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What I wish I heard.

+-*By Karianne Langfield Year after year, I sat in a chair in the auditorium and heard the same announcement, “You won’t want to miss next week as we kick off a brand new series on parenting!” More often than not, I sat in that chair and quickly gave myself permission to miss a weekend or two in the next few weeks. You know, if something else came up in my schedule, it was okay to take a pass on church. I mean, I wasn’t even sure I really wanted to be a parent someday. And if I did―it was totally…

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Raising Teenagers

+-*By Joelle Hassler Have you ever heard a sleep-deprived parent of a newborn say, “I wish this baby had come with a manual—I have no idea what I’m doing!”? I’ve heard parents say this a number of times, so imagine my surprise when we took our first child home from the hospital and the nurse…

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Words Matter

+-*By John Alexander Recently, my 3-and-a-half-year-old son, Maddox, said to my pregnant wife, Emily, “How does the baby get inside your belly?” Emily’s response? “Ask your Dad. He’s a pastor and gets questions like that all the time.” “The baby is in there because Mom and Dad love each other so much,” I said. (Not bad on the fly…) No kidding, Maddox then busted out the memory verse he’d been learning in Kid-O-Deo: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…” Probably unrelated, but still, hilarious. Every day, as a parent, I’m faced with…

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The Most Important Thing

+-*By Pete Mades Can I be honest for a moment and admit that parenting an almost-3-year-old is difficult? It seems like every day we struggle with what foods to eat and not eat, what color of tutu and shirt to wear (which never seem to match, by the way). And don’t get me started on trying…

RYB: Matthew 7:1-12

+-*When it comes to disciplining, every child has two primary needs: love and limits. They want to know they are loved no matter what, and yet they need to know there are limits and they can’t get everything they want. The art of parenting and influencing our next generation involves this difficult juggling act. Like Teaching Pastor Jason Strand shared this past weekend, “I’ve heard from lots of grown adults that’ll tell me, ‘I never heard my dad say the words “I love you,” but I knew where the line was and I didn’t dare cross it.’ But many family…

RYB: Proverbs 3:11-12

+-*God is perfect in how he disciplines and corrects, but as human beings prone to making mistakes and sinning, it’s safe to say we don’t always get it right. Whether we lose our temper, give into impatience, or counter a snotty tone with an equally snotty tone, we may not always discipline with perfect love. But when we feel our blood pressure rising and that snarky voice coming out, we should reflect on Teaching Pastor Jason Strand’s checklist of three ways to effective discipline: 1. Take a step back instead of forward. You may want to physically take a step…

RYB: 1 Timothy 3:1-5

+-*Have you ever asked your elementary student to do something multiple times, they don’t do it, and you find yourself barking at them? Or you told your teenager to fill up the car, mow the lawn, take a shower, PLEASE take a shower, but you might as well be talking to an imaginary friend? What about finding out an athlete on your team got mixed up in underage drinking? Or catching your niece in the middle of a lie? Or picking up your son’s phone and realize he’s been texting someone he wasn’t allowed to text? It starts with us.…