Parent Like You Mean It 14: Heroes and Villains

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[display_podcast] Hello and welcome to Parent Like You Mean It – the podcast where we discuss the hows and whys to parenting with intentionality, instead of just letting life happen from day-to-day. I’m Jefferson Drexler, and like many of you, I love a good superhero movie. It seems like most of America does, based on the success of all the Batman, Spiderman, and most recently Ironman, Captain America, Thor movies. But why? Why is it that I am so drawn into the same old story of the Avengers s … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says: 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...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Feel Like Giving Up?

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: Do you ever feel like just throwing in the towel?  You’re tired of going around the same mountain over and over again.  You feel like you may never get the victory, may never see the change come, may never experience the freedom you are craving. I felt like giving up this weekend.  Same old problem raised its ugly head again in my blended family.  Lord, will it ever change?  Will we … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: Why The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Not A Checklist

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If you’ve been in Christian circles for any length of time, you’ve heard a sermon or talk about the fruit of the Spirit. You’ve seen it on plaques in people’s homes, you’ve heard children’s songs about this list of virtues.Galatians 5:22 says – “the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.” Our human tendency is to take list of character qualities like that and make them into a checkl … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says: What Is A Safe Family?


[display_podcast]A word of warning:  when you become someone who gives of themselves, you will find opportunities to give to people who REALLY need it.My dad has raised me to be a man who puts other people’s needs before my own and to look for opportunities to help.  Now, this is easy to do when it’s convenient:  opening a door for someone walking with crutches, giving a guy down on his luck a couple dollars, taking a meal to a family with a new baby…Recently, my family partnered with … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Signs of Domestic Abuse

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: Last time I shared part of my story about being married to my first husband and the abuse I suffered.  Today, I would like to look at the signs of abuse, how do you know if you are in an abusive relationship?  For those of us who are in one or have been in one, it’s not all abuse, right?  That’s why we stay.  We see some good in our partners’; we believe or want to believe them when … [Read more...]