Parenting Is Inconvenient

From my journal dated: May 20, 2014 This morning was rushed. The girls slept till 7:50a. School starts at 8a. Sari woke up frustrated that she'd be late to school, but also didn't want to rush...

Dads Need to Wrestle With Their Sons… Everyday

The longer I work with children and then watch them grow up into teenagers and young adults, I believe this to be true about boys: They need to be able to wrestle with their dads. Everyday. They...

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...

Conversations in Technology Consumption

This morning, Pastor Heath and I hosted an hour-long (turned into an hour and a half) conversation regarding wisdom and the use of technology and parenting. It was enlightening for all of us. Some...

Dear Parents: Here’s Some Language You Can Use with Your Children

I just sent this letter to the parents of our Followers students regarding what happened with the story we interacted with this past Monday. Followers is an after-school program that Hayward Wesleyan Church does...

I Can’t! No, You Can!

As a parent, you want the best for your children. You want to see them succeed. You want them to live up to their full potential. You don't want obstacles to get in their...

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...

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...

How to Block Porn on Your iOS Devices

I remember a time that it took work to find a dirty magazine. You either had to know a friend whose father had it, or you had to hope someone left an errant copy...

Outsourcing Our Children’s Spiritual Development?

Yesterday in church, Matt Jones shared about his role as a parent in the lives of his children. Specifically, Matt was alluding to his job (along with his wife, Cara) as the chief source...

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...

To Smack or Not to Smack // A Parental Conundrum

A while back, Doug Fields witnessed a parent "smack their kid when he messed up." This caused him to reflect on how he would have engaged her in a conversation had he had the...