Water Costs Money?!

I walked into the backyard after having been inside for a while. I saw the water hose lying on the ground, which isn't unusual for us because we leave it out fairly often. What was...

Apologizing to My Own Kids is Difficult!

I was tickling my youngest daughter, Macie, on the couch. Boy was she giggling! She was loving it just like both of my girls do. For some reason, for them, tickling is REALLY fun....

The Cottonmouth Children’s Book Series

Tim Keller shares an applicable story related to substitutionary atonement (fitting for a children's book review, right?!): What if you and a friend were walking alongside of a river and your friend looked over at...

Regrets You’ll Never Have Video

When parents are in the thick of life with their children, they often take little time to stand back and reflect on the big picture. The big picture being: engaging with your children in the...

The Problem with Adolescents? Other Adolescents!

I was listening to NPR's All Things Considered and I came across a report called, The Teenage Brain: Spock vs. Captain Kirk. Are adolescents impulsive? Researchers created a scenario to test adolescents' impulsiveness. Will an adolescent...

It’s Their Hill!

Every winter I create a sledding hill of of the stairs of our deck by clearing the deck of snow and slowly creating a mound higher and higher as the winter months progress. Sari...

“Bulleys” written by my 7-year-old

My daughter Sari, who is 7 years old, wrote the following during her inside recess time at school after her class had talked about bullying. I appreciated the emotion in it! Bulles are horabill. Bull are...

“Calling People Out”

A friend of mine was sharing a story about a time (some 20 years ago) when he was at Lake Hayward Beach area (in Hayward, WI) and a mother was asking her older daughter...

Love is the Combination of Both Encouragement and Challenge.

"Jesus looked at him and loved him" (Mark 10:21a) I think the wealthy man who asks Jesus how to inherit eternal life wanted Jesus to pat him on the back for all of his obedience...

Boom, Boom, Boom… Big Thunder Cloud.

I had to apologize to Sari a while back. We were playing UNO as a family and Sari came around the coffee table and wanted to tickle me. She poked her finger in my neck....

What Makes Bad Language Bad?

Who decides what the bad words are? Paul Tripp references an occasion where one of his kids asked this question and he made a couple of distinct categories: There are condemning, judgmental, ungodly words that should...

Is Porn Harmless, or Is It Damaging Lives?

From the UK, a former editor for Britian's version of Maxim magazine, called "Loaded" discusses his conclusion that pornography is "the most pernicious threat facing children today." I asked the teenagers: 'On a scale of one...