Category Archives: Parenting

10 things teens don’t want from communication

Communicating with teens can be tricky. Don’t panic. It’s fairly normal (though not the same with every teen). You might not agree with everything in the list of “don’ts” below, but it makes for good reflection and discussion. The journey … Continue reading

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Parenting isn’t about you

Parents must be willing to start with their own hearts if they want to be used by God to help transform the hearts of their children. Continue reading

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Love must be earned

Unable to pinpoint the cause of her unrest, Lindy finally broke. She hit a wall and admitted failure…personal, marital, parental, social, and to her dismay, even spiritual. Continue reading

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Four approaches to parenting

What is your parenting style? take a closer look at four approaches to parenting. Continue reading

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Four kinds of children from dysfunctional homes

Let me introduce you to the four kinds of children in relation to differences in reaction to a dysfunctional home. Continue reading

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How childhood experiences become enemies of true love

Fear and control function as a kind of glue that cements past and present with a strong potential of ruining the future. Continue reading

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Hurt by a distant father (Julie’s story)

Julie was baffled by unexplainable outbursts of anger and an almost continual feeling of discontentment — even though she was married to a loving, supportive husband and had four beautiful children. Continue reading

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Pick your parent day

Alex’s story took an unexpected turn when I asked him which parent he chose. He paused and looked down with tear-filled eyes as he admitted,… Continue reading

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My father always told me I was stupid

“I guess it goes back to the way my father treated me. He always told me that I was   stupid and would never amount to anything. Whenever I did something wrong, he would angrily ask, … Continue reading

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Four kinds of children and parents

Over the years, I’ve observed four kinds of children in dysfunctional homes. Consider your approach to parenting and the possible affects it has on your children. Continue reading

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