More Articles from Archive ~ Parenting Decisions

I have always been fascinated by the statement that Jesus was “full of grace and truth”.  That is an astounding balance.  Those concepts are not opposites, but are equal parts of the whole of God’s heart. He functions in grace toward us.  He is long-suffering.  He is kind.  He explains and teaches.  He forgives us […]

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It seems to me like we try to have kids grow up too fast.  Kids need to be kids.  They need to have down time and they need unstructured play.  They need freedom to use their imagination. Some parents are off to the races from pre-school. “Let’s get them in advanced classes early and keep […]

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There are lots of ways to describe the same basic concept, The Spirit Filled Life, The Abiding Life, Lordship of Christ.  All of these concepts center around the theme of letting Christ control our thinking and decisions.  Kids need to understand this concept from when they are small. As preschoolers we could talk with our […]

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Children today are in such an amazing world of the internet, and entertainment, large screen TVs and amazing graphics in video games.  How in the world do we as parents help them balance all of that and not make Christ seem boring.  It is tough. Though all these things are fun and can fill time, […]

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Both of our girls were thankful that we admitted we were wrong at times.  I don’t know why it is so hard for us, as parents, to admit when we make a mistake–when we sin.  I think part of it is a natural human instinct not to admit our failures.  People fight a whole lifetime […]

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If you take 5-10 minutes each day for 18 years teaching your kids about the Bible, that is between 600-1000 hours of teaching.  What an amazing amount of input to the heart of a child. When our kids were little we sat on their beds and talked.  We listened about their day, and we read […]

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This decision is related to our not worrying about our reputation.  Especially when our kids are teens we need to choose our battles carefully.  Another way of saying this is, ”major on the majors”. There are actions or attitudes that our kids choose as they are discovering themselves.  Some of these minor things will bug […]

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Decision #6  Don’t Worry about Your Reputation I was a pastor during part of the time my girls were teens.  Bev and I felt the responsibility to be models of behavior in the church.  We had to be so careful not to burden our children with our responsibility.  I think they felt pressure as a […]

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It amazes me to watch a two year old look up into the face of a parent and say “no”.  That out and out defiance is something that has to be broken early.  We were determined when our kids were small, that in a case of defiance, we were going to win.  This was not […]

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