Category Archive: What our children should know

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 [...]

How to stop siblings from fighting

If you have more than one child, chances are they fight. Well-meaning parents sometimes do more to aggravate the situation rather than help the children come to a solution. Babysitters.net offers the following “10 Solutions to Constantly Fighting Siblings.”  Try these out and see if your kids will keep the fighting to a minimum. Sibling [...]

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 [...]

Role reversal

I had my father to my house for dinner last night. He is 89 years old living in an assisted living home. I opened the car door for him, I helped him put on his jacket, I drove him, I cooked for him, I supported him when he walked…I am doing all the things he [...]

3 easy ways to teach your children the true meaning of Easter

It’s easy to get excited about Christmas as one of the major events in our Christian faith. But it’s not so easy to get excited about Easter, which is just as important if not more so, in our Christian faith. It’s easy to have cute bunny and egg decorations and crafts, but not so easy [...]

1000 recommended books

I’m going to begin writing some mini-posts and jot down quick thoughts more often. Here’s one for today: It’s raining hard where I am in Southern California – a rarity for us, but it happens. It’s the perfect type of day to stay indoors with a good book. But what to read? What’s appropriate for [...]

This is me.

Stay at Home Daughter-hood

In our culture today, our children automatically assume they will go to college, get a degree, and work full time to make money. Is this really the only option for our children, particularly our daughters? Today’s post is written by Rachel, a young lady who has chosen to be a stay at home daughter. She [...]

Should children be allowed to swear?

Whenever I hear parents swear in front of their children, I wonder what they do when they hear their children using those same language. If you cuss and use that type of language, do you think it’s ok for your kids to talk like that?

High expectations of character for our children

In further reflection of Amy Chua’s controversial article “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior”, I don’t disagree with her premise that parents should have high expectations for their children. I would consider myself a “Chinese” mother who has high expectations for my children and want them to reach their potential. Who can argue with that? But [...]

I want to raise a hero

We all want to raise “successful” children. But what is the definition of “successful”? The usual measurements of success are school grades, bank account size, or popularity. But I think Jordan Rice’s self-sacrifice is an example of true success. This young boy of 13 gave up his own chance of rescue during the devastating flood [...]