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Posted 6/7/16 at 8:27 PM | Trace Embry

Are Parents Effective at Addressing Media Habits

Building relationships, attending church and participating in Bible studies are great time investments toward bringing up healthy kids.

Are You a Blind Parent?

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Too many Christian parents are blindly accepting things as normal that God sees as abominable. These things have become deeply engrained into our culture and therefore accepted.

We have to do a better job of shielding our kids from the pornographic and unholy appetites of this world. It’s not enough just to know Scripture anymore.

A Lack of Discipline in Media Habits

Many parents seem to avoid addressing their kids media habits.

Does your child have a healthy media habit? Are you addressing media habits in your home?

Let’s take the popular music many parents permit their kids to listen to. FULL POST

Posted 6/6/16 at 7:59 PM | Marianne Kurtz

What Is Love?

What is Love?

I have a hard time understanding drama about love…you see it all the time on facebook and other social media outlets.

“My family doesn’t love me because they…” and usually followed up by something that as a parent I can agree with the parent.

Parental love does not include letting a son/daughter who is over 18 live in the house without a job. That is not teaching them anything except it is ok to mooch off of other people. This is not love.

To me, love has always been seeing beyond the here and now to seeing their future. Of course it’s not easy portraying what is called "tough love" but, what exactly will they learn if they are taught that living without working is acceptable.

As parents, we are responsible for our children and raising them to be functioning adults. However, if we don't take on this attitude and knowledge of child training early in life it will be too late and they will have only one way to learn and that's their own trial and error which, may not turn out so great.

Just a little about what I have to say about love when concerning raising our children and life and growth.

Posted 6/3/16 at 8:07 AM | Andrea Laura

Top 7 Budget-Friendly Tips to Make Your Kid’s Clothes Last Long!

Doing anything for the kid is a pleasing experience and buying clothes for them is no exception. It takes sound research and time to purchase perfect clothes for kids. You, as a parent, would definitely not like to spend on the kid’s clothes repeatedly just because the older ones are not lasting long. It is certainly an ordeal to see the expensive clothes being faded or torn out within a short span of time after you have bought it. You will be happy to know that you can increase the life of your kid’s clothes just by following some of the basic tips and guidelines. Moreover, all this can be done without putting a load on the pocket! What are those tips? Scroll down to know…

1. Keep a piece of cloth on your kid’s dress when they are eating: While eating, kids may spoil their dress by dropping edibles on it. Some of the edible items can leave a permanent or hard to remove stain on the dress. To avoid it, you must keep a piece of cloth on the dress so that you can feel free while offering the food to your kid. It is a simple and useful tip that you must follow on everyday basis.

2. Keep rotating the clothes: It sounds basic and in point of fact it is, however, a sensible and helpful advice for making the kid’s clothes last longer. You must keep the clothes rotating the shoes and other apparels so that they are not worn out prematurely or are in constant use. Use a cloth for a time and then give it a break. While rotating the clothes, make certain that you put them in the closet. In case of footwear, give them time to air out. FULL POST

Posted 6/1/16 at 7:31 PM | Diane Castro

Tomboy Grandmas Have More Fun

Sometimes I wonder what would have happened to me if I had been born in the twenty-first century to gender-identity-conscious parents. From as early as I can remember, I wanted to be a boy. Girl stuff was boring. Boys had more fun. I wanted to dress like a boy, wear my hair like a boy, and play boy games. My cousin Carolyn and I (who as toddlers were caught walking on the railing around my aunt and uncle’s second-story balcony) gave each other boys’ names; she was Charlie and I was Duane. I wasn’t into anything domestic; I preferred to climb trees and jump out of them, pretending I could fly. I didn’t want a frilly bed; a sleeping bag on the ground was fine with me. When all the girls in my kindergarten class were taking stupid ballet lessons, I just wanted to be outside sledding with the boys. I didn’t have tea parties or play house with dolls; I pretended to ride a horse on the basement railing, and I played war with sticks for guns. My favorite sport was football, and I played tackle football with the neighborhood boys. For my ninth birthday, my Nana (prim and proper as she was) gave me a football outfit, complete with helmet, jersey, shoulder pads, and padded pants. One year for Christmas all I wanted was boys’ black buckle boots. Under the tree was a box that was a promising size and shape; I remember my annoyance when it turned out to be a dumb old piano lamp. FULL POST

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 5/24/16 at 10:32 AM | Marianne Kurtz

Perfection Is Not Always Perfect!

Think of any looks perfect but it's rarely's done in EXCELLENCE and that, to me, is a state of mind. Doing it to the BEST of your ability, that's what matters in everything.

Let’s Be Honest, We Can’t be EVERYTHING to Our Kids but we can come close. I have always believed in saying you’re sorry when you’re wrong even though you are a parent as well as never being afraid to say “I missed it”. And believe me, I have missed it before.

Recently I had to do that. I taught my kids very well how to guard their hearts from everyone, including family. Not me, we can always be open and honest and but don’t trust others. What a huge mistake, I see that now…well, started re-teaching them how I messed up a few years ago.

I believe that being honest about where I still need work in my life is a way for my sons to see that it’s ok to be human, it really does happen, we are not perfect. 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 5/16/16 at 4:36 PM | Marianne Kurtz

What Is Unconditional Love Anyway?

Is unconditional love, love that doesn’t judge our actions?

Are we supposed to judge each other’s action?

What is the difference between loving a person where they are and telling them the truth in love? If you don’t tell them the truth does that mean you don’t love them?

All of the truth in all of those statements is correct. However, the main thing, in my opinion, that is left out is the actual love.

If you are judging somebody for their actions are you still filled with L-O-V-E for them? I mean the real LOVE. The one that actually still loves the person and will walk with them through a time of change that might be difficult to understand. I don’t mean love the sin or the decision…of course not!

When I went through a hard time, I did some things that I’m not particularly proud of and my long-time friends, that I thought I could trust, abandoned me because I was in sin. But, really just because the sin can be seen on the outside doesn’t mean that sin that can’t be seen. Well, I did my own little search and I did not have to look far to find the answer. 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

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