Why I don’t tell my kids to be nice

Crunch crunch, smack. Like nails on a chalkboard, I could hear the open-mouthed chewing of one of my children from across the room.  Chew with your…


Guiding our daughter through hills and valleys

The October afternoon hovered near triple digits in Southern California. I stood near my wife at the base of Poop Out Hill, the second of three…


Emotions: How parenting can cause a heart change

I think one of the most annoying parts of parenting is when you are disciplining a kid, and you know that it’s something you are personally terrible…


A script to preach to myself

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Revelation 12:11a   I’ll never forget the first time a girl in…


Building faith in your teenage daughter to trust the King with her future love

The story is told of a time when a small community was experiencing a drought. It had lasted for some time, and the farmers were struggling. As the…


My seven-year-old blubbered as she cried in much shame and sadness, “Daddy, here, take this money!”  A bit puzzled, I asked, “Why are you giving…

Empowering Our Girls God’s Way

Recently, I was perusing a section in a popular bookstore entirely dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women. As I did so, I saw a lot of…


What 'Strong is the New Pretty' Says about Our Daughters

A group of fathers was recently asked to name the top two or three qualities they hoped to see in their daughters. Intelligent, independent, and…