How to Provoke Your Children to Anger in Three Easy Lessons

We live in a culture that sends parents multiple, conflicting messages about their children.  On the one hand, children are to be the center of our universe—given all they desire, and praised to the hilt (in order to prevent low self-esteem, of course).  They are to be protected from all sorts of suffering, doted upon,…

Letting Children Choose…their Sexuality?

A new YouTube video featuring a California father’s response to his son’s choice of doll has gone viral, with millions of views to date.  If one is to believe the comments attached to this self-promoting clip, this man is in line for the next Father-of-the-Century award.  What does he say to his son that is…

Help! There are Pharisees in my Youth Group!

Last month, I dealt with the temptation to pull our children out of youth group due to the influence of non-Christian peers [Help! There are Pagans in my Youth Group!].  Thankfully, in a Biblically sound youth ministry, there are also many of our covenant children, growing in grace as young Christians.  These young people are tasked…

I want my child to be an Ordinary Christian!

[Note: You will want to read my last post on “Ordinary Children’s Ministry” here to give these next thoughts some essential context.]  As a parent, my deepest desire is to see my eight children become Christians–and more than that, ORDINARY Christians.  Yes, this goes against the grain of what my sinful heart would rather see in them–academic, athletic, and…

It’s Just Too Expensive to Have Kids

According to a recent U.S. government report, the average cost of raising a child born in 2012 to age 18 is now $241,080 ($301,970 if you adjust for inflation).  And believe it or not, this projection doesn’t include money for college!  This is a 2.6% increase from the previous year.  The study also showed that…

Mothers: Don’t Forsake Teaching Your Children

“My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.” (Proverbs 6:20) Here’s an impossible task for Mother’s Day: List all the things you have ever learned from your mother (in chronological order, of course).  That would be one huge Mother’s Day Card!  From the moment a child is born, there is a…