Parenting seems to be a balancing act between being too rigid and too relational. Mark Gregston shares about this tightrope walk we parents have done in the current and previous generations: The “Baby Boom” generation was so anxious to have good relationships with their children that they tended to set aside their primary role as parents. Their […]
I like to front-load rules and expectations with children to stave off, on the front-end, any negative or unwanted behavior. Generally, it works. There is this thing called “human nature,” however, that gets in the way!
Fascinating look at how grace and natural consequences are a great teacher!
I really enjoy talking with kids. They are always brutally honest. When they are young it is cute. However, the older they get (elementary school age) they learn more and more and there is no “learned” filter on their thoughts or take on life and family. I have to be careful the kinds of questions […]
This picture is from PostSecret.com, where people, you know, post secrets. As a parent myself, I wondered how I would have initially responded to seeing this on my garage floor. Would I praise and celebrate? Probably not. Would I scold and yell? Yep, more likely! This picture, however, makes me stop and think about what we […]
Here’s a little math: 24 hours a day x 7 days in a week = 168 total hours in a week minus 8 hours a day for SLEEP x 7 days = 56 hours sleeping per week minus 7 hours a day for SCHOOL x 5 days = 35 hours children are in school per […]
This is a guest post from my friend, Pastor Heath Davis. He wrote a great blog post a couple of years ago called “Parenthood and the Ticking Clock” and gave me permission to repost it here: It’s 9:17 p.m. I just got home from a meeting and have to get my boys down, return a […]
I am not your friend, I am your parent
This is a repost of an article that was written a couple of years ago, but still has important implications to how we disciple our children today and how we model to them what is important in life. This is a “tongue-in-cheek” article. He is encouraging the reader to be apathetic about your kids’ faith […]
When President Woodrow Wilson was president of Princeton University, he shared the following with a group of parents about their children: I get many letters from you parents about your children. You want to know why we people up here in Princeton can’t make more out of them and do more for them. Let me […]