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The Most Important Time to Love Your Child

What might happen if every time we disciplined our children we remembered this powerful message of God’s love for us: “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1).

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Four Powerful Messages All Kids Long to Hear

  Every parent wants their child to choose good, right behavior. Every family consists of real, mistake-prone people. No one is perfect. How do we…

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What’s Your Child Really Saying?How I Created Connection with my Child's Heart

It was the first warm day of spring in Minnesota, which usually means MUD. The ground was still soggy from the snow melt, but the air was clean and fresh and the flowers were just beginning to peek through the soil. I was outside with two of our three kids…

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Parenting from a Donkey

Jesus was a “different kind of king”* This was evident in many ways, and highlighted by the unexpected way he entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday….

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What to Do When We Blow Up

  As hard as we try to parent like God would, we are human, and sometimes we mess up. We lose our cool, we speak…

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Did God Spank Moses?

The story of Moses at the burning bush is (thanks to Cecil DeMille and Charlton Heston) one of the most famous stories in the Old…

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Why Do Kids Obsess Over Video Games?

During my recent reading of “Boys Adrift” by Dr. Leonard Sax, I came across a letter that really grabbed my attention. The letter’s author is…

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When Kids Act Up, Don’t Try to Be More Patient…

There are certain time when kids seem especially prone to “pushing our buttons”: after Christmas, after birthdays, summertime, and the list goes on.   Kids have trouble…

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Uncommon Thoughts About BullyingHow to Address Bullying: Part 2

What if we viewed bullying the way Jesus the Christ viewed the aggressive pursuits of Saul the Pharisee? In the story, Jesus’ followers have been…

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The Diamond in the Rough of BullyingHow to Address Bullying: Part 1

You learn that your child has been bullied at school. Your blood pressure skyrockets. You want justice NOW! “THIS IS NOT OK! I’M CALLING THE…

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