March 12, 2019 | Sarah Anderson | Before becoming a parent I thought I would do best with having a teenager right off the bat. If I could skip the sleep deprivation and toddler tantrum-ing and bedwetting, I’d be good. I wanted to get right to the place where I could have a conversation and…

March 6, 2019 | Robert Carnes | When we announced that my wife was pregnant, that opened the floodgates for unsolicited advice. Every parent I knew took it upon themselves to offer their version of childrearing wisdom—most of which I appreciated. Over time, we began hearing some of the same suggestions over and over again….

March 4, 2019 | Dr. Kara Powell | By Kara Powell and Steve Argue Adapted from Growing With: Every Parent’s Guide to Helping Teenagers and Young Adults Thrive in their Family, Faith, and Future (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2019). “But I don’t want to ride with you. I want to keep riding with my cousins.”…

December 13, 2018 | Carey Nieuwhof | I think it’s kind of fun that God puts families into a little box called a home—where they bump into each other daily for years on end—and tells them to love each other. Nice experiment. It’s always amazed me that many of us have a tendency to communicate least graciously…

By Jim Burns · March 1, 2019 For better or worse, media has a powerful influence in our kids’ lives! Today’s media sends nonstop communication, delivering its voice through television, movies, Internet, music, magazines, books, computers, smartphones, tablets, and more. Frankly, it is impossible for parents to have control over every message that is being…

February 22, 2019 | Dr. Chinwé Williams | 0 Comments In our attempt to keep pace in this fast-paced world, or to be a model parent who takes good care of our families, many of us experience times when we aren’t quite at 100%. Sadness and the occasional low mood are a normal part of…

February 20, 2019 | Liz Hansen | 0 Comments About 50,000 thoughts pass through our minds each day. FIFTY THOUSAND. I suspect that number is even higher for parents of preschoolers! It’s true that many of these thoughts are the equivalent of mental space junk— Add milk to the grocery list . . . This…

December 12, 2017 | Mike Tiemann | “Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.” That’s what Donovan sang way back in 1965. Sure—on the surface, it’s a sweet ode to his true love. But let’s be honest. He might as well have been singing about being a parent. I know I’ve felt that…

February 13, 2019 | Parent Cue | What’s more important to you as a parent: How happy your kids are? How well your kids achieve? Or what about how kind they are to others? According to the Making Caring Common Project, 80% of youth in their study feel like their parents are more concerned with their…

February 15, 2019 | Ted Lowe | My wife and I worked with teenagers for many years, and one of the skills we learned was to ask great questions, which often lead to great conversations. Now we work with married people; but we get to practice those same skills on our own kids, who are…