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Posted 5/31/16 at 8:06 PM | Trace Embry

1 Answer to Creating a United Culture

Today, there are as many parenting approaches as there are belief systems.

Parents are feeling hopeless and helpless. This is creating a culture that is divided.

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Pop psychology has many approaches—influencing not just secular parenting experts, but Christian ones as well. Yet often times they contradict Scripture and its principles.

Psalm 86:11 says, “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your Name.”

Do we as parents fear violating popular views more than God’s view?

Creating A United Culture

As you interact with other parents who have kids in the same age group as yours, discuss strategies that help both of your family’s kids build and promote a biblical worldview. FULL POST

Posted 5/24/16 at 11:53 AM | Trace Embry

The Secret to Your Daughter’s Success – Become a Good Spouse

Today’s culture excels at objectifying young women.

How can you help your daughter succeed? Become a good spouse to your mate.

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Dad’s, have you hugged your little girl today? Have you hugged your teenage girl?

There’s a natural yearning in every female, no matter the age, to want the approval and adoration of her Daddy.

Dad, you’re the first male to ever kiss your daughter—to hug her, and squeeze her, and tell her how much you love her. It’s nearly impossible to give her too much affection. And she’ll never be too old for it.

The more you appropriately hug and kiss your daughter, the less likely she’ll crave inappropriate affection from another source.

Become a Good Spouse

Dad must do more than show affection, but should also set a practical example of how to properly treat a woman. There is no better way to display this than to become a good spouse to your wife. FULL POST

Posted 5/17/16 at 9:52 PM | Trace Embry

1 Example of Being Firm and Compassionate at the Same Time

Parents: did you know you can be firm and compassionate at the same time?

In a time where kids are surrounded by more temptation than before, exercising compassion is a must. This does not mean a standards change.

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Standards are found in Scripture. When our kids are caught in a sin, it’s important to exercise firm discipline.
However, do this in such a way that communicates you are not acting out of complete disgust with them or disbelief in them.
Your teen needs to sense your compassion and love for them.

Practical Application
Statistics show that our kids are getting an incredible amount of sexual messages and images on TV alone—and from the very programs and advertisements we watch with them.
Not to mention the messages they get through other forms of digital technology. Folks, listen to me closely, a smartphone is an adult toy! FULL POST

Posted 5/10/16 at 7:25 PM | Trace Embry

Why Now is the Time to Create a Safe Environment

The 21st century has produced opportunities for kids to be entertained around the clock.

Christian parents need to set firm boundaries to create a safe environment.

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Science is confirming that much of our kids’ behavioral problems could actually stem from a glut of digital stimuli. Many unsuspecting parents are grateful that Junior isn’t out causing trouble.

Yet, these same parents are missing the brain damage taking place.

Monitoring and limiting digital technology is a must. However, in today’s culture this may be more of a sacrifice on your part.

How to be Confident After you Create Safe Environment

To create a safe environment you will need to set boundaries to prevent media from causing harm to your family.

This means you need to make decisions that most of today’s culture won’t understand. FULL POST

Posted 5/3/16 at 7:55 PM | Trace Embry

2 Ways to Proactively Address Media Addictions in Your Home

Parents should proactively address media addictions within their home.

We must be alert and discerning to recognize idolatrous behavior in regards to media. But where do we start?

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Media addictions in our youth are not derived only by the content, but by how often we allow them to be entertained.

Long before the digital age – A.W. Tozer said “I believe that entertainment and amusements are the work of the enemy to keep dying men from knowing they’re dying and to keep enemies of God from remembering they’re enemies.”

Constant amusement can simply numb us through life.

You can proactively address media addictions, as well as keep your teen aware and alert, by putting appropriate time limits on media interactions. FULL POST

Posted 4/26/16 at 7:55 PM | Trace Embry

2 Unique Ways to Position Your Teen for Success

How can you position your teen for success?

You may be surprised at the many unique ways you can position your teen for success.

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Help Your Teen Find His Gift in the Trades

There used to be a day when something would break in your home and your dad could fix it.

And if dad couldn’t fix it, then the neighbor could.

Today, however, it’s easier to buy something new or hire a repairman.

Fixing things together with your teen is actually a tool for building relationships and teachable moments.

Parents, while your child is still young help him discover his interests and talents.

It just may be that honing a trade may position your teen for success instead of four years of college. Especially in today’s computer age there are tremendous opportunities for success and personal satisfaction in the trades. FULL POST

Posted 4/19/16 at 7:54 PM | Trace Embry

How to Address the Problem of Self Injurious Behavior

The problem of self-injurious behavior in the lives of our teens is a tough topic to discuss.

Millions claim cutting themselves relieves their pain.

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What pain? It’s the pain that comes from the chaos and insecurity of a life without boundaries and no one to enforce them.

In general, kids who cut on themselves are most often those who’ve been exposed to, and engaged in, excessive sinful activity without intervention.

My theory is that today’s teenagers who struggle with cutting themselves are trying to, without being cognitively aware of it, atone for their own sin. All they know is that their own shed blood makes things feel better.

Teenage cutting and self-injurious behavior is an epidemic today!

This ought to tell us that something is radically wrong with our entire culture.

If cutting is an issue with your child, seek help! Without being accusatory, assure your child that Jesus Christ has already shed His blood for the sins of the whole world–including all of theirs. FULL POST

Posted 4/11/16 at 7:08 PM | Trace Embry

Sacrifices You Make to Provide a Secure Environment

Parents need to make sacrifices in order to provide a secure environment for their teen.

Discipline is Key

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Unfortunately, many parents fail to properly discipline their children for selfish reasons.
They often fear breaking fellowship with their children. Believe it or not, our children sense this and play it to their carnal advantage.

We need to understand that any break of fellowship because of discipline is only temporary.

As parents, it may be necessary to be willing to sacrifice fellowship in the short-term. In the long-term, this will ultimately bring joy and peace to the whole family.

Establish Boundaries that Seem Odd

Many parenting experts hale the virtues of allowing our kids certain liberties in order to acquaint them with life’s temptations. FULL POST

Posted 4/5/16 at 7:37 PM | Trace Embry

Why Now is the Time to Create a Safe Environment

The 21st century has produced opportunities for kids to be entertained around the clock.

Christian parents need to set firm boundaries to create a safe environment.

Science is confirming that much of our kids’ behavioral problems could actually stem from a glut of digital stimuli. Many unsuspecting parents are grateful that Junior isn’t out causing trouble.
Yet, these same parents are missing the brain damage taking place.

Monitoring and limiting digital technology is a must. However, in today’s culture this may be more of a sacrifice on your part.

How to be Confident After you Create Safe Environment
To create a safe environment you will need to set boundaries to prevent media from causing harm to your family.

This means you need to make decisions that most of today’s culture won’t understand. FULL POST

Posted 3/29/16 at 8:06 PM | Trace Embry

2 Ways to Proactively Address Media Addictions in Your Home

Parents should proactively address media addictions within their home.

We must be alert and discerning to recognize idolatrous behavior in regards to media. But where do we start?

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Monitor Use
Media addictions are not derived only by the content, but by how often we allow them to be entertained.

Long before the digital age – A.W. Tozer said “I believe that entertainment and amusements are the work of the enemy to keep dying men from knowing they’re dying and to keep enemies of God from remembering they’re enemies.”

Constant amusement can simply numb us through life.
You can proactively address media addictions, as well as keep your teen aware and alert, by putting appropriate time limits on media interactions.

Examine Your Media Habits
There is nothing more frustrating than confronting a teenager with all the facts, evidence and logic to prove your case; only to have it debunked with illogic, emotion, and relativism. FULL POST

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