Expose Your Failures

As Christians, we tend to have the mistaken belief that we have to appear perfect to our children, and act like we have it all together.  We also act like we did no wrong when we were their age. Growing up, I didn’t know much about my parent’s past mistakes.  I guess I didn’t think about it much, and […]

Graduation, Is Our Parenting Over?

Today graduation is a sign of achievement and change, but it doesn’t always mean that the learning is over. On the outside, we see bright shiny faces of a student body with caps and gowns.  The inside is completely different.  Decisions for the future bring joyous and anxious thoughts.  Whether fear or excitement, things are […]

Not Your Buddy

It seems more and more that fathers are overly concerned about befriending their sons, rather than being the father God desires them to be. It is good to have fun with your children, and to play with them.  Spending time together reaffirms to your children that you care for them, and that you love them.  Someone wise […]

What is Love?

In a 1970 romantic drama called Love Story, Jenny made a statement to Oliver, “Love is never having to say you are sorry.” How ironic?  Love, or at least a like for another, always grows when an apology is given from one person to another. What does “never having to say you are sorry” mean?  Is anything of […]

Is Spanking OK?

WARNING:  To some, this material may be considered politically incorrect, intolerant, bad parenting or down right child abuse. Discipline is the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience. Spanking is a type of corporal punishment involving the act of striking the buttocks of another person to cause physical pain, generally with an open […]

Truth or Fiction?

There is one particular story stays with me.  It is most memorable because it is so unbelievable. My husband was away on a business trip in Texas.  Our son and I were home in Pennsylvania.  My normal daily routine consisted of getting myself ready for work and then waking up our son.  This winter day […]

Love Is a Decision… Not a Feeling

I think it is important to teach our children about love.  We all love our children, and they can tell we love them, but are we really teaching them what true love is? I remember back when my wife and I got married.  The wedding vows were said, but I didn’t grasp what they really meant […]

Parenting Toward the 30% – Listening Well

This was one of those times when we learned from a great theologian, our three year old. The life of our three year old had just been changed dramatically.  We had just moved from a smaller house in the city, to a larger house in the country.  Sleeping in a new room disrupted his young […]

Parenting Toward the 30% – Arguing in front of your kids

Our parents did it to us, and so we did it to our child.  You know, when you acted up, your parents used to count “One… Two… Three…”   You knew that you had better shape up before they got to three, or you were going to face the consequences. At an early age, we trained our […]

Parenting Toward the 30% – What Do We Do After Easter?

According to a Webster dictionary, Easter is the Christian festival observed on a Sunday in March or April in commemoration of the Resurrection of Christ. Resurrection, also found in Webster, states the rising of Christ from the dead as one of the meanings.  Is Easter just another holiday, and how does it affect you ongoing? […]