Q&A: What is the Best Way to Deal With Lying?

Question: On several occasions recently I have caught my 5-year-old lying. Now, I’m not certain when she is lying and when she is telling the truth. What is the best way to deal with the issue of lying? Answer: Because it is important to parent from God’s perspective, you will

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First Shall Be Last

Should it ever be a child’s goal to be in last place? By nature, children love to be first: First to be served dinner, first to hug daddy when he arrives home from work, first in line at school, etc.  What, then, would cause a child to consider (let alone

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Are You Prepared?

As I recently sat on an airplane, anticipating take off, the flight attendant began to explain the importance of following the emergency procedures. She pointed to the procedure brochure conveniently located in the pouch in the seat in front of us and encouraged everyone to follow along as she communicated

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Love in the Teen Years: Restoration

Perhaps you’ve been trekking with us this past week but have found your parenting journey to be on a different path than the biblical one described in the preceding entries. Since we each come from different family backgrounds and various life situations, you may be encountering these truths for the

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Love in the Teen Years: Blessed Obedience

God blesses obedience Even though we are deep into day six of our seven day journey, this can be one of the most challenging lessons to teach a child. Why? Because children develop preconceived ideas of what personal blessing should look like. (In fact, this can be a weakness in

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Love in the Teen Years: Don’t Settle for Less

God desires His best concerning relationships Even though God desires and provides His absolute best for His children, some young people do not understand what that looks like. As a result, they may settle for something less. As a parent, you have been appointed to the position of teaching your

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Love in the Teen Years: What is Love?

We’ve been looking at ways to become spiritually proactive in training our children in matters of the heart. We’ve learned to assist children in guarding their hearts, becoming mindful of God’s best plans, and confident in waiting for His will to be revealed. It is in this position of desiring

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Love in the Teen Years: Worth the Wait

God’s best is worth the wait Let’s consider where we’ve been on our two-day journey in light of today’s truth: When emotions run high it is very difficult to wait, hence the need for a well guarded heart. Focusing only on ourselves also makes it hard to wait, making concentrating

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Love in the Teen Years: He’s Got Better Plans

God has specific plans for His children It’s interesting to me to sit among a group of young people as they discuss personal plans. I’m fascinated by their perception of opportunities and their means of making decisions. Young people consistently make plans, often more short term than long term. Many

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Love in the Teen Years: Heart Condition

With the Valentine’s Day holiday in sight, today we begin our seven day journey to explore God’s Word on the subject of romantic love as it pertains to parenting. Valentine’s Day can be fun to celebrate, especially with younger children—crafting heart cards and decorating cookies together, and talking about special

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