4 Things Your Marriage Needs

Good mentors can mean the difference between success and failure.

When Tammy and I first married, we quickly found that there were at least 4 things your marriage needs. We both knew that we would need outside help to have the marriage that we hoped for. Our birth families were good to and for us, but we wanted our marriage to be more and deeper […]

Discussing Our Bizarre, Baffling Bible

How do we discuss weird Bible stories with our kids?

In this post, we’ll take a look at how to discuss our bizarre, baffling Bible with our kids. In my last post, titled “Our Bizarre, Baffling Bible,” I discussed how strange the Bible can be, and how it is important that we openly discuss those odd things with our children and grandchildren. Here’s the main […]


Our Bizarre, Baffling Bible

“Yes, Virginia, the Bible has some really strange things in it!”

I forget how bizarre and baffling our Bible can be.  I was reared in a church going, Christian home, and I have heard odd stories from the Bible my entire life. From infancy, I have been accustomed to fanciful stories like the Garden of Eden, Jonah’s ride in the belly of a huge fish, even […]

Teach Your Son Guidelines for Approaching Girls

This is a much-needed skill in a man’s life

Parents need to give their sons guidelines for approaching girls. I have heard stories from women and girls about how badly this can go wrong. If the stories are even partially true, many men and boys badly need to be coached about this. A woman once told of her experience in being approached by a […]


Kids, Money and Work

Guiding your children in the choices they make with money and work is HUGE!

For some reason, many parents feel uncomfortable teaching their kids about sex, money and work. (We’ll reserve the “sex talk” topic for another time.) Successful parenting doesn’t just provide food, clothing, and shelter for kids. Parents are also responsible for teaching their kids about how to live their own lives successfully in the real world. […]


6 Things Smart People Notice in the Opposite Sex

Does your son or daughter know what to look for in a potential boy/girl friend? Do they know what kind of person they have to be in order to attract the right kind of attention? Are YOU helping them to avoid future relationship train wrecks? ____________________ There are generally 2 pieces to the “relationship puzzle.” […]


Is Our Behavior Acceptable or Unacceptable?

4 Things That Are Only OK With Those Who Do Them

  Can our children/grandchildren’s actions unknowingly be reducing the number of friends/dates available to them? Are you doing things that automatically reduce your influence and effectiveness as a parent/grandparent among other parents/grandparents? Are we unconsciously repelling good people, causing them to dismiss or ignore us because of things we do? ____________________ Michael Hyatt, an online […]

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5 Things NOT to Post About Kids Online

I’m amazed at the things I've seen parents and grandparents post.

Let’s face it. Some people post unwise and inappropriate things about kids online. Sometimes, it’s about their own kids. Sometimes, it’s about other people’s kids. Sometimes I worry about kids being reared by parents who have such little regard for how wide open and even dangerous a place the Internet can be. Even when “stranger […]


How to Filter Internet Content in Your Home

By Ben Janelle, Information Systems Director

One question I get asked a lot as a K-12 IT worker, is “How do I filter the Internet at home?” Computer savvy kids can find a way around most any block or filter put in place. So I believe it to be more important to educate, monitor, and have open dialogue with kids about […]


7 Womanly Traits That Are Better Than Beauty

Physical beauty fades, but these traits will endure for life

When I was a middle-aged teenager, my 2 primary considerations in who to ask out on a date were: 1) How pretty and well built was she? 2) How jealous would my buddies be if they saw me with her? Pretty pathetic, right? (Yes, it truly was.) After leaving high school, I started noticing a […]