Archive for the 'Family Life' Category

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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Hope For Homeschooling With A Newborn

Monday, August 31st, 2015

A reader asked on our Facebook page, “I’m so frustrated. I have three boys: 5, 4, and 2 and a two week old little girl. My teacher husband just went back to work and I feel like I’m drowning. I’m exhausted and I feel like I have no control in house so I find myself…
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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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What If Dad’s Not A Christian?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

A reader wrote: [In your webinar,] you discussed how Dad is the first Hero and he should point the boys to the Ultimate Hero, Christ. We have a 9-year-old son, he is our only child, and my husband is not a Christian, but is tolerant of our going to church (without him) and our son…
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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: 4. Who Should Speak To The Next Young Man?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

We have a tradition of a formal coming-of-age ceremony we call a “Bar Chanon.”  This can take all kinds of forms but centers on a serious call to embrace the next stage of life for the young man. We think it’s only natural for the young man to be welcomed into the community by the voices…
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Not Just Tacos – Wow!

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

  A few months ago, our friend Shirley Solis gave us a copy of her new book, Not Just Tacos: A Journey into the World of Authentic Latin American Cuisine. I have pretty high standards for cookbooks. We have many of them, but just a few that we go to again and again: The Joy of…
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Can We Get Your Vote for
My Beloved and My Friend?

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Our book on marriage, My Beloved and My Friend: How To Be Married To Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses, is in the running for the Christian Small Publishers “Book of the Year” Award. This award is based on votes from publishers, booksellers, readers – anyone interested in promoting books from independent Christian publishers – and…
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