Written by Dan Istvanik “Orange justice!” your daughter screams as you pour her morning glass of orange juice, followed by a display of crazy dance moves. Sitting at “Parent Day” at school, your child’s teacher says “Brain Break” and immediately every child in the room jumps up and starts swinging their arms wildly as she…

Though I do try to be grateful throughout the year, I really appreciate the general air of gratitude that pervades the month of November. I want to take advantage of this to boost my family’s focus on thankfulness. One easy way to do this is to engage in gratitude activities. These take many forms, so…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on PsychCentral. Emerging psychological research from Michigan State University suggests fond memories of childhood are  linked to better health, less depression and fewer chronic illnesses in adulthood. “We know that memory plays a huge part in how we make sense of the world — how we organize…

November 1, 2018 | Dr. Jim Burns |  Here it comes, right on cue! It’s November already, and the Christmas commercials have started appearing on television, stores are all decked with holly, and your kids are probably already begging for new “stuff” under the Christmas tree. For many of us, the holiday season is a…

February 22, 2016 | Dan Scott | How often as parents do we hear ourselves saying, “Just work together. Can’t you cooperate?” Sometimes we want to pull our hair out wondering if our kids will ever cooperate. And in those calm, introspective moments as a parent (we have those, right?), we have to ask ourselves, “Do I…

September 25, 2018 | Cindy Fiala |  Hi, we’re the Fialas—John and Cindy. We have three grown kids, six grand-littles, a great marriage that takes lots of work and intentionality, and we have the privilege to serve the church in significant ways. From the outside, when people meet us, there are some assumptions that are…

October 11, 2018 | Dr. Chinwé Williams |  No parent wants to learn that their child is a bully. In the journey of growing into who God made them to be, children (like adults) will need lots of do-overs!  But it’s important for parents to take bullying seriously. How often have we heard adults say,…

October 23, 2018 | Brooklyn Lindsey |  I wasn’t expecting her joy to make me question mine. Part of my job as a youth pastor has been to rally parents to embrace the development and growing independence of their children. Especially as they enter middle school. I remind them of how important it is to…

October 23, 2018 | Sherry Surratt | This isn’t news to anyone, but being a grandparent is a blast. With three grandkids, ages one to seven, I have legit reason to attend every Disney movie as soon as it comes out, hang out at candy stores and regularly peruse the toy aisle at Target. The…

Several years ago I embarked on a little journey into the world of advertising to get a better sense of how marketing has shaped body image pressures and expectations for our girls. I began by looking at marketing efforts to women who were a part of my grandmothers’ generation. . . those born at the…