Ouxano 100: If You Teach Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth, Teach Them to Follow God

[display_podcast] I often hear well-meaning Christian parents say the following, “I don’t want to force God on my child.  I want them to make their own decisions and create their own relationship with God.” I agree that an overbearing, hypocritical, legalistic way of parenting is just wrong, but let me challenge you with a different perspective: If it’s important to actively train our kids in matters of personal hygiene (brushing their teeth), education (attend and do their best in school), ma … [Read more...]

Ouxano 99: Discipling Your Kids Is YOUR JOB, Not Their Sunday School Teacher’s

[display_podcast] The definition of a disciple is:  one who attends upon another for the purpose of learning from them.  So, basically, a disciple is someone who follows another person with the expressed purpose of learning from them. Jesus specifically chose twelve apostles out of a group of about 120 followers. And then, from those twelve, he chose three – Peter, John and James – to give them even more intimate instruction and leadership. Now, Jesus didn’t have all the distractions that we d … [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...]

Blending Your StepFamily 36: At a Crossroad

[display_podcast]I met a lovely young woman this past weekend who we shall call Monique.  She is divorced and has a young daughter.  Her husband left her two years ago for another woman.  He moved out of their home they had bought together and right into the new woman’s.  Monique had to short sell her home due to the divorce and chose to move into a two-bedroom apartment.  She has suffered a lot of loss.  The death of her marriage, selling of her beautiful home, and the loss of time with her … [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 h … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 30: Telling Your Kids You’re Divorcing

[display_podcast]When it comes to telling kids about the divorce, many parents freeze up.  It’s not easy to tell your child you are getting divorced and that one of their parents will not be in the home any longer.  You may already be a mess yourself and facing the task of telling your children that their family will be different now seems huge and in fact it is.So before you sit your kids down, think about what you want to say to them.  If you think they may ask difficult questions, thin … [Read more...]