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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.

True Confessions in Training Children Spiritually

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I’m a children’s minister; have been for the last almost 15 years. I’ve been a follower of Jesus for more than 20 years. Been through seminary classes and countless Bible…

Bullying and Cyberbullying

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Bullying is part of the cultural landscape for adolescents today, even as it has been in previous generations. Some teenagers are still bullied in person–a 2014 study found that while…

Sneaky Suspects: Teenagers and Screens

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  Teenagers spend hours each day with their faces buried in screens jumping from app to app. Streaming, FaceTime, and Vlogs are normal things for the Generation Z teenager because…

Understanding Apple’s “ScreenTime” App

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Since the launch of iOS 12, Apple mobile devices have gotten a significant upgrade in the area of parental controls.  Formerly known as, Restrictions, Apple has rebranded and revised the App to…

What if You Can’t FIX It?

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A human problem that many of us face…we want to FIX it. This does not just go for projects around the house but even the problems that our kids bring…

Keep Your Mouth Shut and the Welcome Mat Out

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Here is the principle: Unsolicited advice is usually taken as criticism. “But why does she need to go to Europe to find herself when I have all the answers for her…

8 Ways to Pray for your Child

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From the moment they are placed in our arms to the first post on Instagram to the driver’s license test to packing the last box for college, parents are inundated…

The Power of Forgiveness

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“If you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” —Mark 11:25 All marriage authorities say the same thing: A healthy…

It Takes a Village: You Need Community, and So Do Your Kids!

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By Julia Bernier My husband and I were married for 5 years when we were blessed with our first child. Our son had been the reason we had committed our…

A Lost Art or Not?

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We are facing a pandemic. A mass “eye infection”, if you will. Eye contact has become a lost art. Instead, our eyes are glued to screens, pages, and every possible…

5 Things To Remember As Your Child Heads Back To School

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  Your child is probably a combination of excited and nervous. A new school year brings new adventures and opportunities but it also brings back some of the old challenges…

Back to School Supplies for PARENTS

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While you are busy gathering together school supplies, loading up backpacks, and packing lunches…here are the top 10 essentials for your parenting backpack. Have these supplies ready before the first…

Can’t We Just Have FUN!?!?

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  It’s a glorious summer day. Kids are out of school and the sun is shining. Beach day is in order. Swimsuits are on, sunscreen lathered, car loaded with all…

Choosing A School

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  By Jennifer Norton Being in the middle of summer, it is hard to believe that we will be running to the local store soon to stock up on school…

Having Fun and Making Memories Along the Way

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By Julia Bernier We celebrated our son and his new wife last year at their wedding. Of course, as the mother of the groom, we took the traditional whirl around…

Top 10 Ways To Make Father’s Day Fantastic

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For All You Dads Out There... 10. Eat a steak...then some chicken wings. 9. Take a nap or two or three. 8. Force the rest of the family to listen…

A Parents Guide to Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse

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Many, perhaps most, teenagers experiment with drugs and alcohol. This doesn’t mean they will become addicts, but the experimental behavior that occurs at adolescence can quickly bring problems, even deadly…

In-laws, Step Families and The Blend: Five Tips to Navigate the Relationship

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As we work through the five tips that follow, keep in mind this principle: “Wear beige and keep your mouth shut.” It effectively summarizes the best approach to navigating and…

Adoption Talk

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By Jennifer Norton Adoption is prevalent throughout the Bible, so one would surmise it would be easy to talk about. In reality, the topic still brings some conversations to a…

Some Summer Stuff

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  Summer is here! Hotter days, longer nights and way more free time for your kids. So, what can you do to help make the summer months memorable? Here are…

Practical Ideas for Influencing Your Grandkids

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There are so many practical ways to influence your grandkids. Here are several ideas to get you started: Be present. Be fun. Be generous. Your presence matters. I call this…

Smart Phone Safety, Survival and Sanity!

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  All throughout history, our advancements have also brought unintended side effects. And while the side effects rarely outweigh the benefits (for example, I’m not about to quit eating pizza…

Parent’s Guide: Giving Your Student a Cell Phone

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The milestone of giving your student their first cell phone may be the most significant milestone of their adolescence. The oldest of Generation Z (born 1997-2012) would have been ten…

Teaching Rules, Responsibility, and Respect

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Developing family rules, responsibility, and respect first begin with what we value. Pastor Rick Warren has told us many times that value depends on who owns something. The Bible tells…

The Power of a Pause Button

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I can still vividly remember the first time I saw a commercial for TiVo (the orginal DVR). My mind was blown. I simply couldn’t wrap my head around the idea…

The Art of Tension and Slack

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  For a minute, imagine yourself holding a rope. At the end of the rope is your child. Is the rope tight or full of slack? Most parents have a…

Pick Your Battles

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It can definitely feel like you are swimming upstream, against the current, when it comes to a clean and organized way of life. When one “mess” finally gets cleaned up,…

Catch Your Child Doing Something Right

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Over the course of my parenting journey I’ve become really good at something, and I’ve noticed that many other parents are equally skilled in this particular area, too. I’m great…

Saying Something You Soon Regret…and how to do it less frequently

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  “All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless…

Pushing All the Wrong Buttons

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The other day I was looking at a VCR. I can hardly believe this is a relic of the past, an antique, something that makes me feel dated though it’s…

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 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…