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Becoming Your Spouse’s Best Friend | Part 5
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Attributes Of A Friend-Part 2 We are continuing yesterday's study on what it looks like to be a best friend. Here are some more attributes and verses to study through. Best friends strive to become great encouragers. Hebrews 3:13 "But encourage one another daily... " Best friends strive to be Self-Sacrificing . Philippians 2:4 "Each [...]
Jun 16, 2018
Becoming Your Spouse’s Best Friend | Part 4
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Attributes Of A Friend-Part 1 The next two days we will simply share the attributes of a friend and some verses that go along with them for you to process. Take the time to look these up over the next few days. Best friends are loyal. Proverbs 17:17 "A friend Loves at all times.." Best [...]
Jun 15, 2018
Becoming Your Spouse’s Best Friend | Part 3
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Risking Who I Am There is an incredible focus today on self. We say words like self-esteem, self-worth, self-discovery and self-preservation. The problem is before marriage we have not really practiced the art of loosing oneself. We harp on this scenario a lot but 100 years ago a family meant sharing things; you shared toys, [...]
Jun 15, 2018
Becoming Your Spouse’s Best Friend | Part 2
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Understanding Your Spouses Perspective There is a choice we have to make in any relationship but especially in marriage, and that is choosing to understand the other person's perspective. We are going to have very different outlooks on life. There are gender differences which will cause us to see things differently. We also have differences [...]
Jun 14, 2018
Becoming Your Spouse’s Best Friend | Part 1
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Choosing To Be Your Spouses Best Friend In order to become best friends, we need to make this relationship a top priority. It's easy when life happens, children enter the picture and stress creeps in to allow marriage to get place on the back burner. If we are not careful then years may go by [...]
Jun 12, 2018
Dealing with Lying | Part 2
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Why Is Lying Important to Deal With? Lying is a very deep rooted issue.  It is an extremely self-centered act.  It is done at the expense of others for personal gain. Lying must be dealt with as part of the training of the child. If you can’t trust a child to tell you the truth, [...]
May 29, 2018
Dealing with Lying | Part 5
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Your Teen and Lying Lying is a scary thing to deal with at any age, but especially in teenagers. Parents can feel so helpless because there are so many areas that a teen can make life altering decisions. We want to know our teen is trustworthy. So what do we do if we find out [...]
May 29, 2018
Dealing with Lying | Part 4
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The Reasons Children Lie When our children are lying consistently, we may need to take a step back and evaluate why it is happening. The first thing we need to examine is our example​.  Are we telling our child the truth even in difficult situations?  One way to do this is to admit when we [...]
May 29, 2018
Dealing with Lying | Part 3
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The Process of Dealing With The Lie The process of dealing with a lie can leave a parent scratching their head and wondering what to do.  If I confront it will it only lead to more lying? Often times a parent can make the decision to just ignore the behavior.  This is extremely detrimental as [...]
May 29, 2018
Dealing with Lying | Part 1
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Why Does My Child Tell Lies? To deal with this difficult topic in parenting we must start by asking the question, what is lying? International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Electronic Database defines a lie in this way; “In its very essence, a lie is something said with intent to deceive. It is not always a spoken [...]
May 29, 2018
Dealing With the Cyber Tsunami | Part 2
It’s A Parent’s Responsibility It is a parent’s job to put the cyber world in its proper place in the family.  This is one of those important areas to sit and have a parental staff meeting about.  It must be decided the where, how, when and what for the internet will be used.  Like we [...]
May 15, 2018
Dealing With the Cyber Tsunami | Part 5
Things Parents Can Do We have talked all week about some things that parents can do to help with the cyber invasion of the home.  Setting up boundaries such as how much time is spent, where the devices and computer can be used, and modeling the behavior we expect. For the “how to’s” of monitoring [...]
May 15, 2018
Dealing With the Cyber Tsunami | Part 4
The Myth of Multitasking Today’s technology has given us the opportunity to do more and all at the same time.  The problem is it was originally thought that technology would give us more free time.  That by being able to accomplish more it would give us more time to think, time to be with family [...]
May 15, 2018
Dealing With the Cyber Tsunami | Part 3
Setting The Example In putting boundaries around the cyber influence of our family, we as parents must lead the way in what this should look like.  This may be a difficult thing for some of us.  There has even been a new term created “Nomophobia”, no mobile phone phobia.  How many of us would turn [...]
May 15, 2018
Dealing With the Cyber Tsunami | Part 1
The Research Is In Why should parents take charge of the cyber input that is invading the life of their children?  First, the cyber world is here to stay.  Secondly, it is so dominant in our culture that it needs to be looked at.  Third, research is now coming out in volumes stating that while there [...]
May 15, 2018
Helping Your Pleaser Become A Leader | Part 5
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May 09, 2018
Helping Your Pleaser Become A Leader | Part 4
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Training Them To Make Decisions Having difficulty making decisions can be a pitfall of the pleaser child.   Some can be almost immobilized by the thought of making the wrong choice, so they shy away from making any choice. Make sure to allow your child to make decisions, as pain staking as that is at times, [...]
May 08, 2018
Helping Your Pleaser Become A Leader | Part 3
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It’s Never Too Late This should be one of our parenting mantras. It is never too late for our child, it is never too late to do the right thing, and it is never to late to start to make different choices as parents. Almost all parents, especially moms, deal with guilt of some kind. [...]
May 07, 2018
Helping Your Pleaser Become A Leader | Part 2
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How To Discipline a Pleaser Children make mistakes, lots of them, because they are in training. Really, we all make mistakes because we are human. It is our job as parents to ride that balance of love and discipline.   In fact many have stated that to love is to discipline. We always have to make [...]
May 06, 2018
Helping Your Pleaser Become A Leader | Part 1
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The Pleaser and the Barbarian We have mentioned many times that when it comes to discipline children fall into two main categories, the pleaser and the barbarian. There will be differences from child to child because no two are identical. The barbarian child is also known as the strong willed child. They are the ones [...]
May 05, 2018
Taking Your Child From Stubborn to Determined with Torrey Roberts | Part 4
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The Difference Between Determined And Rebellious Both types of child can seem similar but the difference may be in the root of what they want.  A determined child is passionate for what they want.  The strong willed child may fight to get their way.  This is pride coming out, they will battle for their way [...]
May 01, 2018
Taking Your Child From Stubborn to Determined with Torrey Roberts | Part 1
Your Child Is Fearfully And Wonderfully Made It is easy to get caught up in the day to day battles with a strong child and get tired, even frustrated.  There are some wonderful verses that can encourage those of us with strong willed children, to stay the course.  The first is Proverbs 22:6, “Train up [...]
May 01, 2018
Taking Your Child From Stubborn to Determined with Torrey Roberts | Part 3
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Finding Ways To Use That Determination For Good Things People who are stubborn or determined, sometimes are the type of people who can get something in their head and cannot be swayed from it.  Another pitfall of this personality type is impulse control.  We can help train our children to put their determination to good [...]
May 01, 2018
Taking Your Child From Stubborn to Determined with Torrey Roberts | Part 2
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The Key: Consistency One of the house pops I had the privilege to work with in the residential homes at Sheridan House had a saying that he always used with the kids.  It was “hard heads learn the hard way.”  This seems to apply to all stubborn children.  Some seem to consistently test boundaries to [...]
May 01, 2018
Taking Your Child From Stubborn to Determined with Torrey Roberts | Part 5
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Keep The End Result In Mind We all need to remember that parenting is all about the process.  I have to remind myself that I am raising a child NOT a mini adult.  This is all about teaching and training and I need to keep that in mind in the day to day to keep [...]
May 01, 2018
When Parents Don’t Agree – Part 5
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Children thrive under consistent boundaries. When parents are not on the same page these boundaries cannot be consistent. It can ultimately make the child feel very insecure. Children will even test this to see if mom and dad are on the same page.
Apr 14, 2018
When Parents Don’t Agree – Part 4
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It can cause disagreements when a parent are being too lax or too hard on a child. During a parental staff meeting, always keep your goals in the forefront of the conversation. Some of the ultimate goals of parenting are raising a child to be a Godly adult and raising a child to be both marriageable and employable.
Apr 13, 2018
When Parents Don’t Agree – Part 3
When the word conflict is brought up, it can bring with it many different emotions. Some will avoid conflict at all costs and others like to argue just for arguing sake. Disagreements can be healthy in a marriage if handled appropriately.
Apr 12, 2018
When Parents Don’t Agree – Part 2
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Most of the time we marry our opposite. This will cause us to see parenting from different points of view. When brought together and talked through these differing views can help to strengthen the parenting team. There has to be a time to discuss so that we are on the same page when addressing our children.
Apr 11, 2018
When Parents Don’t Agree – Part 1
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Today's parent has many challenges to face. What do we do when one of those challenges is our spouse?
Apr 10, 2018
When Your Child Shuts Down | Part 5
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Preventing The Parent Shut Down It is very easy to give into the temptation of shutting down yourself as a parent. We have seen movies where a child goes into their room and slams the door, only to be followed by a parent retreating to their own room and slamming the door. A parent who [...]
Apr 07, 2018
When Your Child Shuts Down | Part 4
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The Middle/High School Years For a parent, the thought of a teenager shutting down may cause some anxiety. “What happens when they are bigger then I am and I can’t physically make them follow my instructions?” “What do I do when they refuse to follow the rules?” There have been many times I have had [...]
Apr 06, 2018
When Your Child Shuts Down | Part 3
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The Elementary Years Once your child passes the toddler years the likelihood of a total shutdown lessens. In fact if a shut down happens, as your child gets older, it can serve as a warning sign. It’s like one of those lights on your dash bored that alerts you that there is a problem with [...]
Apr 05, 2018
When Your Child Shuts Down | Part 2
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Toddlers When we think of a child shutting down we inevitably think of those toddler years. My mom and I have often laughed and said to each other, “it’s a good thing that God makes toddlers so cute”. They are so awesome, cute and pudgy, exploring everything with wonder; but even the most laid back [...]
Apr 04, 2018
When Your Child Shuts Down | Part 1
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What Does This Look Like? We have all seen a parent, or been the parent, with the child in the mall or the grocery store that is just done. They are past the point of a temper tantrum and are lying face down on the floor trying to make themselves as stiff as a board. [...]
Apr 03, 2018
Noticing Your Child’s Pain | Part 5
When We Are All Dealing With Pain When a whole family is coping with pain it is easy for the parent to deal with their own pain one of two ways.   Either you can become completely self-focused in an attempt to cope with your pain or you can become completely others focused and avoid your [...]
Mar 30, 2018
Noticing Your Child’s Pain | Part 4
Steps To Help When you have noticed that your child is giving you signs that they are in pain, what do you do next?  First, like we said yesterday, be intentional to set up a time to communicate with your child. This could look different depending on the age of your child.  Most children, but [...]
Mar 29, 2018
Noticing Your Child’s Pain | Part 3
Opening The Door For Communication After we have dealt with our availability to talk to our child, we need to figure out how to get them to talk.  This may or may not be a difficult thing depending on the personality of the child, some you may have more difficulty getting to stop talking.  Learning [...]
Mar 28, 2018
Noticing Your Child’s Pain | Part 2
Am I Available? There is a quote by Catherine Wallace, which has impacted me as a mom of young children, “Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what.  If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they wont tell you the big stuff when they [...]
Mar 27, 2018
Noticing Your Child’s Pain | Part 1
Observing Your Child’s Moods It is easy for us to see if our children don’t feel good physically.  They show physical symptoms of sickness, runny nose, fever, coughing; but what about if our child is in emotional pain?  Each child may have a different way to tell us they are in pain, due to age [...]
Mar 26, 2018
Developing a Conscience in My Child | Part 5
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Mar 24, 2018
Developing a Conscience in My Child | Part 4
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Cheering When Doing The Right Thing We have consistently mentioned that one of the most important things in parenting is encouraging our children when they make the right choice.  It is not enough to discipline when they do the wrong thing; we must show them that choosing to do the right thing is worth it. [...]
Mar 23, 2018
Developing a Conscience in My Child | Part 3
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From Conscience To Action A great story that illustrates how we go from conscience to action can be found in the Bible. Luke 10:25-37 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do [...]
Mar 22, 2018
Developing a Conscience in My Child | Part 1
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Start The Development In Your Child’s Heart Webster’s Dictionary defines conscience as, “the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one's own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good.” The development of a consistent value system is the foundation for our decisions, for [...]
Mar 20, 2018
Training Your Child to Respect Authority with Torrey Roberts | Part 5
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How To Appropriately Question Authority We want to raise critically thinking leaders and not blind followers.  A skill that’s necessary to teach our children is how and when to appropriately question authority.   First thing we need to instill in our children is to always take things back to God’s word.  He is the ultimate authority.  [...]
Mar 08, 2018
Training Your Child to Respect Authority with Torrey Roberts | Part 4
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Having Fun Within The Boundaries of Respect One of the things that is amazing about setting up  proper respect for authority in your home from early on, is it allows for more fun within the family.  There must be a clear line set up but once those boundaries are in place, fun can happen with [...]
Mar 07, 2018
Training Your Child to Respect Authority with Torrey Roberts | Part 3
 Starting At Home The home is the practice arena for everything external.  Children first need to be taught to respect their parents.  Things like voice tone, proper response, and facial expressions are areas we can work on with in the home even from a young age.  From toddlerhood on they can practices as they begin [...]
Mar 06, 2018
Training Your Child to Respect Authority with Torrey Roberts | Part 2
Why Is It So Difficult To Teach This? It is not natural for anyone to automatically fall under someone else’s authority.  We are self-focused and think we know it best.  (How well I know this, as my youngest is 2 .)  Respect for authority is not cultural either, we seem to have made a game [...]
Mar 05, 2018
Training Your Child to Respect Authority with Torrey Roberts | Part 1
Why It's Important To Teach This There are many reasons why we need to make it a priority to instill a respect for authority in our children.  These reasons range from it makes my child enjoyable for other adults to be around, to it opens doors for them both educationally and for employment.  One of [...]
Mar 04, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #29 and #30
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#29 = Eat Dinner Together #30 = Take Vacations Together Research over the past few years has shown the value of eating together as a family.  In fact, an article in TIME, by Nancy Gibbs called The Magic of the Family Meal states, “Studies show that the more often families eat together, the less likely kids are [...]
Feb 14, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #28
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#28 Applaud Effort and Good Choices It is very easy for us as parent to get very results oriented, when we need to be process oriented.  We are raising children to BECOME adults.  We cannot have expectations that they will always make the perfect decision/action/ emotion in a situation.  This is why it is imperative [...]
Feb 13, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting # 26
#26 = Let Them Observe You - Live Out Your Marriage A great concept I read in a book once was the fact that our marriage is our first ministry.  It's not ministering to those in need around us, caring for our children, although both of those are important.  It is out of our marriage [...]
Feb 09, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting # 25
#25 = Let Them Observe You - Live Out Your Faith We have mentioned countless times that one of the ways our children learn is by observing us.  One area in particular that we can really teach them through our example is our faith.  Trying to explain such an ethereal subject to a child can [...]
Feb 07, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting # 24
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#24 = Get Out There With Them - In Their Cyber Space It is important to get to know a very particular area of your child’s world and that is cyber space.  This is a new arena for parenting because no other generation has had the benefits of the learning tools at their fingertips, as [...]
Feb 07, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #22 and #23
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#22 = Get Out There With Them – Be Where They Are #23 = Get Out There With Them – Show Up at Parties It is very important to get into your child’s world and be able to observe what is going on around them.  You  also have the opportunity to observer who they are [...]
Feb 06, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #20 and #21
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#20 and #21- Read and Read Them The Word One of the most important things you can do educationally for your children is take the time to read to them.  You can start this process even when they are infants.  Reading opens up worlds to children by allowing them to develop their imagination.  A great [...]
Feb 03, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #19
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#19-Serving Others (We Are Here To Serve Mom) One thing that Dad did a great job teaching us to do was serve our mom.  Most of our house-hold chores were things that would help her out and serve her.  He did a great job leading by example in this area.  He was always of the [...]
Feb 02, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #18
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#18- Listen Listening is something that is imperative to parenting on several levels.  It is important that we listen to our children, that we listen to our spouses in order to work as a parenting team, and that we train our children up in listening skills.  The skill of listening is something that can make [...]
Feb 01, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #17
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# 17- Date Your Child Something that you can do even when your children are small to help prepare them for future dating is taking them out on dates yourself.  This one on one time can help to serve many purposes for their future. Even at a young age you can begin to instill in [...]
Jan 31, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #16
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#16-Have Fun It is so easy in parenting to get caught up in life and simply forget to have fun! This seems to happen right when we need to focus on having fun the most.  Either parents are stressed over a situation, having to really focus on a parenting issue with a child, or the [...]
Jan 30, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #15
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#15-Give them Keys That Open Doors It may seem like a small thing in the vast array of things that we teach our children but something as simple as manners can help them be chosen by a future employee.  Simple etiquette will make a teen or young adult stand out from among their peers, even [...]
Jan 27, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #14
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#14- Teaching How to Give Another lesson that we train our children in that can affect adulthood is teaching our children how to give.  Teaching them from an early age to give is something that helps to take the focus off themselves and teaches them to be others focused.  There a several areas that our [...]
Jan 26, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #13
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#13- Teaching Money Management Money management is similar to time management as a key to a balanced adult life.  It can also have far reaching impact if your child doesn’t know how to be responsible with money.  It is one of the top three reasons for marital conflict.  This is why we need to take [...]
Jan 25, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #12
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#12 Teaching Time Management Over the next few days we will be discussing areas that we need to train our children in that will have an impact on their adult life.  The first is teaching time management.  Teaching our children how to order and manage their time is really key to ordering their life.  It [...]
Jan 24, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #11
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#11- The Importance of Unplugging One of the things that technology is supposed to do is make it easier for everyone to communicate.  In fact, through things like facebook and twitter we can be updated on even the small details of what is going on in each other’s lives.  Through texting we can discreetly communicate [...]
Jan 23, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #10
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#10- You Can't Do Everything One valuable lesson to teach our children is the lesson of moderation.  This is one of the areas in the power of no.  There will always be time where we have to say no to things for the sake of family, rest or even our own sanity.  Part of teaching [...]
Jan 20, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #9
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#9 The Potential Cracks in The Walls- Raising Responsible Children By Giving Them Responsibility. We cannot hope to raise a child who is responsible unless we are giving them areas of responsibility.  Two areas that are easy to teach a child to be responsible is money and chores. This again is something that can start [...]
Jan 19, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #8
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#8 The Potential Cracks In The Walls- Get Out of The Way So They Can Learn It is so tempting at times to step in and do things for our children. From cleaning their room when they are little to doing their science projects for them as they get older.  We have to let our [...]
Jan 18, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #7
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#7 The Potential Cracks In The Walls- Don’t Become The Consequence It is very easy to get frustrated in parenting, maybe we are stressed, over tired or have just given the same consequence for the same behavior seemingly 1000 times. When we allow ourselves to be frustrated we can also allow ourselves to become the consequence. [...]
Jan 17, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #6
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#6 The Potential Cracks In The Walls - Don't Get Derailed By Childish Outbursts There are a few things that can make a parent feel guilty and even give in at times to their child’s behavior/desires.  The first is temper tantrums.  When a toddler is told no or doesn’t get their way and throws a [...]
Jan 16, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #5
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#5- Potential Cracks In The Walls- Understand That Every Child Is Different One thing that is important for every parent to grasp is the fact that every child is different.  Every child will have a different personality, energy level as well as what motivates them.  Even gender plays a big part in children’s differences.  In [...]
Jan 13, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #4
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#4- Potential Cracks In The Wall- Impulse Control One thing that can cause a life to not be secure is a lack of self-control.  Not being able to control ones impulses has vast consequences from affairs to self-inflicted financial problems.  This is why from an early age it is imperative that we teach our children [...]
Jan 12, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #3
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#3 - The Walls- The Power of No When we train our children that our "no" means "no" everytime, no exeption,  we place boundaries around them.  It gives them a sense of security that there is a constant.  If we are not consistent with no or they are able to negotiate their way out of [...]
Jan 11, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #27
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#27 Admit When You Are Wrong There is a phrase that can work wonders in a marriage, employment, friendship, even a parent child relationship and yet many adults really struggle with saying it.  Simply saying, “I’m sorry, I was wrong,” can break down barriers and even begin to bring healing to relationships.  If it is [...]
Jan 10, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting # 2
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#2 - The Foundation Of Life One of the things that is extremely important to how secure a building is, is its foundation.  If there is a crack or it is not a secure foundation then the building will not stand.  The first major storm or winds and it will shift or crumble.  It is [...]
Jan 10, 2018
The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #1
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#1- The Motivational "Why" The first thing that we need to do as we look at the 30 things that we must train our children in before they go out the door, is check our motivations as parents.  Where do our priorities truly lie?  If our priority is our job or solely providing for our [...]
Jan 09, 2018
The Discipline of Change | Part 5
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Why This Process is So Important Through out parenting we have to remember that it is about the process not the end result.  Teaching our child how to have the discipline to make changes is very important even if the fall short of the original goal.  It is more about the process and discipline.  For [...]
Jan 06, 2018
The Discipline of Change | Part 4
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Cheer Your Children Into Change First we start out by identifying the area that we need to change.  In our children’s case we help them to process an area to work on.  Utilize the family discussion that we mentioned earlier, processing what we would do differently if we were allowed a do over from the [...]
Jan 05, 2018
The Discipline of Change | Part 3
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Being Moldable Each age group has different areas to work on.  I have heard an illustration pertaining to raising children that I believe fits for goal setting.  Raising children is like pouring cement for a foundation. (their life’s foundation)  Early childhood/elementary school you are pouring the cement or setting up rules boundaries, guidelines.  Teaching them [...]
Jan 04, 2018
The Discipline of Change | Part 2
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The Process of Teaching Self-Improvement Our culture as a whole tends to be very undisciplined.  Like we discussed yesterday the concept of a New Year’s Resolution has almost become a joke in today’s society. The whole idea of “oh, the diet will start tomorrow” is how we have begun to treat all aspects of change.  [...]
Jan 03, 2018
The Discipline of Change | Part 1
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The Importance of Giving Your Children the Tools to Improve Themselves Many things come to mind when we think of the old year passing and a new year beginning.  We process the passing of time, either look forward with excitement or dread what is to come in the new year, but many of us think [...]
Jan 02, 2018
Teaching The Gift Of Giving | Part 5
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The discussion of Santa will stir up different emotions in Christian circles. For some, Santa totally distracts from the message of Christmas and so there are very strong feelings against Santa. Others feel strongly that there is no harm in the fun of Santa.
Dec 23, 2017
Teaching The Gift Of Giving | Part 4
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We can use traditions at Christmas to point back to the birth of Jesus, which is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Choose to look for ways through the holiday season to point back to God’s gift to us.
Dec 22, 2017
Teaching The Gift of Giving | Part 3
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A thought to ponder, what if Jesus spent Christmas with you, what would you do differently? What would the focus of the day be, would it be about the presents or about serving others? It is ironic that the very person this day is celebrating, so often, we forget to honor.
Dec 21, 2017
Teaching the Gift of Giving | Part 2
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When you are focusing on something other then yourself or the gifts that you are getting, then it is easier to be content. An easy way to do this with children is by creating excitement for giving gifts to others
Dec 20, 2017
Teaching the Gift of Giving | Part 1
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Christmas season can be very stressful and overwhelming to parents. There are so many parties and activities. Probably the most stressful is the feeling that we must give our children a perfectly magical Christmas experience. And of course have found the perfect gifts. We are still at the beginning of the month so it is a great time to sit down, take a breath, and set some priorities.
Dec 19, 2017
Teaching Your Child to Serve | Part 5
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Encouragement The final “E” in the training process is encouragement.  Think about your parenting style.  Are you an encourager?  What do you encourage for?  Many of us encourage our children when they do great in sports or when they do well in school but have a hard time encouraging the small successes every day.  Teaching [...]
Dec 16, 2017
Teaching Your Child to Serve | Part 4
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Experience After taking the time to expose our children to different opportunities in serving others, it is also important to give them time to experience this on their own.  Especially as a child gets older it is important to look for these experiences for them to practice on their own and to reap the rewards [...]
Dec 15, 2017
Teaching Your Child to Serve | Part 3
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Exposure Another “E” in the training Process is exposure.  We as parents must set the example first in our service of others but secondly we must look for opportunities for our children to serve.  We spoke yesterday that this begins in our own home with serving our family members but we after this area we [...]
Dec 14, 2017
Teaching Your Child to Serve | Part 2
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Setting The Example Like many areas of parenting, teaching your child to serve is easy when you are able to set an example for them to follow.  There are many ways to set the example.  The first is simply daily serving your closest neighbors, your family.  It will be easy to teach your children to [...]
Dec 13, 2017
Teaching Your Child to Serve | Part 1
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Why It's Important To Raise My Child To Serve There are so many important reasons to teach your child to serve others.  Serving others helps a child learn not to be so self centered, it raises a child to be marriageable and helps them to be great employees.  The most important reason to teach our [...]
Dec 12, 2017
Managing Your Christmas Traditions | Part 5
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One Question As we head into Christmas week there is one question to keep at the forefront of your mind.  That question is, if Jesus was with your family this Christmas would He feel celebrated and at the center of this event?  Our entire Christmas discussion boils down to that thought.  Remember that we will [...]
Dec 09, 2017
Managing Your Christmas Traditions | Part 4
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The Tradition of a Worshipful Christmas Eve Christmas Eve can be such a crazy day in the Christmas season.  Most families have relatives come into town or they are driving/flying to see relatives.  Some parents are frantically wrapping or putting the bigger toys together.  Some families spend Christmas Eve night at a party or at [...]
Dec 08, 2017
Managing Your Christmas Traditions | Part 3
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Christmas Traditions You Don't Know You Have There are many traditions that we begin to do habitually and don’t even realize it.  Sometimes these are not positive traditions, some even harmful.  As we get closer to Christmas now is the time to analyze what may be negative habits that you have made a tradition. They [...]
Dec 07, 2017
Managing Your Christmas Traditions | Part 2
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The Tradition of Giving Gifts with Meaning Even when times are hard it still seems that one of the easiest things to give of is money.  When we give gifts it is easy to just flippantly buy something for someone, especially as children. While, it is a very important lesson to teach children how to [...]
Dec 06, 2017
Managing Your Christmas Traditions | Part 1
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What Exactly are Traditions? When we break it down what is a tradition?  Who decides the tradition? Why is it important to think through this?  A tradition is something that you do year after year.  It can be something that you do individually or as a family.  There are many areas that can dictate traditions, [...]
Dec 05, 2017
Raising a Grateful Child | Part 4
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Choose to continue the momentum that you have built training your children in gratitude through the holiday season. Christmas can be a difficult time for our children to have a grateful heart.
Nov 25, 2017
Thanksgiving Special
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The Story of Squanto Listen to today's podcast to hear the story of the first Thanksgiving.
Nov 24, 2017
Raising a Grateful Child – Part 3
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We talked yesterday about cultivating a grateful heart by focusing on serving those around us. A great Thanksgiving table discussion, even with extended family, is beginning to plan your family Christmas service project. What a great way to show your thanks to God for all He has given your family.
Nov 23, 2017
Raising a Grateful Child – Part 2
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We said yesterday that gratitude is either caught or taught. The first way that we can train our kids to have a grateful heart is by example.
Nov 22, 2017