Archive for the 'Family Life' Category

Giving Devices for Christmas

Monday, December 8th, 2014

As parents, we have a love/hate relationship with all the devices in our home. We depend on our laptops. We run our business from them and our teen/twenties sons run their businesses from theirs, too. We use them to communicate with each other – especially the grown up kids in other states. If we need to…
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Planning A Christ-Centered Thanksgiving

Monday, November 17th, 2014

  Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays! It’s one of the least commercialized and mangled holidays of our culture. Even the name points people toward the God who gives good gifts. It’s fascinating talking about Thanksgiving with our children. The Pilgrims were really people a lot like us: they were principled Christians who were…
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Keeping An Eye on Competitive Sports

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Over the years, our six boys tried basketball, soccer, baseball, and finally football – which is where most of them settled in. Along the way we learned a few things that make a big difference in the experience for your kids and for the whole family. First, understand sports and competition are not un-Christian! Paul…
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How do I talk to my children about these things?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Here’s what I struggle with: How do I prepare my young boys in case they are exposed to porn without destroying their innocence?  It is a struggle at young ages, but it’s so important. A mom recently told us she discovered her 8 or 9 year old was getting up in the middle of the…
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Launching Family Business Greenhouse

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

People often ask us how they can start a family business like we did. The problem is that they need to start a family business like only they can!   One day we were visiting with some dear friends and talking about the need to help families who want the freedom and flexibility both our families…
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Teaching Diligence to Boys

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Hal often says that boys seem especially tempted by anger, lust, and laziness. And if you think about it, it makes sense–those sins are connected to some of the most important roles men have as protectors, husbands, and providers. So, how can you overcome their natural laziness? How can you help your son become diligent? Sometimes…
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Covenant Eyes: There When You’re Not

Friday, August 1st, 2014

“I don’t know what to do, we hadn’t even talked to him about sexuality yet, he’s so young. I just found out he’s been watching pornography, though. What do I do?” We’ve heard this from several moms – just this week! And the ages would break your heart. Seven, eight, and nine year olds being…
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It Seems I’m Always Yelling

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

A reader with four boys 8 and under called for help: I feel like when I talk, no one hears me. So then I yell. My friends call me “The Drill Sergeant Mom“. I am so frustrated. Wow, do we ever sympathize! One time, we had a friend — a mother of several girls —…
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Crank Down the Anger

Friday, July 4th, 2014

We finally noticed a pattern. When one of our children got somewhere between nine and fourteen, they’d climb on an emotional rollercoaster and invite us all to join them. Wow, what a tough age to parent! The first time we went through it, we questioned everything, “Is it us? Have we failed in parenting? Is…
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Ten Ways to Get Boys to Do Chores

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Folks, let me tell you this: It is a lot better to have pink underwear than no clean underwear at all. Get your guys doing chores! Here are some things that have helped us (and no, we don’t do this perfectly – not remotely so!) Use manly marketing. If you say, “Sweetheart, could you make…
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