we read and tried to apply, the notes sent home from school continued:…

Kids and Giftedness with Kathleen Fischer [Video]

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This clip from the Say Something Show features Kathleen Fischer’s wisdom on kids and their unique gifts. Kathleen Fischer, RN author, life-coach, educator, and mother of three, has specialized in adolescents for over thirty years. She has worked in public health, taught in high school as well as at the university level, and encourages parents through…

The Needy Child in Each of Us

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Kids have needs. Lots of needs. Constant, mind-numbing, are-you-serious, can-mommy-and-daddy-get-a-break kinds of needs. When our oldest child, Evan, started kindergarten, it was a bit of adjustment. (This adjustment may have involved a few tears, some blood-curdling screams, and gym-full of kindergarten parents thinking, “Well, at least that’s not my kid.”) Fortunately, he adjusted quickly and…

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.…