Category Archive: What’s a good parent

Discipling our children, part 3

Continuing from part two in the series, the second general principle of discipling our children is: 2. Discipleship happens within a relationship. Have you ever wondered why “sinners” such as tax collectors and prostitutes love Jesus?  Do you think it’s because he preaches to them about God?  I am pretty sure that they can stand [...]

Discipling our children, part 2

I started a series on discipling our children in preparation for a workshop that I will be doing on this topic. There are a couple of major principles about discipling that is different from discipline. 1. Don’t expect immediate or quick results. One of my favorite author is Kevin Leman.  He has a book titled [...]

Discipling our children, part 1

In a couple of weeks, I will be presenting a short workshop for parents on discipling our children. It’s hard to narrow down into one hour what is most important to share on this huge topic. But then, I am a firm believer that less is more, so one hour is certainly sufficient to pack [...]

7 Blindspots of Homeschooling

Reb Bradley of Family Ministries wrote a very convicting article titled “Solving the Crisis in Homeschooling – Exposing the 7 Major Blindspots of Homeschoolers”. This article is not just for homeschoolers, but for every parent who is serious about bringing their children up in the Christian faith. I saw myself making many of the mistakes [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Are you checking your smartphone way too often?

In my previous post, a parent asked about limiting texting for kids. Let’s turn the table around now – how often are parents on their smart phones and ignoring their kids? I see parents checking email or doing work on their smart phones while having dinner with the family -  a common scenario I’ve seen [...]

Praying for your rebellious child

I read this on Family Life yesterday. May it encourage you to never give up praying for your children, no matter where they are spiritually. One of the greatest examples of [praying and trusting God with a rebellious child] is Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. She watched him spend his teenage and young adult [...]

Are you a nagging wife??

While in my car running errands, I heard this on the Focus on the Family radio show yesterday, spoken by Linda Dillow: “…as women, as wives, we err greatly by our griping, and our complaining and nagging, and as I studied the book of Proverbs, I decided this is a gender specific sin … every [...]

Give a word of encouragement today

I had a discussion with a mom whose teenage daughter has been giving her attitude lately. Do you remember what you were like when you were a teenager? I mean, what YOU were like personally, not what IT was like in a general sense. We probably don’t remember our own know-it-all attitude, our ungratefulness to [...]