Jan 22, 2014

How Your Need for Approval Can Hold You Back in Your Work

She wanted to sign up for volleyball this winter. Then again, she didn’t. I watched my daughter from across the kitchen table, while our waffles grew cold. The sign-up sheet and a ballpoint pen sat between us, next to the syrup bottle. “It would be fun— sooo much fun, Mom!”...Read more +
Dec 20, 2013

The Gift of Loving Polly: Parenting a Special Needs Child

We went back to Michigan to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, and then it seemed like I blinked and we were decorating for our first Christmas in Chicago. Our two-story house with slanted, old wooden floors and tall ceilings was ready for the holidays. One day, a couple weeks before...Read more +
Nov 24, 2013

Are you a Leader or Manager in Parenting?

Adriel Booker says, "I don’t want to be a manager of my kids. My goal is not to see them fit into a box, check things off a list, learn this, do that, accomplish that, behave like this...A manager requires people to serve the vision (the structure, process, organization, business,...
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Nov 14, 2013

Escaping Poverty for the Abundant Life

Kathy* strayed from the family plan. Instead of marrying a gentleman and a scholar, like her PhD parents had hoped, she betrothed herself to a regular ole Joe with a full, dark beard long before the days of Duck Dynasty . I wasn’t privy to the full discussion, only the...Read more +
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 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 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 18, 2013

Loving You Different: A Love Letter For Second-Borns

I loved you instantly, of course. It was the second time in my life that a delivery-room nurse had placed a wrinkled newborn girl in my arms. When my lips brushed across your cheek, I knew it would be a cinch to love you as much as I loved your...Read more +
Aug 26, 2013

Books on Family: The Secrets of Happy Families, Part four

On any given Thursday night, you could find us—the mighty, mighty buffaloes of Trinity Junior High—defending the home court against our foe du jour . The smells of popcorn and sweat socks hung in the air, and the squeak of our high-topped Nike’s against the refinished floor echoed from the...Read more +

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