# IV Commandment on Not Messing up Your Kids

IV: Never talk about your child to other people in front of them, unless it is to praise your son or daughter. You need to be their number one confidant, not a blabber mouth “sharing” what they did and saying it’s “cute”  (let alone saying they did something bad) or laughing at what they did and making them self conscious. You can’t feel safe with a parent who seems to think you're an entertainment experience. And, sure, post a picture or two online (if you must) but your … [Read more...]

# 3 Commandment for Making a Happy Child Into Your Lifelong Friend

III: Never make sarcastic remarks to a child much less say snide or ironic things meant to put them in their place. The worst parent (aside from a neglectful abuser) is a score-settling parent. Mea culpa! If you want your child to trust you they can’t be thinking you’ll put them down or make them the butt of a joke they don’t even understand. You’re not competing with them or trying to be the funniest person in the room. It should never feel risky to be with a mother or father. … [Read more...]

The Night I Met Jesus: A (True) Christmas Story

Sometimes our learning curve is forced on us, if not by God then by God's angels say, by Mr. and Mrs. Parke. Being sent to Great Walstead School in 1962 (a boarding school for boys in Lindfield, Sussex, England) when I was ten was one such experience. Mr. Parke was the headmaster, and Mrs. Parke was both a teacher and his eagle-eyed helpmeet. She (like her husband) gave "her" boys opportunities that I came to fully appreciate only years later. In my book Patience With God: Faith for … [Read more...]


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