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…

Free Fun for the Summer Budget

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The kids are HOME!  The electric bill has doubled, the grocery bill has tripled, and the noise level is . . . okay, you get the picture. The summer is a wonderful, happy, less-scheduled time of the year. It is healthy for kids to relax, imagine, play and hang out with friends and siblings. But,…

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,…

Should teenagers get a summer job?

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In 1978 almost seventy-two percent of our teenagers got a summer job. Today, that number is about twenty-eight percent. Different reasons are given for the change. The recession meant that many of the jobs formerly given to teenagers are now taken by adults. The increase in illegal immigration has added to that job deficit as…

Teaching Kids to Think

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One of the most difficult months of the teaching year is May. Young kids can’t sit still. Older kids know how to count the days and daydream. High schoolers are more interested in their proms than their papers. And college students are asking themselves why they didn’t start to finish sooner. There is so much…

The Parents’ Club

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I recently made a mistake I have made way too often. Most parents make this same mistake because it often goes unreported. The day we meet our children is one of the most life-changing moments of our lives. Actually, it might be the most life-changing moment of our lives. It’s natural to talk about it,…

Can Children Love God?

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Hopefully, children experience love and the bonds of love from the time of their birth. Before their first birthday, they have developed smiles and other behaviors that indicate they know the people who love them are special and unique from the other people in the world. Children experience love from an early age, but when…

A Little Bunny and a Lot of Jesus

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Explaining the Easter bunny is a lot like explaining Santa. Santa is easy because that was simply the nickname given for St. Nicholas—who is a great Christmas story. The Easter bunny is a little trickier, but still doable. How did the Easter bunny come to be associated with the celebration of the resurrection of Christ? In…

Hey Mom, why do they call it Good Friday?

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Kids have a lot of questions about Easter. For that matter, so do most of their parents. The Easter story is a tough story to tell kids. I used to remind Jim, my preacher husband, to be aware of the little faces in front of him when he was preaching the events of Good Friday.…