I’m Waiting 31: Helping Your Kids Set Boundaries By Setting Your Own

[display_podcast] This is the eighth and final installment of our amazing interview with Matt Clinton of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Parents – you are more of a model for your kids than you’ll ever know! Matt gives some great practical advice on how to help them set boundaries by actually setting boundaries for yourself. Matt Clinton, Fellowship of Christian Athletes: My daughter, who is only 18-months-old, can already work an iPhone. She already knows how to swipe through the pictures on … [Read more...]

Blending Your Family 32: Helping Children Cope with Divorce Part 2 – Knowing When to Seek Help

[display_podcast] Children’s response to going through the divorce is as varied as the kids themselves.  Some have a very hard time with it while others seem to take it in stride.  My son, who was four at the time of our divorce, took it quite well.  He never showed signs of anger and seemed quite content.  In fact, as an adult, he has remarked how he felt it was for the best and never regretted the divorce.  He saw his dad and dad’s family often and everyone loved on him, I am grateful that he … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 78: Givers and Takers

[display_podcast] Dennis Prager has famously said that the world consists of only two races:  the decent and the indecent. But my dad has his own delineation between people – there are Givers and there are Takers. This doesn’t mean that if you simply accept a gift from someone, you’re a taker.  What it does mean is that if you have been blessed, you should bless someone else when you have an opportunity. Sadly, “takers” tend to develop and live a lifestyle where they forget how to give to oth … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: The Main Reason Most Kids Rebel Against Parents, Authorities & God

From Carey Green, author, blogger, speaker, coach and pastor:Most kids who go off the deep end, into a season or rebellion, do so for one reason. They see the rules and restrictions that authorities place on them as personal attacks rather than loving means of protection… and THAT is the problem of the authorities in their lives, not the kids.Another way I often say it is this: Rules without relationship, creates rebellion.Rules are not a bad thing. Because human beings are fallen cr … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: StepMoms, not StepMonsters

[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: I want to thank you for allowing me to journey with you as you Blend Your Stepfamily and I would love to hear from you.  If I have not addressed an issue you are dealing with please leave a comment or email me, I want to partner with you to help your stepfamily thrive not just hopefully survive. I say hopefully survive because so many blended families end in divorce when they don’t r … [Read more...]

Christian Home and Family: Family Devotions with Small Children in the Mix

From Carey Green, author, blogger, speaker, coach and pastor:Before we begin to talk about the “how to” portion of family devotions with younger kids involved, let’s remind ourselves of the purpose of family devotions…PURPOSE OF FAMILY DEVOTIONS: Facilitate heart-level connection between your family members and the God of the universe.That kind of connection IS possible in the hearts and minds of younger kids. Don’t underestimate their capacity to make very real connections with the … [Read more...]