Parenting

Teachable Moments

How can I motivate my teenager to get up, work hard and accomplish great things? I hear parents lament that their teen is only interested in video games, eating and sleeping. When is the time right for that little talk about independent living and self-sufficiency? A teachable moment occurs when your child is as interested…

Character

Waiting Patiently

When will we get to play sports? How long do we have to wear these masks? When can things at school be back to normal? If you are hearing these questions these days, you might have an impatient child on your hands. We all want things to be different than they are right now. We…

Skills

Are You There?

It isn’t unusual to see a parent and child walking down the street together. Just yesterday I watched a young mom walk beside her 4-year-old, not needing to hold hands because the child seemed emotionally tethered enough to stay close. Mom’s feet were actually in the street. She only seemed concerned that her son’s feet…

Parenting

Mitigating Risk

My cousin has always been a great source for random news. She won the prize this morning with a link to Yellowstone National Park’s Facebook page describing a woman who refused treatment after being knocked squarely on her rear by a bison that she foolishly approached. Our National Parks are full of dangers that city…

Character

Honoring Mom

Only a handful of times in 16 years have I chosen to write about something other than mom on this day. There is something compelling about Mother’s Day that demands compliments, memories and something the Bible calls, “honor.”   Honor could take the form of a tribute. Memories are all that some of us have…

Character

After

As we prepare for gradual reopening of restaurants and other business that have been locked down during our recent health crisis, we are using the word after more and more. “After the number of cases decreases,” or “After May ___” we can open, we can do business or we can go out again. “After” looks…

Character | Parenting

Why am I so Angry?

It couldn’t be because you are supposed to work at home AND guide your children through their education at the same time. It’s probably not because you can’t go and actually sit down at that favorite restaurant where you used to enjoy relaxing while you eat something prepared by someone else. But, angry? Like when…

Character

Test So You Will Know

The signal has been given to begin returning back to normal through the gateway called, “the new normal.” Questions continue to swirl around like water in a toilet bowl about how many can and should be tested or whether we can even think of normal until everyone in the known universe both in and out…

Character

Spending Easter at Home

Millions of Christians are spending this Easter at home. Only a few days ago the reaction to the idea of spending Easter at home would have been disbelief. As the reality began to sink in, so did the sinking feeling in the hearts of worshippers who were looking forward to breaking the quarantine with a…