Children

Praying With And Talking To Your Kids

In the early days when my girls were in preschool and kindergarten, endless car rides loomed in front of us. Day after day, we repeated the same routine on the…

Father’s Day Funnies

Here’s a little idea you might find appealing! In general, most men are fond of humor and enjoy a little fun and silliness, so this Father’s Day maybe we should…

Teaching Our Children to Honor Their Father

Father’s Day was approaching, and we had gathered with several families we know well to celebrate the fathers together. We’ve had a longstanding tradition to take a few minutes and go…

Courage: the Backbone of Character

If we were to write a classified ad for a parent, one of the parts of the job description would be character building. It is a non-negotiable for any conscientious…

Fear Came to Live at My House Today

Fear came to live at my house this week. Not irrational fear, but reasonable, understandable fear. My son, like so many children, has a form of asthma. Normally it is…

Grace Received – Grace Offered

I just did everything you are not supposed to do when disciplining a child. I’m too embarrassed to share what I said, did and felt. Suffice it to say, I…

Mother’s Day Idea: Communicate Your Desires

I hope Mother’s Day holds joys and home made treasures for you this Sunday, but if there is a chance you will be disappointed if the celebration isn’t all that…

Ideas For Fun-Challenged Moms

I had a mom come to me and ask, “How can I teach myself to have fun with my children?” Initially I was taken aback by her question, but as…

Don’t Freak Out: How to Respond Wisely to Your Teen and Young Adult’s Choices and Opinions

Dear Dr. Degler, What is up with my 18-year-old child? She’s a good kid overall but she is making choices that upset me, like saying she isn’t sure if the…

Holding My Faith Firmly Instead of My Children

In the past 24 hours I’ve had the opportunity to talk to two of my children – my high school sophomore and my 6th-grader – about their faith. It was…

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