#Parenting

  • 4 Principles for Talking to Your Kids about Sex | Julie Lowe
    As a parent, how comfortable are you talking with your children about sex? Not so much? Why is that? God created sex to bless us—why is it so hard to talk about? For many, it is our own discomfort with the topic. Perhaps you did not grow up in an environment where it was discussed,…
  • An Alternative To Micromanaging Your Children | Julie Lowe
    As parents we often struggle with this reality: the older our kids get, the weightier their decisions become. We also realize there is a great deal of evil in the world that we want to protect our children from. Given these facts, parents are often tempted to micromanage in an effort to prevent poor decisions.…
  • Caring For Families And Developmentally Delayed Children | Darby Strickland
    To care well for a family who has a child with developmental delays, the multitude of the gifts and skills of the body of Christ are needed. Here are practical ways the local church can minister to children with developmental delays and their families, followed by ways that people with specific positions in the church…
  • Communicate With Teens | Tedd Tripp
    Teenagers’ lives are full of complexity. Strong forces compete for their attention. They often feel insecure. They worry about their appearance. They spend a lot of time fixing their hair and clothes. They change their clothes three or four times before going out. They practice in front of the mirror: “Is this my good smile?”…
  • Counseling Angry, Unmotivated, Self-Centered, and Spiritually-Indifferent Teens | Richard M. Horne
    Counseling angry and indifferent young people typically begins with presenting issues. But counseling does not stop there. The youth counselor who tries to identify the teen’s problem for him and then offers his own solutions, even his understanding of biblical solutions, does not have to wait very long— maybe five or ten minutes—to see the…
  • Five Ways to Help Protect Your Kids from Sexual Abuse | Julie Lowe
    There is a growing alertness among parents, educators, and the church about the need to teach kids tangible ways to stay safe. Until children are old enough to keep themselves safe, it is the job of parents and concerned adults to prepare them to navigate difficult situations that may occur when they are away from…
  • For the Moms Stuck Inside | Alasdair Groves
    Call it cabin fever, seasonal affective disorder or just feeling cooped up, caring for young children during the winter is no joke when the walls feel like they are closing in around you. On top of feeling stuck inside with your kids, it takes more effort to bundle kids up and do anything or see…
  • Parenting A Difficult Child | Julie Lowe
    Some of the most burdensome moments for a parent are when it is clear to those around you that your child is defiant or difficult. What are other people thinking? What does this say about me as a parent? They might assume your child’s behavior is a result of inadequate parenting or something else amiss…
  • Parenting Is A Life-Long Mission Of Humbly, Joyfully, And Willingly Giving Mercy | Paul Tripp
    What is mercy? Mercy is tenderheartedness and compassion toward someone in need. Our children are just that — needy. They need guidance and protection, they need help and rescue, they need wisdom and instruction… [Read More]
  • Rebuilding Parental Authority | Julie Lowe
    God places loving authority in the hands of parents. It is a responsibility to lead, oversee, and direct a home in a wise, godly manner. Loving authority is trustworthy; acting on behalf of those it governs and does what is right. It is judicious and benevolent and understands the need to direct, and instruct, and…
  • Recovering from Child Abuse: Help and Healing for Victims (Part 1) | David Powlison
    You have been victimized by a terrible wrong. During your childhood, the time you were most vulnerable, instead of being protected, helped, and comforted you were abused. Most likely you were abused by someone who should have been trustworthy—a family member, a teacher, a neighbor, a coach, a pastor, a friend. Instead of being protected…
  • Recovering from Child Abuse: Help and Healing for Victims (Part 2) | David Powlison
    Recovery gets you back from being destroyed to being okay. But God is after bigger things. He is after your redemption. He has a purpose for you that flows out of your life experience, a high and holy calling. Paul says that God “comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those…
  • Successful Parenting | Ed Welch
    Everyone who has children thinks about the question: How can I be an effective or even successful parent? I have yet to meet a parent who simply wanted to pass children off into the next stage of life with basic physical health in tact but nothing more. (Reminds me of the time I babysat a…
  • Teens and Body Image | Julie Lowe
    As parents, we teach our children not to lie. Perhaps less discussed and more difficult to identify is when your child believes a lie, especially one that consumes their thoughts and actions. In today’s culture, a common lie that many youth buy into concerns body image. They believe they have to be a certain size…
  • What Is “Success” In Parenting Teens? | Paul David Tripp
    Many parents have a simple goal for getting through their child’s teenage years: survival. But this goal focuses simply on getting yourself through a difficult time. In order to get through these years, parents tend to settle for external, behaviorist goals. We try to deal with our kids according the Nike way, “Just do it!” But parents…
  • What Kind of Parent Are You? | Julie Lowe
    Helicopter parenting, lawnmower parenting, free-range parenting, tiger parenting, attachment parenting, baby-led, and serenity parenting—the list of descriptive parenting terms is endless. Or here is one of mine: janitorial parenting—letting your children do whatever they desire and you clean up after their mistakes, allowing them to avoid accountability. We are regularly having new labels and descriptions…
  • What Teens Need from Parents: A Counselor’s Perspective | Leia Joseph
    I’ve spent the last 17 years working as a music teacher and crisis counselor for teens. My students’ struggles include all the usual teen troubles (anxiety, social pressures, conflicts with parents, questions of identity and belonging) and several more serious ones (abuse, self-harm, mental illness, bullying). But, one over-arching theme that greatly helps or hinders…
  • Young Teens and Social Media | Julie Lowe
    Like all of us, teens are made to live in relationship. They are social, interested in peers, and looking for connection in the relationships they build. They are also growing in independence. For many, social media is newly available to them and it is tailor-made made for those who are just entering the social scene.…