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How do you teach a person to think?

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Dear Laurie, I recently took my 14-year-old stepson out of public school. He’s a mess — he hates school, isn’t learning anything, and doesn’t seem to have a very long attention span. What curriculum can I buy which will teach him how to think? This is a likable young man who does not get into […]

Essential Reading for Every Mom

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Two important books for today’s Mothers, both by the same author — Rachel Macy Stafford. Thirty years ago these books would only have been slightly relevant. Today, in my opinion, they are essential reading for every Mother (and Father). Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting […]

Letters from Lord Chesterfield to his son

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

An uninterrupted life of pleasure is as insipid as contemptible… A surfeited glutton, an emaciated sot, and an enervated rotten whoremaster never enjoy the pleasures to which they devote themselves; they are only so many human sacrifices to false gods… pleasure must not, nay cannot, be the business of a man of sense and character… […]

Please Read This Book

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Excerpts from Your Family God’s Way: Developing & Sustaining Relationships in the Home by Wayne A. Mack Here is a recipe for a communication disaster — four ingredients: 1. Excessive Negative Talk “Some people constantly complain and find fault. They seldom affirm or talk about positive virtues of other people. They rarely acknowledge the good […]

The Tone of Voice

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

It’s not so much what you say As the manner in which you say it; It’s not so much the language you use As the tone in which you convey it; “Come here!” I sharply said, And the child cowered and wept. “Come here”, I said – He looked and smiled And straight to my […]

The Most Important Thing to Prepare for Parenthood

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

I recently came across the Trivium Pursuit materials on the internet, and they have revolutionized my understanding of homeschooling. Although I am not married yet, I have been seeking the best materials regarding raising up children to be holy and godly, as well as academically prepared for Kingdom expansion. Jason S., Utah I’m glad to […]

The narcissist doesn’t care about your pain

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Narcissistic Apologies by Dr. David Orrison “I recently read yet another statement by a well-known Christian leader confessing sin and asking for forgiveness. It was one of those apologies that leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. I would say that it was a narcissistic apology…. Read the rest of this article here […]

What the Bible says about the role of wives and why I disagree with the Pearls

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Can you clarify specifically what counsel and religious views of the Pearls that you disagree with? Emily G. Doug Wilson outlines the theological views of the Pearls. Tim Challies writes about the theological and training issues. This blog post is about submission vs enabling. Typically, when we talk about the role of wives, we quote […]

Communication Time-bomb

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Here is a recipe for a communication disaster — four ingredients: 1. Excessive Negative Talk “Some people constantly complain and find fault. They seldom affirm or talk about positive virtues of other people. They rarely acknowledge the good things happening in the world or in the church or in their family. They are experts at […]

Please don’t wait till the kids have all moved out before you implement these suggestions

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Suggestions on how to treat your adult children. 1. The majority of the time that you are talking with your adult child, you should be doing the listening, not the talking. Real and attentive listening. Respectful listening — not appearing to be listening or thinking about what you need to be doing next or what […]

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