Tag: Parenting

5 Freedom-Filled Bible Verses for Parents

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This week’s guest on the Raising Boys and Girls Podcast was Jeannie Cunnion, who writes and speaks about freedom in parenting. She talked extensively about how our parenting is shaped by our pursuit of Jesus, and you can listen to the full interview here. Freedom in Christ is a freedom from needing to accomplish our own… Read more

Reflecting the Father: The Joy of Being a Girl Dad

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Growing up with two sisters, a part of me always hoped that, if blessed to marry and become a father, God would provide for me a son.  Indeed, I found love with my wife, and together, we have been doubly blessed with two young boys.  However, God’s blessings did not stop with them, as He… Read more

7 Ways to Practice Autonomy with Your Kids

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On his seventh birthday, our oldest son unwrapped a simple red book light and a whole lot of freedom. We said, “You’re getting so big! We’re going to let you decide when you’re ready to go to sleep at night.”  And then he did this thing he does when he’s excited (which is often): he… Read more

When Life Requires a Pivot

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If one were to consider the more popular words of the last year, you would have to figure “pivot” would be near or at the top of the list.  Up until about a year ago, I used the term to encourage my high school basketball players. I would remind them to keep a foot planted… Read more

3 Hurdles That Keep Parents From Being Consistent (and how to hop them)

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Kids love to float through phases, don’t they?  Interests change, abilities grow, and challenges that once seemed insurmountable eventually become old news. And so, our parenting goes through phases too.  In a matter of moments, we move from cradling our little ones with the utmost care to chasing them down the hall to wrestling them… Read more

How to Talk to Your Kids About Inauguration Day 2021

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Today is Inauguration Day. It’s an understatement to say that it is eclipsed by so much that hinders the celebrations that should come today—regardless of your side of the aisle. Instead of a parade, we have a pandemic that dissipates crowds. Instead of the excited hustle and bustle in Congressional chambers, we are in the… Read more

What Foundation Will You Build Your Family Upon This Year?

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My religious education class was recently discussing various outlets people might explore when coping with different emotions.  Suggestions from my freshman students included exercise, conversations with friends or family, eating, reading, professional counseling, and writing in a journal.  Towards the end of our chat, one girl chimed in, asking what strategies exist that connect to… Read more

20 Parenting Lessons Learned in 2020

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Let’s take a stroll down 2020 memory lane, shall we? Things started out normal enough—with dreams, goals, and plans—then quickly devolved into a year where we all laughed at memes to keep from crying.  There was the global pandemic, of course. But also the racial reckoning, crazy weather patterns, and a tense presidential election. It… Read more

6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Christmas Break

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Que the Christmas Music! It’s almost time for Christmas break! The kids will be out of school, there will be no rigorous schedule to follow and families can finally spend quality, uninterrupted time together. This year has certainly brought along some challenges for many families, so we want to give you some fun ideas of… Read more