Protecting Children From Negative Experiences

One of the major flaws parents have been making for at least the last thirty years (and perhaps the past fifty) is in trying to protect their children against experiencing any negative emotions, like disappointment. As a result we have had (at least) two generations of adults who are not very well equipped with how … Continue reading Protecting Children From Negative Experiences

You Can Be Successful in the World and Successful with Your Family, Too

It seems like it's axiomatic that if you are successful in your career that it will come at the expense of your family life.  We are frequently told of highly successful individuals who walk away from their career in order to devote more time to their families.  The unspoken message is that it is impossible … Continue reading You Can Be Successful in the World and Successful with Your Family, Too

Some Good Monday News

This morning a young mother rose from her clean, rumpled sheets and walked into her baby's bedroom.  Smiling, she lifted the awakening infant and laid him on the changing table.  She cleaned and bathed her baby, then sat in a rocking chair and nursed him while humming soft lullabyes. What makes this scene so remarkable … Continue reading Some Good Monday News

The Two Most Important Things All Children Need

Number One – To Know They Are Loved.  This forms the basis for a child's sense of self.  They need to be both told and shown they are loved.  You cannot overdo this one. Sometimes men will tell me saying I love you to their child is something they are not comfortable doing.  Usually their … Continue reading The Two Most Important Things All Children Need

Don’t Be Absent When You Are Present

Of the many striking traits of Jesus, one that amazes me is that he never seemed to be in a hurry.  Though he was involved in doing the most important work that has ever been done on earth, he was never in a rush.   It seems that wherever Jesus found himself, he acted like that … Continue reading Don’t Be Absent When You Are Present

Blended Families: “Growing Up” Together (via Docellie’s Blog)

I think everyone will benefit from the ideas in this blog. Everyone is met with the challenges of blended family at some point and at some level in life. Traditional marriage is losing popularity; gay marriage is gaining popularity; more than half of second marriages fail; more than half the families in the United States … Continue reading Blended Families: “Growing Up” Together (via Docellie’s Blog)