3 Things Every Child Needs to Hear

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.”

Colossians 3:21

Many adult problems stem from unresolved childhood trauma.  When I say that, two things happen.  1) Parents rush to defend themselves: “I did the best I could!  My children never wanted for anything!  They had it so much better than other kids!”  2) Adults rush to defend their parents:  “They did the best they could!  We never wanted for anything!  We had it so much better than other kids!”  

Let’s all take a deep breath.   Continue reading 3 Things Every Child Needs to Hear

Parenting Advice from a Scared Father

My oldest son recently became a teenager. A teenager! How on earth am I supposed to know how to raise someone that age? I admit I’m a little scared. And sad. Only a few more years and he’ll be out on his own.

As I reflect on these things, four primary guiding principles come to mind: Continue reading Parenting Advice from a Scared Father

A Legacy of Light

I don’t have small children, but every Sunday I see the struggle of those who do.  The kiddos are squirming, getting up in mom’s lap, then down, then up, then down.  Boredom sets in, the whiny rebellion starts and the parents, red-faced from embarrassment, take them out while they kick and scream.  A mother of a toddler recently told me, “Brian, I haven’t heard one of your sermons in months.”  She was there, but she was so distracted by her child she couldn’t listen.   Continue reading A Legacy of Light