Raising Children

Parents, (Lovingly) Require Obedience from Your Children…But Not Because John Piper Told You To (3)

Parents, (Lovingly) Require Obedience from Your Children…But Not Because John Piper Told You To (3)

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Today I’m finishing up my review of John Piper’s article, “Parents, Require Obedience of Your Children.” In my first post I wrote about some ways that I disagreed with Piper, in my second post I shared some ideas about parenting very young children, and in this post I’m finishing up with the ways John Piper and I agree. And then….on…

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Parents (of Little Children), Require Obedience…But Not Because John Piper Told You To (2)

Parents (of Little Children), Require Obedience…But Not Because John Piper Told You To (2)

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So, true story, I wanted to get Jack’s view on this whole “obedience” issue. I decided to interview him and this is that exchange, almost word for word. It was a little convicting, a little funny and pretty insightful. I suspect that Brenn’s interview would have been vastly different, probably with lots of rabbit trails and blank stares. Still. This…

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Parents, Require Obedience from Your Children…But Not Because John Piper Told You To (1)

Parents, Require Obedience from Your Children…But Not Because John Piper Told You To (1)

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A few weeks ago an article began showing up repeatedly on my Facebook feed. The comments that accompanied the article seemed to fall into two camps. There were a number of “amens” along with not a few “this was so great!” And, there were an equal number of comments like, “where’s the grace?” or “why is He so judgmental?” The “he”…

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Parents, Be Honest With Yourself and Apologize.

Parents, Be Honest With Yourself and Apologize.

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Today’s post is written by my good friend, Desiree Talbert. Whenever the two of us Skype together, the topic of parenting usually arises (given that we both have young children who are in the business of giving us gray hair and mini heart attacks). After one such conversation, Desiree shared this devotional with me and gave me permission to put…

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Conversations about the Sex Offender in our Neighborhood

Conversations about the Sex Offender in our Neighborhood

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After moving here, one of the first things that I did was join a Facebook page for military spouses living in Dayton. With over one thousand members living in the area, this page has been an invaluable tool over the last three weeks. Where to find a chiropractor? What’s the best pediatrician’s office that accepts Tricare? Where are some great…

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Offering You a Carrot

Offering You a Carrot

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I was upstairs folding laundry when I heard Paul’s car pull into our driveway. Glancing out the window I saw Brenn barrel across the lawn towards the car, Jack hot on his heels. From down in the entryway I heard a little voice begin to call out, “Papa…PA-pa…PAPA!!!” with an insistence that only a little girl who has been thwarted…

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On Following My Own Advice about Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days.

On Following My Own Advice about Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days.

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I’ve had mornings when I’ve woken up in a foul mood. My dreams were disturbing, my children were up too early, my husband was gone because of military obligations, and I had a headache. I’d start the day hating life. Honestly, I’d sit up in bed, pause and find that nothing good entered my mind. As the morning progressed, life didn’t…

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