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,…

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,…

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…

Now That Your Teen Has Watched ’13 Reasons Why’

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About half an hour ago, I clicked Netflix off and sobbed like a baby. Have you heard of 13 Reasons Why? The Netflix original series is a revenge fantasy orchestrated by a suicidal teen. Through the thirteen tapes she recorded before her death, Hannah gets revenge on the individuals she considers the “reasons” she committed…

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…