Category Archives: parenting

Parenting Kids and the Invisible Line Between Helping and Hurting

Bringing up kids is no easy task. They need to know you are in their corner but what it means to be in their corner may not always fit their preference. We are encouragers. We are educators. We are protectors. We are providers. We spur them on without running them off. What a hard balance! It is hard to know where the lines are sometimes!

Every kid needs a dad they know loves them and wants them best out of them. Every kid needs a mom who they know without a doubt loves them but doesn’t suffocate them. It is hard to know where the line is sometimes!

We want our kids to succeed so often we tell them what to do. So slowly but surely we hand off more and more responsibility to them…and more and more they are going to fail and success seems more guaranteed if they would just do things our way. But life is not about a series of successful experiences…this is why just telling doesn’t really do them justice. Give them enough enough info to start making their own decisions and be there to celebrate or to pick up the pieces. The challenges is in knowing how much information, direction and freedom to give them at any point in time. It is hard to know where the line is sometimes!

What does it look like to raise a successful child? You know you have done it, not just because people like being around them, but because people are better for being around them…and this includes your grandchildren!

Parenting is hard…we have to give ourselves some grace.

One of The Most Important Prayers a Parent Can Pray & the Safest Place Your Child Can Be…

With all the prayers of protection going up you might think we live in a war zone. We are all concerned for our kids. Many parents feel a tremendous amount of guilt over things their kids do and how much of that is our fault as parents. So we pray and pray and pray GodContinue Reading

Imagine Hearing Jesus’ Voice for the First Time

This is so touching…almost made me shed a tear. What got me even more was after watching this…thinking about hearing the voice of Jesus for the very first time saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come andContinue Reading

The Importance of Making Decisions

Life is full of decisions. Sometimes people make decisions that affect you and other times your decisions affect others. There are some decisions that anyone can make and others that you should make for yourself or others. We are trying to teach our children the value of making wise decisions. Our older son, who isContinue Reading

How I Told My Kids the Truth About Santa Claus

A few weeks ago our 4 year old son Elijah asked a question that was profoundly insightful and forced an important conversation. Here is what he asked “What did Santa Claus do to God? He knows everything about us…what did he do to God?” Kids need plenty of room to have their imagination. At theContinue Reading

The Walk

Jonah started kindergarten last week and I can’t tell you how full my heart is each morning walking him to his class. Jonah’s school is right next to our church building and so each morning we park at the building and walk about a block to where his classroom is. I have made it myContinue Reading

List of Bible Blessings to Speak Over Children

Two Sunday’s ago we talked about blessing. One of the things that was mentioned was the need for parents to bless their children as people in the Bible often did. Here is a list of biblical blessings that can be used as either blessings to be said over children or a starting point for youContinue Reading

The Joy of Kids

Yesterday Jonah told me he wanted to be a pirate. He brought his red cape to me and asked if I would tie it around his head. He then made a makeshift sword and started saying “Arrrrr…” Then Elijah got in on the act. He put on a Santa Claus hat and told me heContinue Reading

Postmodernism and the Death of Santa Claus

Before you read further I want you to know that I am not wishing Santa an untimely demise. Instead, I am asking about his future in light of cultural headwinds. The more I think about the Santa Claus issue the more I wonder if Santa Claus is not going to have difficulty moving forward. InContinue Reading

When Our Kids Teach Us About God

Today Jonah, our two year old, shed some light on why God doesn’t always give us the things we really want. Missy had baked some cupcakes and he really wanted one. He threw a fit trying to get one so we didn’t let him have one until he calmed down and asked nicely. Then heContinue Reading


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