PL Category: Fight for the Heart

Lead like Love Matters

The Biblical Pharisees were a group of religious experts who specialized in strict observation of the Jewish law and tradition. These full-time rule followers were frequently at odds with Jesus. Wanting to trap him, one day they asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” No matter which command He offered up as an answer, they were…

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The Tension between Grace and Discipline

No one would pretend that raising kids is easy. It’s a constant tension between grace and discipline: Grace says: I love you. I see value in you. I will never quit on you. And discipline says: You can’t write on the walls in crayon. You can’t hit your brother on the head with a mixing bowl. You can’t…

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Commander, Coward or Coach?

You’ve probably seen them and maybe even winced a little – parents who relentlessly boss their children around and seem to think the louder the voice, the more authority conveyed. These kids fear moving a muscle out of place in fear of retribution. These parents are afraid of being out of control. Or maybe you’ve…

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Seven Symptoms of Too Much Social Media Use

Blog via Tim Elmore at https://growingleaders.com/blog/seven-symptoms-of-too-much-social-media-use/. According to Common Sense Media, 50% of teens say they are addicted to their cell phone. While CSM concludes more study is needed to determine how deep the digital addiction is, teens feel the symptoms and consequences of it. It’s a growing issue in middle class America. Two-thirds of parents,…

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Sticks and Stones

When caring for our teenagers there are two important realities all of us should keep in mind: Words are Powerful. We have the power with our words either to hurt or heal those in our influence. The most untrue kids rhyme is “Stick and Stones.” You know how it goes; “Sticks and stones may break…

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5 Things that Matter Most

As a parent, I often feel like I have a handful of checklists in my mind I need to follow. I like checklists; they make me feel organized and productive. Of course, parenting is hardly a simple list of tasks. For one, our kids are experts at surprise and instability. What they mostly need from…

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4 Practical Strategies for Managing Screen Time

In my last blog, I gave some broad guides to help you start to better manage your teen’s screen time. Here I want to give four practical suggestions on actually how to do this. Be Involved As a parent you have the ability to shape your teenager’s technology use. Technology use is essentially about behaviour,…

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Managing Teens Screen Time

One of the biggest parenting challenges might just be, “How much screen time should I give my kids?” Parents who weren’t raised in an online world are trying to work out what it means to parent teens who are growing up in digitally saturated world. Rarely a week goes by, when I am not asked…

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Choosing to Fight for Our Teens, Not with Them

There have been seasons in our house where it’s felt more like a battlefield than a home. Tempers flare and pride takes front and center, leaving someone wounded in the end. Our family isn’t perfect. I’m learning that in the heat of the battle, it is better served for us as parents to set aside…

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5 Ways to Parent Beyond Your Capacity By Youth Ministry Staff

Here’s a few things we know will always be true about you as a parent: You will get tired. You will struggle with what you should do in a number of situations. Your kids will not always behave exactly the way you want. You will stay awake sometimes, worrying about them. You will wonder, more…

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