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7 Ways to Change Up Communication with Your Kids

Our primary job as parents is to disciple our children— to help them see that they’re sinners in need of a Savior, to introduce them to Jesus, to teach them about Him, and to show them what it looks like to follow Him.  We need to communicate clearly with our children if we’re to fulfill this…


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Teens, Politics, and a Book on Kindness

“Where did you hear that word?!”  We realize pretty quickly that children are parrots, don’t we? As a result, most of us attempt to temper what we say and how we say it.  My wife and I decided early on to crack down on how we spoke about others— especially in front of the kids. If you had…


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4 Unexpected Ways Family Worship Blesses Us

In my previous post, I covered why we started doing “family worship time” and what, exactly, we do as a family during that time.  In this post, I want to cover four ways family worship blesses us— outside the big ol’ giant obvious one. Family worship is an excellent way to disciple your children…


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4 Lessons I’ve Learned as a Sports Dad

You win some. You lose some. And sometimes you really lose some.  I drove almost 2 hours on my day off to go watch one of my high school sons play basketball. He played a decent game, all things considered, but his team lost 101-42.  Yes, you read that right. They lost a high school basketball game…


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How to Help Your Children Find True Happiness

We love to make our kids happy. That feeling we get when they smile and say, “Thank you, Daddy. That was the best time, ever.” There’s a special kind of a delight a parent takes in their child’s delight. When they’re happy, we’re happy. As they get older, our culture teaches them what they “need”…


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Super-Hero Dads & Gospel-Centered Apologies

My daughter thinks I know everything.  Like everything. In her mind, there are no problems I can’t fix and no questions I don’t know the answer to. She’s 7 years old, and I am her hero.  I soak it up with everything I have.  Dad to the rescue She recently came to me and asked me to fix a toy of…


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The 7 Minute Conversation Challenge

“Most conversations take at least seven minutes to really begin.” —Sherry Turkle, Reclaiming Conversation The parent-child relationship is primarily a discipling relationship. And it’s hard to disciple someone without engaging them in real, meaningful conversation. Our hearts and souls were…


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How We Talk to Our Kids about Pornography

I looked at porn for the first time as a seven-year-old boy. While playing at a friend’s house, we went into his attic and found his dad’s stash of porn. I didn’t really know what I was looking at but I took a centerfold home with me and hid it in a drawer in my bedroom. A few years later I found a…


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When What You’re Doing Isn’t Working

I see a lot of similarities between parenting and sports. If you’ve played sports on any serious level, you know how much practice and strategy goes into preparing for a game. You have to have strategies that your coach gives you and plays that are at the ready just in case you need them. At every…


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