Archive for the 'Family Life' Category

Ten Practical Ways to Keep Kids Safe From Predators

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

The past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking to and praying for friends who’ve been dealing with a great grief. Their young son was molested while he was visiting with his beloved grandparents. It was a young adult, a trusted friend of the family, who victimized their child. The parents are heartbroken. Sadly, this is happening more…
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Sharing the Gospel with Your Kids

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

  As Christian parents, we probably all put right at the top of our list, “Teach our children to know and love and serve the Lord Jesus.” The stakes are high, and frankly, it can be a daunting thing to realize we have the biggest influence in our kids’ daily spiritual instruction! Our friend Dennis Gundersen…
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A Case for Grace for Grandparents

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Several times recently, friends have told us that they are just done with their parents. They’ve had repeated disagreements and arguments over the children and their family’s lifestyle choices. They’re so annoyed with the older generation, they just want to back out of the relationship. This is kind of a shock to us. We grew up…
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What A Depressed Christian Can Do

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Guest Post by Dennis Gundersen  I’ve often heard it asserted that there’s no way a Christian should ever be depressed, and that if you are, it’s a sinful state of mind and you need to repent. Is this true? Or is it just one of many conditions of life we experience, and in which we…
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101 Great Answers for “I’m Bored” This Summer

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Kids these days are so over-programmed it’s ridiculous. They go to this camp and that one, moms run them to classes and clubs. When we were kids we made our own fun and it really was fun! Here are some of the things we used to do that you can suggest to your children when…
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Five Ways to Help Teens with Moving

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

A reader asked, “We are moving across the country to North Carolina this spring or summer for a great job opportunity our family has been praying for. My 14 yr old son is taking it very hard (he is a believer). My husband and I encourage him and our other 4 children, and we concentrate…
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Four Reasons You Need to Change Your Parenting Style

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Our oldest son shook his head, sadly. “You never would have let me do that,” he said, watching a younger sibling. We had to admit, he had a point. When he was that age, we were new parents, full of theories but short on experience. He was Offspring 1.0, and parenting was still something of…
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Bullied Into Buying: Grownup Peer Pressure

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Homeschooling allowed us to raise kids that were not peer-dominated, not bullied, not searching for affirmation and validation from every direction. Hooray! The problem is, we parents were not raised that way, and guess what? Often we’re the ones with peer group problems.   How Does This Happen? One of the great doctrines of the New Testament is the…
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Motivating Your Kids

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

One of the frequent questions we get asked is how to get kids motivated. How do you get them out of bed, off the couch, and taking care of their responsibilities? The negative answer is obvious, and most of us have probably said something like this, one time or another: “You can’t get on the…
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Welcome to Rough House!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

  We have six boys (some of them grown now), and back when they were little, Melanie got a surprise.


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