July 25, 2014

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My Writing Process Blog Hop

Writing faith

My critique partner Teri Jones tagged me in a blog hop about writing process. Teri blogs at www.raisedtoaction.com about bringing up kids with servant hearts. Her work ethic, insight into writing, and commitment to the writing process inspire me. It is my blessing to share my love of writing with Teri who is one of my best […]

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June 26, 2014

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Communication the Morning after the Party

Communication with teens needs food

Communication between teens and their parents can make or break their relationship. In last week’s post, an incident occurred that had the potential for erupting into an argument. Dylan’s parents used good communication skills to prevent temper flares and to help Dylan learn from his mistakes. Dylan Dreads Facing His Parents When Dylan woke before daylight, […]

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June 12, 2014

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Peer Pressure and a Teen Party

peer pressure tough for teens

Peer pressure is the most difficult challenge teens face. Even good kids fall victim to doing what other kids are doing even when it’s wrong. Peer Pressure to Go to Barn Party Dylan, the high school senior in recent articles, seems a saint. As any parent knows, no teens are perfect. He did have his […]

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June 5, 2014

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Empower Kids to Discover Truth

Empower your daughter by listening well

To empower our kids, sometimes we must take a back seat. It can be a humbling experience. Empower Even When It’s Humbling “Mom, guess what.” Nineteen-year-old Mia’s eyes lit up. “Did you know that one of the ways you can get people to open up is to be comfortable with silence in a conversation? Some […]

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May 21, 2014

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Graduation Parties Can Be Fun and Safe

project graduation parties

Graduation parties don’t have to turn into disasters. They can be times of fun, reflection on the past, and goodbyes to friends. Let’s look at some ideas for making them fun and safe. The Party Begins The last senior walked across the stage, took her diploma, and shook hands with the president of the school […]

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May 20, 2014

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Graduation Party Gone Wrong

A graduation party can turn into something that doesn’t look like any kind of party. Let’s look in on family and friends waiting in an emergency room. The Phone Call in the Middle of the Night Robert and Nicole sat on vinyl chairs in the ER waiting room. The phone call at two-twenty a.m. had woken […]

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May 8, 2014

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Communication: Making It Work with Teens

Communication about faith

Communication in a family happens more easily around the dinner table than on the fly between activities. Listen to one family’s “faith inquiry” about drinking. Communication around the Table Eighteen-year-old Megan, her ten-year-old sister Kaitlyn, and their parents sat back down at the dinner table after they cleared the dishes. They had not been ready […]

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May 1, 2014

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Teach God’s Word…Diligently

Teach children about God

“Teach them diligently to your children…” God spoke to the Israelites about how to teach their children his law in every aspect of their lives. When we fail to do that, our children will flounder just as those who followed Joshua’s generation. Joshua and his peers were too busy conquering the promised land to actively […]

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April 24, 2014

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Christian Parenting: from Lukewarm to Blazing Hot

Christian parenting included teaching teen to study Bible

Christian parenting: Move from the lukewarm kind of parenting that follows the culture to a living, breathing, on-fire kind of parenting that will make a difference. It’s called “blazing hot.“ Dylan’s Story “I work hard to teach my children how to live out their faith in their daily lives. I lead them to have a […]

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April 17, 2014

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Respect for Parents Is Powerful Witness

Respect for parents. Is that any longer relevant? Do most kids think it’s not important and most parents refuse to enforce it? How a child respects his parents affects how he honors people in areas of life: teachers, police, and the aged. Ultimately, it impacts his relationship to God. And what about respect for parents […]

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