Encouraging an “I Spy” Desire to Read God’s Word

God’s Word is a mirror. It reveals the things I can’t see with my own eyes. It changes my lenses and helps me see the obvious as well as what’s hidden. If I can get my children to hunger after God’s Word, I have done something that will serve to open my child’s eyes in ways only His Spirit can. If they develop a thirst for reading the Bible, they will find a well that springs eternal life.  Continue reading Encouraging an “I Spy” Desire to Read God’s Word

Time Management Tips for Families (Because Kiddos Don’t Rush Well)

Rushing young children to meet our time expectations is as effective as forcing a hippopotamus to enter a relay race. Those large mammals often become ornery when disturbed. In hippo-like fashion, little people may balk, cry, or pitch a temper tantrum when pressed beyond their capacity. They don’t rush well. 

Have you noticed the more you try to hurry them, the more sloth-like they become? It’s as if they choose to idle or move in reverse. And even if they switched into high gear quickly, is “hurry-scurry” the lifestyle we want to model and develop?

To avoid the last-minute-race-against-the-clock scenario (at least sometimes), let’s look at practical ways to help our children succeed. Because kiddos don’t rush well.   Continue reading Time Management Tips for Families (Because Kiddos Don’t Rush Well)

Handing Over the Keys

There are events in life that parents contemplate as their children grow. Some are anticipated because they are announced before arrival—such as the many attempts by baby to roll over that lead to success, or the cranky baby before the first tooth pops up. Then there are the experiences we think are far into the future and there’s plenty of time to be prepared: Driver’s licenses, high school, college, and marriage. Sons and daughters, ready to take on the world, unaware of exactly what that means.

Blink your eyes and you’ll find your baby boy standing there, uncontrollable grin on his face, holding his brand new license, asking the question we dread. “Can I have the keys?” Continue reading Handing Over the Keys

Be on Your Guard: Parenting in a Changing Culture

We as parents and grandparents see the off-kilter flight of moral stability in our world. Our eyes may have drooped with indifference and weariness. A following generation will pay for those moments of sluggish non-awareness.

We are in a battle against disengagement’s thick wool of sleep. We must remain alert. We cannot underestimate as naïve children, the magnitude of the moment. 

What can we do to stay awake? Continue reading Be on Your Guard: Parenting in a Changing Culture