Carey Nieuwhof When my son Sam was about four, he had a plan. He was a huge hockey fan, and he suggested we build a new house that was entirely underground with a hockey rink inside. There would be no windows and just enough space for the family and a Zamboni. As far as four-year-old…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Study Finds. As autumn nears and the coronavirus outbreak wears on, the next school year is becoming more uncertain for many parents. A new survey finds four in five parents are thinking about homeschooling their school-age children this fall. Of those parents, nearly half say…

Reggie Joiner *Portions of this blog post are adapted from “It’s Just A Phase, So Don’t Miss It” by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy.  Sure. Every kid is very different. And a lot of energy goes into exploring those differences. Every kid has unique . . . DNA Hobbies Quirks Tastes Styles Talents Opinions But what…

Carey Nieuwhof Millions of smart phones, tablet computers and other portable devices are being sold every month (sometimes even in a single weekend), and more and more are making their way into the hands of our sons and daughters. A lot of this is catching us parents off guard as we try to figure out…

Kristen Ivy If someone has ever told you, “It’s just a phase,” chances are it was intended as a consolation or a word of encouragement. More than likely, what they meant was, “Don’t worry. You can survive this. It won’t last forever.” When I first became a mother and my colicky son was crying for…

Jon Acuff Dear therapist who will one day be counseling my children, There are two things I need to say right out of the gate: 1. I tried my best. 2. I hope you have a sound machine. The second point is more of a personal preference rather than a revelation. Having gone to counseling…

Dan Scott As parents, we all know how much kids love to ask questions, many of which start with the word, “Why.”   These questions may start out simple:  “Why is the sky blue?” or “Why can’t I have another piece of cake?” But when it comes to developing a child’s faith, soon enough, these questions will…

Carey Nieuwhof There’s this thing that I believe every family has. I don’t actually know what to call it.  If we were having a conversation, I wouldn’t be able to imitate it. But I know it when I hear it. I hear it in shopping malls, in crowds, when families get into and out of…

Candice Wynn I’m sure all parents would agree that our children test our patience, frustrate us and yes . . . even get on our nerves sometimes. If that hasn’t been your experience, please enlighten us all on how you do it. For me personally, I don’t think anyone has tested my patience more than…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on StudyFinds. There’s no doubt that dogs can bring a whole lot of joy to a household. Our canine companions are loyal, caring, and offer unconditional love to every member of the family. Now, an interesting new study finds that a pet dog may also offer…

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