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Spend some time reading through these articles and blog posts to help you win in your parenting journey. We hope to build a library full of phase-specific and topic-based resources that will help you wherever you are at in your parenting journey.

Parenting…a Series of Phases

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  Not long ago my wife and I experienced a milestone 24 years in the making…our youngest child moved out. We knew it would happen; it’s supposed to happen. We’ve…

Getting Over Over-parenting

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The headlines have been laden with the college admissions scandal. The lengths that parents went to gain entry into prestigious universities was and is seemingly endless. It is easy from…

“Because I Said So…” (6 Differences Between Command And Influence)

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The classic parent response to almost anything is “because I said so....” Why do I have to eat my broccoli? Because I said so! Why do I have to go…

Three Fabulously Flawed Phrases….and How to Avoid Them

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Let’s admit it, as parents we have a tendency to say things to our kids out of frustration, anger or habit that we shouldn’t. In this blog post I’d like…

6 Stats on How Social Media Affects Teens that Parents Need to Know

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Social media, just like many of the other major components of the Internet, started out simple enough; connect with friends and spend time together when you cannot be physically together.…

How Do I Select a Technology Monitoring Service?

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Teens and kids today are spending more and more time online through mobile devices. Simply seeing our kids’ actions and behavior in the physical world is no longer enough to…

5 Mom-Son Dates

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  Moms, date your sons. There is no greater model for how your boys can treat a future girlfriend and spouse than with their very own mom. And it is…

Dating Your Kids, Part 2: 5 Dad-Daughter Dates

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Dads, date your daughters. There is no greater model for how your daughters should expect to be treated by a future boyfriend and spouse than spending time with their very…

The Blessing of Parenting | Parenting Seminars

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cZuw0Q9bxc&feature=youtu.be Check out what Dr. John Trent shared with Saddleback Parents on how to reverse the curse and still find and pass on the blessing to our children. Limited time…

The Ruling is…Non-Guilty (Mom Guilt, Part 2)

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  If you didn’t read my blog on “(Mom) Guilty as Charged (Mom Guilt, Part 1)” please do so first so that this then makes better sense. Living with Mom…

(Mom) Guilty as Charged (Mom Guilt, Part 1)

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A little bit about myself. I work in full-time ministry. I am also a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. These are my “paid” vocations but my full FULL time gig…

Five Reasons Your Teen and PreTeen Want You to Set Boundaries (sort of)

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Does your preteen or teenager really want boundaries? While you will never hear your teens say to you, “Can you please add some more restrictions to my life?” they really do want to…

2019…A Memory Each Month

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2019…A Memory Each Month As my children were growing up, I was often hesitant to do things with them that felt overly contrived, forced or unnatural just for the sake…

Preparing Your Kids for College

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If college is in your kid’s future, understand that there are many ways to pursue a college education without being subjected to a lifetime of debt. For your child, it…

TREND ALERT! November/December 2018

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Every couple of months or so, we will provide you with a list of current trends you may want to be aware of as a parent. Here is a list…

Santa Strategies

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Several years ago I learned a youth pastor lesson the hard way. I was speaking to a room full of 7th and 8th graders on the topic of “How Do…

Give Thanks

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Give THANKS IN ALL Things “..give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 You’ve likely read the above verse…

Start Here

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msIqYrlB9Tg&feature=youtu.be Books, articles, podcasts, videos, and more are chockfull of great parenting information and ideas. And every nugget of wisdom can only help to strengthen you in your parenting journey.…

Fortnite, Helping Parents Win the Battle

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Fortnite…it’s everywhere and has proven to be more than a game but rather, a cultural phenomenon. With close to 80 million people users, spending an average of $85 on “V-bucks” and…

How To Avoid Overreacting

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When our son was a teenager, I made more than a few parenting mistakes. Most of the time, I was able to identify where I went wrong, learn from it…

Helping Your Child Face Fears

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“AH, a spider!” “Daddy come get this BIG bug.” “I don’t want to go upstairs by myself, it’s dark and scary!” “What if there are monsters in my closet?!?!” In…

Treasuring Our Children

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I am told of a story of when a mother put her three-year-old son down for his afternoon nap. She went to check on him a few minutes later only…

Reject or Replicate?

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How many times have you said this to yourself, “Oh, no…I’m becoming my dad?” Has a friend or spouse ever said something to you along the lines of, “You are…

Kids Need Parents Who Are Leaders

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I’m afraid too many parents have indulged and enabled their children to such an extent that they have helped create irresponsible and even narcissistic kids. When we have weak, inconsistent…

BATTLE ZONE? Begin To Move From Control To Coaching

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Sometimes it seems that everything is a fight with teenagers. Things that used to be a no brainer suddenly are a battle. It’s time for bed. (fight) Put your phone…

How To Tame The Cell Phone Beast!

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The cell phone; what used to be a luxury item for teenagers has, in only a decade or so, become a staple that teenagers can’t live without. Ask most teenagers…

Family Dinner Is Worth Fighting For!

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An argument could easily be made that today’s families are busier than they’ve ever been. The pace of life seems to constantly force our families to run faster and faster.…

Don’t Have “The Talk”, Have An Ongoing Conversation!

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If you are dreading the day you finally decide to have “The Talk” with your pre-teen child, consider a different way of looking at it. Perhaps talking to your children…