The perfectly imperfect puzzle: Working with what God has given you today

I was laying in bed late one night, and I heard a message come in on my phone. It was from my fourteen-year-old daughter. The gist of it is that she…


Middle school romance survival guide

For me, it was Chase. My first Middle School crush, straight out of a romance novel: curly locks, football muscles, bad boy attitude, and the ability…


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…


How to help your teen connect with the Bible

As my daughters get older and increasingly independent, I’m more aware than ever that allowing them to take ownership of their faith is critical.…


How you can have more influence than JoJo Siwa

My wife and I were watching a game show the other day where the winning word was influencer.  We weren’t sure how the contestant was going to get the…


Zero expectations

Expectations... they get me every time.  When expectations are met, life is good. All is well. Everyone is happy. Everyone wins. I love it when life…


Parenting a Middle Schooler with Love

This morning, I sent my daughter off to middle school with a prayer and a kiss on her head. In the past 45 minutes, we laughed, hugged, fussed,…


Land the helicopter

The term helicopter parent was coined in 1969 by Dr. Haim Ginot in his book, Between Parent and Teenager. It refers to a parent who hovers or…


3 promises for your college bound child

It’s that time of the year when parents whose kids are college bound are busy preparing them for dorm or apartment life.  It’s a never ending list of…