Raising kids who do the dishes…without being asked

Raising kids who do the dishes…without being asked

Wait. Did you read that title correctly? Is this simple little blog post actually going to give you a step-by-step formula for getting your kids to…


The two nonnegotiables in our house

The two nonnegotiables in our house

Key Verse: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34 NIV). I’m the middle kiddo of…


Grace based parenting

Grace based parenting

When I write about grace based parenting, I'm not referring to the book by Dr. Tim Kimmel, or any parenting books for that matter. Grace based…


Connecting to your child’s heart

We were having a few friends over in the afternoon, and I had prepared a tray full of matching teacups, a crystal dish of sugar, and an array of…


Helping your child with lying

Did you know that honesty and truth telling are part of living a blessed life (Psalm 34:12–13)? But we still lie. Why is that? Often it’s because we…


Running into grace

A common misconception about my family is that since both of my grandfathers were evangelists and preachers, everyone in the family must be saints.…


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…


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…


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…