PL Category: Make it Personal

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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Your Personal Best

How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? A recent survey indicated that 89% of all resolutions don’t make it out of January. The end of one year and the beginning of the next provides a wonderful opportunity for reflection and improvement. What went well?  What didn’t?  I love doing this because, like you,…

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Make it Personal

A crucial link exists between your ability to parent and your personal growth. This parenting value—making it personal—is going to challenge you as a parent in a profound way. This one will benefit your kids, for sure. But it’s not directly about them, it’s about you.  In a very real sense, making it personal will…

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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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Knowing When to Stand Strong, Part 2

Thank you for being that kind of parent! Thank you for being willing to show your vulnerability by your willingness to say you’re wrong. Thank you for being courageous in standing by what you say when you know you are right! And, thank you for knowing the difference between the two! The ability to know…

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Training Your Teen to be a Leader, Part 2

You know, when I read about Salome, the mother of James and John, I realized I saw a lot of her in me. I saw some fear, some pride and some determination on her part. But, I also saw a mom who had decided it was up to her to make sure her kids would…

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Training Your Teen to be a Leader

Let me ask you a question: What would you do if you came home from work today and your teen had started the laundry or washed the dishes or even began mowing the lawn without you asking them to do it? Would that just thrill your soul? It’s amazing how one small act of kindness and consideration from…

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How Do We Help Our Teens Manage Money? Part 2

Dear Parent, I just wanted to write you a quick note of encouragement! I know sometimes you might feel that information is thrown at you left and right about how to raise your teenagers, and I want you to know that you are doing a good job! If you receive the Parent Life emails, then you are investing…

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Treasuring the Memories

I know, I know! I can’t believe it either! School is here again and I don’t remember summer even starting! Some parents cheer because order reigns again. Others are sad because they are one year closer to graduation. And then, there are some of you who are completely conflicted in how you feel. You are…

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