Archive for the 'Family Life' Category

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.

Simple, Practical Ways to Get Rid of Whining

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

We all love our kids but there’s something that nearly every parent struggles with, something nearly every child does sometimes, and something which some kids do all the time. WHINING. Oh, that awful sound. It’s no surprise when a baby cries, and it shouldn’t surprise us that a young child whines. A baby has to…
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Books We Read To Pieces

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

    We’re a family of readers. One of our boys’ first word was “book.” I remember watching our first son when he was 18 months old. He was obviously play-acting something: standing beside a box and carrying on a babbling conversation, then turning away briefly, then coming back. Storekeeper? No, we realized; he was playing…
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Teen Romance: This Could Get Serious (1)

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Recently we wrote about how to effectively parent a pre-teen son with a crush. It’s not a real, mature sort of Christian love, but a 11- or 12-year-old doesn’t realize that … it’s feels real to him! So we recommend you take it seriously enough to talk about relationships, not just laugh him off. An…
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Titus 2 Lessons from a Friend’s Funeral

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Last week, one of my friends lost her battle with cancer and went home to be with the Lord. Monday afternoon, while I was sitting at her funeral, the Lord gripped my heart hard. My friend Cathy was a true Titus 2 woman. You couldn’t know Cathy without knowing she was a Christian. She loves…
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Quick Call on Big Game Commercials

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

If you can tell a story in 30 seconds and you had $4.5 million to do it, you could have bought a commercial spot during the Big Game this year. If you’re like the rest of us, you may be looking forward to the explosion of persuasive creativity which plays out this weekend. Commercials are…
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