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Teach your kids to choose friends carefully

Parents like to think that their children’s growth and education come primarily from their teachers at school. Would that ’twere so. Our kids’ education…

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Teach your kids how to be happily married

I do not have good news. The perception of the value of marriage is on the decline in our country. Even when they weary…

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The two most important things I say to my kids

If you were to ask my kids to do an impression of me, they would probably pronounce (in a funny voice, because that’s apparently…

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Fathers, be good

The song “Daughters” by famous musical artist John Mayer has a chorus that begins, “Fathers, be good to your daughters; daughters will love like you…

Depression & Anxiety

12 ways to help when a child dies

In the United States, we’re not used to children dying—and that’s a good thing. From 1980 to 2016, the death rate in the United…

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Praying for your spouse

A few years ago, my pastor preached a sermon on marriage. He gave us a prayer he thought we might find helpful as we…

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Parenting is not all rainbows and unicorns

Can I be honest? All the memes in the world about cherishing each day with your kids are a little annoying. The most recent…

Life’s Challenges

We can’t let fear rule

Just one week ago, the phone rang at 11:40 P.M. Her shaking voice said, “Mom, I’m okay, but . . .” Then she told…

Depression & Anxiety

1 reason why . . . you should have a conversation about 13 Reasons Why

What’s the 1 reason why you need to talk about 13 Reasons Why? Because you’re the parent.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about,…

Friends & Family

Talking to your kids about dating

A few years ago, one of my daughter’s homework assignments included having a conversation with her parents—about dating. While the phrase “living on a…

Depression & Anxiety

6 ways to lessen your college stress

As college students are preparing to go to school, they are making packing lists: Bedding. Check. Toiletries. Check. Phone charger. Check. Turns out, they…

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31 days of proactively praying for your kids (and grandkids!)

Raising kids can be so hard. They cause you to worry, stress, fret, cry . . . pray. Your daughter is struggling in school,…