Beware of What You Demand

Do your children ever assert their own way? Did that last question cause you to laugh out loud? Of course children assert their own way; selfish gain is a characteristic of immaturity. In 1 Samuel Chapter 8 God’s children demanded to have their way. They wanted a king to rule

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The Big Payoff

Do you ever sense that your efforts are futile? Are there times when your child refers to a task as pointless? How can you know that your efforts are not in vain? In Luke Chapter 4, Jesus was teaching from one of the disciple’s boats. Luke 4:4-5a records: When he (Jesus)

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Satisfaction Guaranteed

There are some things in life that perhaps will always remain a mystery. For instance, the same child that was once more satisfied with the box a toy came in than the actual toy will one day desire toys that no longer come in boxes. But, what caused him to

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Like Riding a Bike

Do you remember learning to ride a bike? You might find it surprising that there are elements of learning to ride a two wheeler that can be applied in godly parenting. Here are a few suggestions for effectively training your child in bike riding and in righteousness.  Familiarize your child

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In Need of a Workout

Throughout life there are certain issues that require a thorough work rather than a quick fix. For example, many children would prefer being given the answer to a math problem over the option of persevering through long division. However, there are occasions when the process of long division (appropriately named)

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Do You Study With Purpose?

People study in a variety of ways and for any number of reasons. For example, some students consistently study a specific subject to test well and improve personal proficiency while others cram at the last minute, hoping to merely pass the class. Several people in my family are fascinated by

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Gifted to Serve

Do you recognize the unique, innate qualities within your child? Is he or she naturally gifted in athletics or academics? Is he or she creative, artistic or musically inclined? Does your child enjoy simple pleasures or complex math equations? Whether special aptitudes can or cannot be identified by parents, children

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Separation Anxiety

What causes a toddler to experience separation anxiety? In short, some children become unsettled when separated from their primary caregiver—the one who provides him or her with a sense of security. Even though as children we grow out of this phase of development, there may still be occasions that cause

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Run to Win

Sprinters bolt from starting blocks with great bursts of energy that is difficult to sustain for lengthy periods of time, while long distance runners desperately need the ability to maintain energy over time in order to be successful. Consequently, a sprinter’s training is much different than one who runs long

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More Than Mere Highlights

Do you enjoy viewing the highlight clips from sporting events? The enthusiasm, determination, and accomplishments captured on film typically spotlight above average athletic performances. Although highlights are impressive, they don’t reveal what took place in the days and years leading up to a specific performance. For example, highlights fail to

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