Blog  /   Archive: Teenagers

18
Nov
2014
be careful what you wish for

{originally published in 2012}   Do you ever secretly (or not so secretly) long for a different stage of life? Maybe you want to go back to being DINKS (dual income, no kids). Or perhaps you’d like to return to the days of one child instead of four. Or just possibly you’d like to experience […]

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12
Nov
2014
report cards, conferences, grace based parenting

  Parent Teacher Conferences. You either go into them knowing what the teacher is going to say or you are totally blown away {and that isn’t always a good thing}.   Tonight we had our first conferences with a junior high student. We had short meetings with not only one teacher, but five. Five different […]

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10
Nov
2014

Dads And Their Sons

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son, parenting, grace based parenting, family matters

In a previous post, I spoke directly to moms to help encourage them in the delicate balance of protecting their sons less, and preparing them more. In this post, I want to address sons, but I know that it’s unlikely that he will ever read the article. My suggestion would be, ask your husband/son’s father […]

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07
Nov
2014

Moms And Their Sons

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son, parenting, grace based parenting, family matters

  I love my mom! I would not be the man I am today without her. She and I have always had a special relationship, but it is not the same today as it was when I was a boy. When I was young my mom was my primary nurturer.  She fed me, tucked me […]

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depression, anxiety, true greatness, family matters, dr. tim kimmel

  Let’s be honest: parenting is hard. Parenting a child with special needs is really hard. And when your special needs child has mental illness, it can be flat out daunting.   This isn’t about comparison – it’s about compassion. If you are a parent with a mentally ill child, or you are close to […]

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30
Sep
2014
eyeroll

{originally posted in 2011} It usually makes its first appearance somewhere between ages 10 to 12; somewhere in that tipping point between childhood and young adulthood. You say something that seems innocuous … a question … an observation … an opinion. Something innocently related to your adolescent’s present context. Then you see it. Its initial […]

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beauty, cosmetic industry, Family matters, Karis Murray

  {Click here to see Part 1}   We’re all His beautiful image.   The moment you’re conceived you are beauty. Whether you’re young or old, thick or thin, healthy or sick, you’re beauty. Beauty isn’t subjective, beauty is innate. Beauty is as God is, unchanging, everlasting and limitless.   So, why is it damaging to continue […]

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beauty, cosmetic industry, Family matters, Karis Murray

  Body image is hotter than ever as a cultural idol. The fashion, fitness, weight-loss and cosmetics industries spend billions every year to convince you that there is a lot you can do to be more beautiful, and conveniently, they have the product/workout/pill/diet/potion/procedure to help you get there. Yet, every year the cancer of self-loathing […]

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17
Sep
2014

The Other Woman

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The other woman, grace based parenting, teens, dating

It’s happening. I knew this day would come.  I’m grateful it didn’t come sooner.  I’m still not ready. My son, once carried inside my body, but now more than a head taller than me . . . who once called me mama, but now sometimes says “mom” like the word is almost too distasteful for […]

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Family Matters, Teenagers, teens, Parenting

  Your children have been absorbing truths about Jesus. Through your family devotions, Bible storybooks, and your church’s children’s ministry programming, your child has soaked up theology, and he can give good answers to your questions about the Bible, God, Jesus, and the church. Don’t underestimate the value in the teaching of facts. The classical […]

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