Archive for March 2014
One Of The Biggest Lies We Believe!
It’s one of the biggest lies we believe as husbands, wives, and parents. I’ve believed it, you’ve believed it, and chances are, because life claws at us deeply at times, we’ll believe it again!
Stop Comparing Yourself!
Stop it! Just stop it! I’m serious…knock it off! Stop comparing yourself to other moms, other dads, other families, other lives! It’s not doing you any good. Know why I know? Because I used to do this…. a lot!
Translating Eye-Rolls And Decoding ‘I Hate You’s!’
Yesterday I posted this on my Twitter–
“I hate my life!” -signature words spoken by my 13-year. Annndddd… We’re doing the right thing as parents!
4 Reasons Why Every Parent Should Be A Fan Of Boundaries
I have always been a fan of setting clear and well-defined boundaries for children. I believed this even before I became a parent. But now that I am one, the fan-ship has grown exponentially. Sadly, I’ve met a lot of parents who feel the opposite. The reward you gain from setting boundaries goes beyond comprehension but it takes a long time, and a lot of consistency, before you receive it.
When Everything Falls Apart!
Let’s face it- life is extremely hard. The days filled with light and promise are sometimes few and far between. We understand this reality because we’ve experienced it first-hand in our family. But we’re also learning a valuable lesson about hope and the power of community!
The Biggest Fears Of Husbands And Fathers.
As a father and husband, I have fears. At times, it seems as though the fear I wrestle with is crippling. I fear failing my children. I fear failing my wife. I fear my weaknesses being exposed. But I’ve discovered something along the way, as I wrestle with this ongoing battle: Admitting the fears I have, and facing them head on, brings about the strength I need to make it through each day.
How Do You Successfully Foster Teenagers?
Over the past decade we have welcomed a handful of pre-teens and teenagers into our home through foster care. As you can imagine, we’ve learned a few things a long the way. Fostering teenagers is one of the most misunderstood areas of foster parenting. Hopefully this post clears up some of the misunderstandings.
Seize Every Opportunity!
One of the biggest lessons I’m learning, as my children grow older, is to seize every opportunity I’m given to speak love and truth into their young lives. It’s not easy, and I fail often. But, man oh man is it worth it.
When You Fail…
And you WILL, there are a few things you must do to move forward, not backward. How do I know? I am still learning to do them everyday when it comes to life, family, parenting, and marriage!