Blending Your StepFamily: Helping Your Child Cope With Divorce – Your Recovery Counts, Too!

[display_podcast] If you have ever flown, you know the emergency instruction to parents traveling with children is to first put the oxygen mask on yourself so you can then put it on your child.  You won’t be much good to them if you pass out from lack of oxygen.  You must take care of you so you can then take care of them.  So it is with coping with divorce.  You must take care of yourself so that you can be there for them. Your own recovery is vital to your children.  If you can be calm and em … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family Podcast: How Kids Can Have Their Own Personal Time With God

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST, I’M HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH THREE TEENS ABOUT HOW THEY DEVELOPED THEIR OWN PERSONAL DEVOTIONAL TIME WITH GOD Now, every Christian parent I know wants their children to learn how to walk closely with the LORD. We know how important it is to maintain a vibrant relationship with God as an adult, and want it for our kids too.In this episode of the Christian Home and Family podcast, which is quite a bit longer than my normal episodes… I’m going to be having a co … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: Your Responsibility for Your Children’s Faith in Christ

“Wait a minute! I thought my kids were responsible to have their OWN faith in Jesus!” They are. You can relax. That’s not what I’m talking about. Of course they have to choose to place their trust in Jesus, but the question is, “How are they going to get to that point?” THAT is where your responsibility as a Christian parent comes in. In this episode I go through Psalm 78, and discuss how YOU are responsible, in God’s eyes, for leading your children to the place that they are able to have faith … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: Help Your Kids Fight the Condemning Voice in Their Heads

Everyone fights those nagging little voices of condemnation that speak to their own minds. It’s part of the human condition. It’s that voice in your head that repeats things like: “I am so worthless. I am such a failure. I am not worthy of anything…” We all experience this. Parents, you have to know that your kids are going to struggle with those same issues. In fact, they probably already do, even the younger ones. But for Christians, there is a powerful way to deal with those lies, and it’s … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Healthy Perspectives Lead to Healthy Families

[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: Let’s talk about perspectives today, what is perspective and how does it influence our attitudes and decisions.  Is the glass half full or half empty, it boils down to your perspective. To quote Rick Riordan:“Humans see what they want to see.” I recently heard of a study that really explains the importance of perspective.  In the experiment, children were divided into two group … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: Purposeful Parenting

From Carey Green, author, blogger, speaker, coach and pastor:Parenting is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work if you’re going to do it in an effective, God-honoring way.“Purposeful Parenting” is a way of viewing your relationship in a proactive way rather than floating through your parenting role, dealing with things as they come up. You need to be keenly aware of what is really going on, on the inside of your child’s heart, thoughts and attitudes.The Bible lays out patterns for us … [Read more...]