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…

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…

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…