Category Archive: Values We Must Teach

Talking to teenagers about s-e-x

“Surveys indicate that four out of five teenagers rarely talk to their parents about sex.” That’s not a surprise to anyone. “Yet most indicate they would like to do so. One of the surveys asked, ‘Whom would you most like to talk to you about sex: teacher, counselor, minister, friends, parents?’ The majority responded, ‘My [...]

Family Worship

The concept that families should be the place for spiritual development has been largely lost. In our current culture, parents rely on the church to take their place. When I read this in the February issue of the California Southern Baptist periodical, it seemed like a radical idea, but I like it! I wish we [...]

Discipling children: Engaging their doubts

(This is the continuation of the series on Discipling Our Children.) If you are a Christian and want to raise your children to embrace a life of faith in Jesus Christ, I can guarantee you that at some point, in fact at many points, your children will have doubts about the beliefs that you taught [...]

Thanksgiving

I want to dwell just a little bit more on Thanksgiving before we move on to Christmas. For most of our kids, it’s not a hard task for them to tell you what they are thankful for. They are asked to do this at school and at church, and you can expect them to come [...]

More on living with my mother-in-law

In my previous post on living with my mother-in-law, several of the comments indicate the sentiment that they wish they did not have to live with their in-laws.  They want to get out of that situation, but have no choice. Not many of us, if any, marry our spouses wanting to invite the in-laws to [...]

Slow Family and a few other good reads

Here are a few good articles I read recently: – Is your family too busy leaving little time to just be with each other?  Read “‘Slow family’ movement focuses on fewer outside activities” “When we ask people what they want their family to look like 10 or 20 years from now, pretty much across the [...]

Are apps a good idea to manage children’s chores?

How do you get your kids to do chores at home? Do you offer them rewards? Do you pay them? Or do you use an app? John Rosemond in his article “Skip the app for children’s chores” makes a strong point that using an app that rewards children for doing chores is Parenting of the [...]

10 things your kids really want from you

Your child may say he wants those $200 pair of Nikes, but what he really wants from you is not what money can buy. What children need is not more stuff that fills space, but the kind of stuff that fulfills their emotional needs, the space in their hearts. Ask a child what he wants [...]

What teachers really want to tell parents

With almost 3,000 comments, the article “What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents” by Ron Clark on CNN.com got [mostly] agreement from teachers and parents alike. As a parent, are you guilty of any of the issues that Clark says about parents who do not respect the work of the teacher? Here is one that [...]

Dealing with aches and pains

Recently I’ve been experiencing a stiff right arm and shoulder, particularly when I sit at the computer too long. Maybe from mousing? Not a good sign. Limiting my time on the computer definitely helped (hence fewer posts here), along with improving my posture, and doing more stretching exercises. The reality is, with aging, the spirit [...]