Communication with a Middle Schooler

communication between mom and preteen son

Gavin and Mom sit down at the table after dinner. Earlier, Gavin asked for permission to hang out at the park with friends late at night. Rather than argue with him after she said no, Mom gave him the opportunity to try a different way of communicating. She hopes that…  Read More

A Middle Schooler Needs to Question Values

Middle schooler in park at night

Middle schoolers are wired to question the values they’ve been taught. Listen in on a conversation between thirteen-year-old Gavin and his mom. “Mom, some of the guys are meeting down at the park tonight at midnight. May I go?” “What’s happening in the park at that hour?” “Nothing. We’re just…  Read More

Developmental Stages’ Impact on Teaching Kids

developmental stages and parenting

What do developmental stages have to do with Christian parenting? If our goal is to raise children who are blazing hot Christians, we need to understand what to expect at different ages in order to optimize our teaching. None of us chooses to be lukewarm for Christ. “So then, because…  Read More

Thanksgiving: An American Treasure

Thanksgiving family

“I’m sorry, guys. The gravy’s not quite ready. Seems it always takes longer than I expect.” The family is getting restless. One person snitches a pickle off the relish plate thinking she’s not been seen. The farmer lifts a lid off a pot to peer inside. A four-year-old stares at…  Read More