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10 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Challenging Kids and the Quality of Marriages That Parent Them

Feeding your marriage while raising your kids can at times be tough to do. I don’t know anyone who gets it down perfectly but then again, healthy marriages and healthy parenting isn’t about perfect, is it?
I like articles that make you think. Here is a brief article from the Dayton Daily News (the what? Right!) [...]

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16 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

From Parent to Consultant: Striking the Balance

A critical point in parenting is the transition of your child from adolescence to adulthood. You want your “young adult” to land safely into that part of their life rather than crashing into it. Here is a quick article with that in mind.
BTW, I must say that Focus on the Family has some great brief [...]

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21 February 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Sobering Thoughts from the Dad of a Teen Idol

Check out Billy Ray Cyrus’ thoughts on Miley’s success. Focus on the Family’s Jim Daly weighs in as well.
http://www.focusonlinecommunities.com/blogs/Finding_Home/2011/02/16/billy-ray-cyrus-regret
I feel for Billy Ray and that’s a feeling I’ve never quite had for him before. (I always thought “Achy, Breaky Heart” was woefully overrated!) Yet, as a dad I can only imagine what it would be [...]

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16 December 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Parenting is Fast, So Celebrate the Moment

Thom Rainer should know about what he states here. He is there now with an empty nest. I know about it as well. This is a very true statement.
Parenting does have its slow periods. There can be times when it seems to drag on and on. But then there comes a time when it seems [...]

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28 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Thursday’s Quote from … Jack Sparrow?

Selma and I spoke to a group of parents recently on the significance of being honest with your kids. Just for fun I began the session with Sparrow’s memorable line from “Pirates of the Caribbean”:
I’m dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest, honestly! It’s the honest ones you want to [...]

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12 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Looking at Moving? Some Tips for Your Kids

You’ve heard the phrase often, perhaps ever since Rick Warren’s famous opening line in The Purpose Driven Life, but when you are in a family with kids, it’s not (just) about you. You are a part of a system that is affected by almost every decision you make.
That doesn’t mean you automatically decide not to [...]

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12 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Six Essentials Wrap Up and a Small Miracle

Tonight …
Phil and Natalie are leading the last session in our series focusing on key elements that go into making a healthy marriage. It’s been a good, well-attended series with a great group. It is easier to teach when the group you are addressing is responsive and this one has not disappointed us.
Thanks for [...]

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22 March 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Fresh Reading List on Marriage, Parenting, Porn and 1,000,000 Miles in a 1,000 Years!

Here are some new books I’ve gotten on Kindle lately. It’s a whole new list of readings for the spring. Will let you know which ones, if any of them are any good. (I think they will be!)
* Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – This one is “homework” from my wife. [...]

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10 August 2009 ~ 0 Comments

A Special Blessing Returning from Phoenix

I had a wonderful trip to the Association of Marriage and Family Ministers (AMFM) conference in Phoenix last week. Got to lead a workshop on The Parent Adventure along with Scott McConnell from LifeWay Research. Then I attended several helpful workshops myself. Always good to meet some new people "in the business".
The running was [...]

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15 July 2009 ~ 0 Comments

No Air but a Nice Trip to Denver

Just an update on our trip last weekend. Denver has almost no air. Hard to breathe throughout the trip. What should I have expected going to a city known as "The Mile High City"?
And yet, it was a most productive engagement as we got the chance to share our passion for encouraging parents through [...]

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