Setting Traditions as a Family

Setting Traditions as a Family

We all have traditions. They may not look like anyone else’s but we have them. Whether it’s the Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or Easter festivities – we know where we’re supposed to meet and what we’re supposed to do. One of our family traditions is to go camping...
Should Gaming Be a Task?

Should Gaming Be a Task?

One temptation as parents is to make the 12 Tasks easier on their child by choosing an activity they are already achieving at and simply upping the accomplishment for that area. That can work but you need to be careful not to play into anything that might seem like a...
Fighting Fair With Your Teen

Fighting Fair With Your Teen

Fights between two independence-oriented individuals seem inevitable – even within the same family. James (4:1) tells us that fights and quarrels are caused from unmet desires battling within us. We want something but can’t get it so we focus our laser-anger on the...
Building Communication Patterns that Last

Building Communication Patterns that Last

When my son Richard was young there was no problem in getting him to talk. He would follow my wife around the kitchen and the house as she worked, talking about all the new things he was learning and doing. As he grew up and engaged with his friends, his focus of...
Peaceful Conflict – part 1

Peaceful Conflict – part 1

Peaceful conflict seems to be an oxymoron when it comes to working out friction with your emerging teen. We are designed for intimate connection with others in our family where we can freely express ourselves and be accepted. Being vulnerable can leave us open to...
Great Lines for Life

Great Lines for Life

One of the things I enjoy doing is writing. Each of my books focuses on dramatic themes which we can all relate with. My characters desire to love and to be loved. They want security, significance, purpose, hope, meaning and grace. Dr. Tim Kimmel, in his book, Grace...