Real Stuff My Dad Says 82: Who Do You Think You Are? (How Rachel Dolezal Impacts Your Family)

[display_podcast] I remember so many times as a boy wanting to go somewhere, do something, wear something, or buy something that “everyone else” was doing. Peer pressure took up residency in our home in a big way for a number of years – as is the case in almost all homes with teenagers. My parents would say the perfunctory, “If Brian jumped off a bridge, would you?” (Sadly, I now find myself pulling this one out when flabbergasted by my own pre-teen) But, after the dust settled, the message m … [Read more...]

Parent Like You Mean It 17: Give ‘Em H€&%!!

There is one thing in this world that may very well be the single most important thing we can give to our children. We can give them a safe home to live in, which would indeed offer them a firm foundation to build their futures on. Their natural needs would all be provided for: shelter, clothing, food & water. A safe home is a tremendous offering for any parent to give any child. Taking it to the next level, sharing healthy meals together can be considered paramount in the same vein, which … [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...]

Parent Like You Mean It 16: Keep Your Hands Off My Kids!

[display_podcast] Sometimes, don't you just wish you could go back to simpler times? If I could go back to when I was eight-years-old, that would be cool. My biggest concerns were collecting baseball cards, inventing new ways to build bicycle jumps out of lumber scraps, and pleading with my parents to get one of those new “Happy Meals” from McDonalds for lunch. My friends and I roamed around our neighborhood singing pop songs at the top of our lungs with one overarching rule: be home before the … [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...]