Social media and electronics guidelines for teens

With the holidays coming up many teens and kids are hoping to find a brand new tablet or smartphone under their tree on Christmas morning.  While these things are great fun, and very helpful at times, they also create a big headache for parents to teach their kids how to handle electronics and social media.  This is new territory for us as parents.  Portable electronics, […]

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Summertime Blues

Summertime Blues

We’re a couple weeks into the summer now and I’ve seen an increase in something that I see every year:  anxiety and/or depression about the change of routine, more commonly known as the summertime blues.  It’s funny, we normally think of the summer as a time of rest and relaxation, and for many it does bring that.  But there is also a number of folks […]

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Learning to Listen: Beginning to find answers

Like the rest of the country, I feel like I’ve been in a state of moderate shock since the events at Sandy Hoook Elementary. Like many of you the tragedy of 20 dead children, about the same ages as my little girls, has me asking so many questions: How did this happen? Were there any warning signs? Could anything have been done? Could this happen […]

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Blended Families: Growing together

Blended Families: Growing together

A good pastor friend of mine (who also got me started blogging, and whose sermons can be found here) mentioned to me that I need to stop apologizing at the beginning of my posts about how long it has been since I last posted.  So I’m taking his advice, and I’m not going to apologize that I haven’t posted in two weeks. Did I do […]

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Helping our Children Navigate an Online World

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately into how to help pre-teens and teens navigate an Online World.  I thought it was hard enough as a middle-schooler learning how to communicate with my peers (especially girls!) in school or at church or other social situations.  Students today need to also learn how to communicate in the online world of facebook updates, tweets, instant messages, […]

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Ten Years

Ten Years

This week my wife and I are celebrating ten years of being married! The great part is, after ten years I can honestly say I love my wife (and like her) more today than I did ten years ago. We’ve had lots of ups and down, but we’ve tackled them all together and come out of all of them stronger because of it. I’m blessed […]

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When practice pays off

Parenting is hard. It’s an endeavor that takes lots of practice, patience, and hard work. So I’d like to brag on one of my kids for a second and give an example of when practicing what you preach finally pays off. Something happened a few days ago that I’m not to proud of: I was in my room changing after a hard day of work, […]

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Forever is a long (but wonderful) time

Happy Valentines day! Ok, let’s be honest, how many people is it really happy for?  Honestly, I sometimes have a hard time figuring out why, as a society we celebrate this holiday.  All the single folks hate it, and about a third of the married couples dread it.  In my family we don’t do much for it, but that is partly because it is in […]

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Practicing Patience

What never ceases to amaze me when I work with adolescents, or when I spend time with my own kids is how easy it is for them to get us (the parents) riled up. It doesn’t take much, a little selective hearing or a little verbal jab…often done innocently…to get us reeling. Next thing we know we get frustrated, annoyed, even angry. What I’ve noticed in […]

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Are you ready for some football? Is your family?

Ok fellas, quiz time (dont’ worry, it’s short): Who did you take in the first round of your fantasy draft this season? How many points did your favorite team score this week? When was the last time you scheduled a special event (cookout etc.) on gameday? Who is your favorite player? How many hours did you spend watching football this weekend? Ok, gut-check time, quiz #2: […]

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