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…

From Bad Hair to Brokenness: Pointing Our Kids to God

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Kate is my awesome, godly daughter who rarely flies her thirteen-year-old crazy flag. But when she does, it’s great stuff that must be shared. So with her permission, I relay a worthy moment in our house a few weeks ago in hopes of giving us something bigger to consider in our parenting journey. One particular…

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…

Kids and Lenten Fasting: Yes, No, or How Much?

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I was raised in an Episcopalian, church-going family. My mother volunteered anywhere she was needed, my father served on the vestry, and my sisters and I participated in choir, youth group, and other various church activities. I remember my parents observing Lent each year, mainly because my mother would always give up sweets, and if…

Valentine’s Day with Kids

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It was Valentine’s Day and each student decorated a shoebox for the holiday. We all took turns dropping our Valentines into one another’s boxes. I remember picking up my box and finding a large, grown-up Valentine sitting on top, with a big box of chocolates. I was a shy fifth grader and I still remember…

Say Something Show: Grandma Wisdom on Teens and Generational Love

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I’ve heard from a couple of incredibly encouraging folks who asked if I’d post the latest Say Something Show episodes. Kathleen Fischer, author, registered nurse, certified life-coach, speaker, and a mom and encourager to many parents AND kids, stopped by to share her no-nonsense approach to tough issues that face kids and parents. In this…

Three Important Conversations to Have with Your Kids

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Years ago my wife came across a book that stirred both of our hearts: Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it (by Ken Ham, Britt Beemer & Todd Hillard). Estimates suggest two-thirds of kids from Christian homes will walk away from the faith during college. But here’s the…

Youth Sex Trafficking: America’s Hidden Slavery

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To a parent of a teenage daughter and son, it was unthinkable. I couldn’t believe this was happening in America, let alone the very city where I reside. But every day thousands of teens are sold for sex in America. And these teens are of every socio-economic segment, every race, every gender, every religion. As…

Parenting: When Doing Less Accomplishes More

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Have you ever had one of those conversations where you don’t know what you are going to say until you say it, and you don’t realize how true it is until it’s out of your mouth? That happened to me recently. I was talking to a sweet young woman whom I mentor, listening intently as…