Tweens & Teens

Clean House, Clean Heart

So have you done any spring cleaning? Last week we tackled my boys’ room. There are four boys. In. One. Big. Room. Politely put, they are not neat freaks. They…

31 End of Summer Things to do in August

This has been a less than normal summer and many facets of the fall season are up in the air. Summer will be over soon and our kiddos will be…

Why Is Screen Time So Alluring To Kids?

I was waiting in line to buy tickets for a school event.  There was a little boy sitting on a chair, holding an iPad.  Within minutes, a group of five…

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…

Six Tips for Raising Kids Who Will Still Go to Church as Adults

The stats are scary. Seventy to 90 percent of kids who attended an evangelical church will stop attending church by age 18 (here’s an excellent article summarizing a wide range…

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…

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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