Q&A: How Can I Encourage Teens With Low Self Esteem?

Question: I do not yet have children, but recently my 13-year-old niece stayed with me for a week. It was a great time of bonding, but I saw evidence that she struggles with self-esteem. I tried to show her how special she is by pointing out the many talents and

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Do You Rely on Ratings?

Have you ever considered how ratings are established for movies? According to the Motion Picture Association of America, this responsibility has been given to an independent board of parents with no past affiliation to the movie business. Their job description: “To rate each film as they believe a majority of

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Q&A: What’s in a Name?

Question: My husband and I are expecting our first child in a few months and we cannot seem to agree on a name for the baby. What should we do? Answer: In order to determine God’s best in any situation it is important to first seek His perspective. For example,

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How Motivated Are You?

The world we live in appears to be consumed with the idea of success. As parents, we too want our children to succeed in life. But what does that look like and how motivated are you to help your child succeed? If you are a parent who desires your child

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White as Snow

I don’t know which is a better indicator of snow: The local weather forecast or the rush of people to the grocery store. Regardless of whether or not it comes to fruition, the mere anticipation of snow can be exciting for children. Snow provides the potential for experiencing a day

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If the Glove Fits…

Have you ever needed to accomplish some work? I mean the kind of work that requires a sturdy set of tools and a thick pair of gloves. In recently preparing for a tough household chore, I reached for my gloves and found that two of the five finger slots had

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Christmas All Year Long

I’m boxing up the Christmas tree ornaments and collecting the remnants of tinsel from the carpeting. But, I’m not packing up my memories of Christmas—I pray that they remain all year long. Imagine what it would look like to allow our Christmas memories to be present in our lives throughout

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Love as Jesus Does

As a parent, what has a greater effect on your child: saying what you mean or meaning what you say? If you merely say what you mean, you will likely not be correctly understood by your child. But, consider for a moment the potential effects if you really mean what

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A Christmas Poem

‘Tis the weeks before Christmas and all through our home       You can recognize the season wherever you roam There are lights that twinkle on each shrub and tree       And our seasonal doorbell plays carols with glee There are decorations on the mailbox and a wreath on the door

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Peaceful Season?

Are you experiencing it? That hustle and bustle that arrives with the Christmas season can be so contagious. Are your children experiencing it too? Our culture has led us to believe in “the more the merrier”: The more Christmas parties, deli trays, decorations, and guests, the more it appears that you are

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