Category Archives: Family Life

Television and our Kids

A few years ago I had the opportunity to hear a young, successful woman talk to a group made up primarily of high school aged single mothers. The speaker believes that part of her success is due to the fact that she did not spend hours in front of the television.

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Spiritual Doubts

Since our youngest was about 2 and a half (he just turned 3), he has been asking us great theological questions. I expected to have a lot of great conversations about our faith as our kids grew up, but I was surprised when the first of these “deep” questions came from our two year old!

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Passing on Values

I remember reading about a research project that studied moms, both in the United States and in Japan, and their desires for their children. The researchers determined that American moms, by and large, wanted their children to be happy. Japanese moms, by and large, wanted their children to be successful.

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Kids and Dirt

There is one anecdote from my training to be a camp counselor that I remember well:
If you are walking in the woods and you see a mud puddle, resist the urge to tell the kids to walk around it.

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Work

A couple weeks ago, Grandma bought gingerbread houses for all the grandkids to decorate on a Sunday afternoon. This was a great activity that our one-year-old Ryan loved and our 14-year-old nephew Josh seemed to equally enjoy.

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A Surprisingly Encouraging Conversation

I have a friend who I have always respected a great deal. He is full of creativity and energy, a great communicator and public speaker. However, one time we were having a conversation and he shared simply that he had really come to understand that life is hard…

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Waving at the Window

When I leave for work in the morning, my kids all line up at the window and wave goodbye.

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Dating your Spouse

Two weeks after I graduated from college, I attended the wedding of one of my best friends. She became my window into the world of married couples.

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Letting Go

My professor at Calvin Seminary said one time, “You spend the first two years of a child’s life holding them tightly; you spend the next 16 years letting them go.” Our goal as parents is to move children from a place of complete dependance to a place of independence. It starts when they are very […]

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Family Stories

My children are young and love to hear stories. As educated parents who are trying to raise academic-minded children, we value books and reading to our children. We regularly take our children to the library to get books to complement the shelves full of books we have at home. However, our kids consistently ask for […]

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