How to avoid power struggles with your children

“I don’t want to take a nap! I am not tired! You are so unfair!”  “I am the only teen in the world who does not have social media! You are so…


Five ways loneliness and isolation contribute to teen suicide and self-injury

Matthew and his parents entered my office and sat down on my couch.  Matthew folded his arms and stared out my window. His parents both took a deep…


5 ways to talk about faith with teenagers during the Olympics

Despite all odds, the 2020 Olympic Games are happening now in Tokyo.  The irony of the “2020” Games taking place in 2021 is not lost on the young…


Teenagers are church members, too

Teenagers naturally have selective hearing and understanding. They may walk in the obedience their parents call them to, but many haven’t chosen to…


Struggle well: Fatherhood, love, and grace

Fatherhood is a struggle.  Don’t get me wrong. It is glorious, exhausting, worthwhile, exasperating, a blessing, and painful.  It is all of those…


Prayers for a Tired Dad

God has always used ordinary people to do remarkable things. That’s where you come in, Dad. You are a man God can use. God knows we are imperfect.…


Role reversal: The beauty of serving a parent

I’ve observed my mom almost eat glass. She’s been lost around the neighborhood a few times, she’s told me she doesn’t love me anymore, and she drank…


Four truths about childhood for grandparents to embrace

Vacation requests were approved and tickets bought. Beds were ready and the refrigerator was stocked. Finally, the day came! Our three grandchildren…


How the discipline of Sabbath rest saved my daughter’s life

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” (Exodus 20:8 ESV). My daughter, Megan, is a senior in college and struggles with perfectionism and…