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…

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…

3 Ways to Help Our Kids Process Racial Injustice

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The shooting deaths—and subsequent reactions—of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are a reflection of how deeply broken our nation really is. Following those shootings, many of us woke up to the news of five police officers being gunned down—and several others injured—after a protest in Dallas had ended. This morning, I write as a grieving father . .…

Why did a good ‘Dad’ let them kill his Son?

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Your kids will probably ask you that question someday. Are you ready to answer? There isn’t a child or, quite frankly, an adult who finds that question simple to understand or answer. Surely God could have come up with a better way to save our souls than to kill his child. Good dads don’t let bad…

How Deep Is the Father’s Love For Us, Really?

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When I first contacted a new client about his book, I emailed him words of consolation: “Though I’m sure you’ve heard this far too many times, I’m sorry that you and your family had to endure such a loss. It’s unfathomable.” In early 1998, Dwight Fletcher’s nine-year-old son lost his fight with cancer. The book…