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Q&A How & When Do You Share Disturbing News with Your Children?

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

After the Oregon shooting this week, a reader asked, “How and when do you share news like this with your children? I haven’t shared much “news” with my children but I have older ones and I want to expose them to more. What sources do you use or do you just pass the news to…
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Depressed Parents, Depressed Kids

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

“It’s a fallen world.” How often we find ourselves saying that! But it’s true that every person will have times of disappointment, loss, trials, or failure – it comes with being human. The question for each of us is, “How do I deal with this?” And sometimes, we may find ourselves in a dark place…
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Faithful At Work

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Does your Sunday morning faith go to work with you on Monday? Maybe in our quiet moments we plan how we’ll respond if we end up like the apostles in Acts 5:29 – “We ought to obey God rather than man.” But most days, the question is simpler – and sometimes more challenging: Am I working like…
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Talking to Teens About Ashley Madison, Josh Duggar, and The Rest

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Years ago when Bill Clinton’s scandals were news, I hated to listen to the radio in the car because I constantly had to be ready to turn it off or explain awkward things on the way to homeschool P.E. If you have teens, though, there’s just no way to turn off the constant stream of…
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Rivalry and Unity
Building Family Unity

Friday, August 21st, 2015

What can we do to build positive relationships in our family? How can we create a home life which encourages a sense of unity and teamwork, rather than constant competition and rivalry?

Rivalry and Unity
Getting Along With Siblings

Monday, August 17th, 2015

If you have siblings, you probably have rivalry. It’s a natural, human thing, and it’s plain from Scripture that it’s an expression of our fallen human nature. Think about Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers … and that’s just in Genesis. It’s a problem–and something God wants us to deal with it….
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Coming of Age Ceremonies
6. Taking The Next Steps

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

In this series, we’ve talked about why a formal “coming of age” ceremony can be useful. We discussed ideas about who to invite, who to have as a presenter, and what sort of presentation to have. Last post, we talked about the role of celebration – what sort of entertainment and fellowship you might include….
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Coming of Age:
5. Celebration is Part of the Ceremony, Too!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

At our sons’ coming-of-age ceremonies, we aim to gather the wisdom of significant men in the young man’s life and offer encouragement, welcome, and exhortation in a public, family-oriented setting.   But it’s not all teaching and ritual. Another thing we do is invite our guests to rejoice in this time of growth. Our family’s birthday celebrations…
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Coming of Age Ceremonies 3. What Would You Say To A Young New Adult?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

In our family, we believe it’s helpful to set a particular time in a young man’s life to begin transitioning him to adult roles. We talked about our reasons here, and explained who we involve in that formal time of recognition, here.    We want to impress on the young man that these new expectations…
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Coming of Age Ceremonies 2. Who We Invite

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

We described the idea of a formal coming-of-age ceremony here. We’ve done this with all six of our sons, and in a few years we’ll consider how to celebrate our eldest daughter! One of the earliest questions to answer is the form the ceremony should take … and therefore, who to invite? Since we’re totally at…
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