Oct 30, 2013

10 Commandments of Technology With Kids

At Faith Village, Andy Blanks writes, "As part of my role with youthministry360 , I spend a lot of time immersed in youth culture ...t his gives me insight into how culture shapes spiritual development. But as a parent, it’s allowed me to think about how we equip our children...
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Oct 30, 2013

Trading Homes: When Parents and Kids Need a Break from Each Other

One day my 13-year-old daughter was my best friend, and the next day, she wasn’t. I went from being her best friend to being, well, meh . Even though my mom and I went through this, it took me by surprise. I needed help—family help. So at spring break, I...Read more +
Oct 23, 2013

Small Things Done With Great Love

She wrote upside-down on the stationery, and she apologized for the mistake. But in truth, her upside-down words were the most right-side-up words I had read in a long time. Her name was Paula. She wrote me the letter nearly a decade ago, and it covered two sides of her...Read more +
Oct 20, 2013

Sun Shine Down

October is Down syndrome awareness month and the new memoir Sun Shine Down has made me aware of the complicated beauty there is in birthing a babe with Down syndrome. When life doesn’t turn out the way we plan, we cover over the sorrow with thin smiles and platitudes.It’s a...
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Oct 16, 2013

Losing is Good for You

Remember when only the winners got trophies for partcipating in an activity? Author and researcher Ashley Merryman believes we need to return to that philosophy. In the New York Times , she writes, "Po Bronson and I have spent years reporting on the effects of praise and rewards on kids...
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Oct 16, 2013

Parenting Teens Within Broken Systems: Interview with Dr. Chap Clark, Conclusion

Speaker and professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and founder of ParenTeen and Hurt seminars, Dr. Chap Clark has over 30 years in youth ministry, including 15 with Young Life . He is the author of many books, including Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World and Hurt 2.0: Inside the...Read more +
Oct 13, 2013

Sand and Stone

Two good friends fell into a passionate debate. In the heat of the moment, one man cursed the other. The man who received the insult said nothing. But he stooped and wrote in the dirt: Today my best friend cursed and insulted me. Days later, the man who had been...Read more +
Oct 9, 2013

Parenting Teens Within Broken Systems: Interview with Dr. Chap Clark, Pt. 2

Speaker and professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and founder of ParenTeen and Hurt seminars, Dr. Chap Clark has over 30 years in youth ministry, including 15 with Young Life . He is the author of many books, including Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World and Hurt 2.0: Inside the...Read more +
Oct 2, 2013

Parenting Teens Within Broken Systems: Interview with Dr. Chap Clark, Pt. 1

Speaker and professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and founder of ParenTeen and Hurt seminars, Dr. Chap Clark has over 30 years in youth ministry, including 15 with Young Life . He is the author of many books, including Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World and Hurt 2.0: Inside the...Read more +
Sep 27, 2013

Confession and Forgiveness in Marriage

Don’t apologize when you’ve done something wrong to your spouse! That’s what Mike Metzger warns us in a recent post at Doggie Head Tilt. Why shouldn’t we apologize? Metzger writes, “Most folks apologize for bad behavior. Bad move for marriage. The word ‘ apology ’ comes from the Greek ‘...Read more +

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