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 […]

5 Surprising Things about Teenagers

These things might change the way you act as a parent.

There are some surprising things about teenagers. Teens have a lot going on inside that they – Haven’t identified Are afraid to say Don’t know how to tell you These things can remain inside, alone and unattended. And, they often are the driving motivators behind some of their decisions and actions. What if parents knew […]


4 Ways to Help Your Kids’ Dad to Be a Better Dad

Do you help your kids’ dad to be a better dad? Or do you unintentionally (or intentionally???) leave him out of the equation? Lots of research shows how vitally important a father’s role is in the life of children. Kids with strong, engaged fathers are helped socially, emotionally, academically, physically and more. By helping your […]


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 […]


How to Have More Meaningful Holiday Conversations

Improve the Time Together with Thoughtful Questions

Having meaningful holiday conversations can be one of the more stressful things about holiday gatherings. Whether the event is an office party, a neighborhood celebration, or a family meal, for many, the crucial question is, “What do we talk about?” Years ago, I made a commitment to myself that I would be a person who […]


Increasing Our Endurance

3 basic ways to give members of your family a backbone and staying power

Increasing our endurance is a key to having a long, productive life. The ability to make yourself do what you DON’T want to do (and to do it well) is vitally important. Without grit, fortitude and determination, success in the major endeavors of life can be overwhelmingly tough to obtain. In my early 20’s, I […]


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. […]


7 Things Successful Parents Do

It’s good occasionally to re-think about our parental roles

Studying the actions of successful parents is very badly needed, while at the same time, often ignored and taken for granted. Some people are confident that they will be good parents if they simply “do what comes naturally.” Others fear that their best will never be good enough. It’s my view that being a father […]


Things to Consider When Postponing Having Children

No matter what age you have a child, there are advantages and disadvantages

Many women today are postponing having children until later in life. They are either ignoring the ticking of their “Biological Clocks,” or they are counting on medical technology to “solve” the issue and associated problems for them. According to doctors and researchers, there isn’t one “right” time to start a family. No matter what age […]