Anxiety and depression in kids is a real thing. For parents, it is a fearful and confusing issue of life. How do we deal with it and try to understand it?
Having our kids experience serious emotional issues or mental illness represents a “this can’t be happening” moment. Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name for more details.
What makes a good parent? Does the Bible provide us with guidelines that could be applicable even in today’s generation? Watch Rick’s clog then listen to the entire podcast with the same name for practical tips on raising productive, godly kids.
Raising children is different than it used to be. Somehow or other the lines between parents and children have become blurred. Somehow or other the very idea of firm discipline has become associated with beatings and abuse. Somehow or other our children’s feelings have become the foundation for our parental actions and responses. What happened to parents unequivocally “ruling the roost?” Is that now wrong? What happened to parents being authoritative and firm? Is that now wrong? What happened to the clear lines of right and wrong being the solid foundation for parental decision making? Is that now wrong? Have we begun to approach the point where we assign so many rights to children that we as parents are inherently wrong? What do children need and how are we supposed to know what they need and how to give it to them?
For many, one of the most exciting events in life is the birth of a child. Once they are born, we really begin to understand how fragile, innocent and utterly dependent they are. If not completely cared for on a round-the-clock basis, they have little chance in life. As they grow it dawns on us that their physical dependence gives way to emotional and life skills dependence, so we must continue to rise to the challenge of parenting in an ever-changing way. At some point, the plan is for them to stand, think, act and live on their own. This is, or should be the victory of parenthood! Folks, something is really wrong...many of our children are not learning this independence! Where did we go wrong?
Children are people too! Yes they are, but what does that really mean in terms of raising them? After all, they are children, and the object is for them to become adults...real, full fledged, mature, contributory adults! As a parent, is it our responsibility to walk them to that destination or do they instinctively know how to get there on their own? Could it be that parents are just in the way? What does the Bible say? Is the Bible right for our generation? Stay with us!
Here we are, nearing the end of another June. This can mean a number of different things...kids are getting out of school for the summer – some are graduating; basketball and hockey have ended and baseball season is in full swing. Summer is officially beginning (tomorrow as a matter of fact). Yes, June is a pretty pivotal month... did I mention Father’s Day? Today is Father’s Day and in spite of all those other things happening in June, we are going to take this day’s program and focus on fatherhood – its responsibilities, joys, sorrows, pitfalls and victories. What makes a dad? Stay with us and let’s find out!
Today is a day of special significance, for it is the national holiday we know as Mother’s Day. It is a day set aside to honor and respect the hardest working and most under-appreciated member of our family – mom. It is on this day that we give the cards, the chocolates, the balloons, the special meal, the phone calls, the flowers and the pampering to the moms in our lives...funny thing, it is on the other 364 days of the year that they give us all of those kinds of things. Seems like it would warrant a “Mother’s Week” or a “Mother’s Month,” but I digress. Stay with us as we honor the most sacred institution of motherhood, with thoughts, Scriptures and music!
Today is a special day. It is a day set aside to honor the institution of fatherhood. It is a day set aside to let any fathers in your life know how much you appreciate their contributions, their examples and their leadership. It is a day set aside to give us the opportunity to stop taking fatherhood for granted, to pause and consider and to say thank you. Yes, it is a special day and yet, even as we speak, fatherhood continues to become less and less valued in our culture. It continues to take a back seat and it continues to be de-valued as a “necessary” part of our social structure. Stay with us as we look at fatherhood and focus on its value, its contribution and its example. How do we honor fatherhood? Well, stay with us and help!