Have you ever paid attention to the words your kids choose when they talk or write papers for school? I was listening to something the other day, when the speaker made a comment that really resonated with me as a parent – especially as a Christian parent.
He was talking about the use of the term “hater” by people today. The speaker pointed out that in his youth, when someone disagreed with something you said or believed, they were called your critic. You were encouraged to research and hone your arguments in order to persuade your critics you were correct in your beliefs or in what you said or did.
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Parenting seems to bring fear to the door of people who were previously fearless. The mom who would jump out of airplanes when she was single, suddenly watches her first infant breathe, fearing that looking away means those sweet breaths might stop.
Some parents become so immobilized by their own fears, they pass them on to their children – creating anxious children, afraid to do anything because “something bad might happen”.
So I was interested when offered the chance to review Breaking the Fear Cycle by Maria Furlough. Now, I must warn you, in some ways, this book takes courage just to read. The author wrote this book after giving birth to a child she had known several months in advance would die at birth. Her story is gripping and still raw – even though time has passed.
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We have recently been in one of those lovely spells where we are having constant car troubles. Did I mention it was with both of our cars? It’s never fun, but our experiences reminded me of something important.
You see, throughout this journey, we have had many negative experiences. From mechanics who didn’t learn the skills they needed to really do their job well, to mechanics who weren’t doing their best – making mistakes a brand new mechanic shouldn’t make, to over-charging, unkept promises and lies – we have experienced a wide range of the problems in our world.
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Parenting can be interesting. It’s easy to convince yourself that you are putting your kids and spouse ahead of your own needs all of the time. Then something happens to make you realize maybe you aren’t quite as selfless as you think.
I was interested when offered to an opportunity to review the book Generous Love by Becky Kopitzke. The subtitle was what really caught my eye – “Discover the Joy of Living ‘Others First'”. As a mom with two decades of experience under my belt, I would say I’ve heard more parents complain about always having to put others first, than celebrating the joy it is bringing them.
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There is a misconception that God is somehow not allowed to enter public schools. In reality, your kids usually have much more latitude than we tend to think. Often, the cases you hear about in the news are isolated, have special circumstances or are later overturned.
Your children can share their faith in ways subtle enough that even the fussiest school districts would allow them. Here are some of our favorites:
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