Family

My response is my responsibility

My response is my responsibility Last month my wife and I finished “Love and Respect,” a married couples study, for the second time. Not that we didn’t get it the first time but it was so good that we wanted a refresher course. I think everyone has a need for refresher courses. Our daily routine can get so busy we can forget the basics of how to live every area of our life according to how God wants us to. I know I have taken several studies a second time over the last 12 years, and I will probably do […]

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for better or worse

“Why are we washing dishes again dad?” my young son asked me. “We always wash, Dad. Should mom be doing this?” It was a natural question coming from a child who believed we had gone past our responsibility of service. Why are we still serving? Thankfully, he stopped just short of saying, “Mom should be doing this!” A child growing up in our culture today has no way of knowing what the marriage relationship is all about. We have come to believe that marriage is something you “get.” You get another salary, another person to do the chores and you […]

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families are losing touch in cyberspace

As social interaction changes from verbal conversations to texted acronyms or 140-character bites, parents and adolescents find themselves in a generational gap, widening a chasm of non-communication within families, says Dr. Jimmy Myers, owner and director of the Timothy Center in Austin, Texas, and author of “Toe to Toe with Your Teens.” The Nielsen Company reports teens send an average of 80 texts per day, or 2,272 a month. Inside Facebook reported 5.4 million users between the ages of 13 and 17 were using Facebook in February. According to Myers, parenting and adolescent issues associated with the emergence of technology […]

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Three Ts that invaded the family

There was a time when a father could build a moat around his family to protect them. If he had the resources, Dad could build a trench around his castle and keep invaders out. However, in the past 50 years, that moat has been breached. The problem is, as dads, we don’t realize the magnitude of the invasion. In fact, we have invited the invaders in. There are three dynamic modes of attack that have taken place to the peril of the American family. These invaders are not bad in and of themselves, as long as they are kept in […]

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Ways To Teach Children About Money

Parents are the best example our children will have of how to make money, manage it wisely and use it to fulfill God’s purposes. They watch us very closely and more often will “do as we do” rather than “do as we say.” We should openly discuss the family finances in their presence. We must acknowledge God’s ownership of everything we have, from salary to possessions to talents and gifts. Our children should see us tithing and giving as well as praying for God’s provision for the family’s needs. And we must not forget to praise God when prayers are […]

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How do I prepare my children for the financial responsibilities of COLLEGE?

It’s a time-honored tradition that is a dream come true – and a potential nightmare. How do parents enthusiastically prepare their children for college and their first taste of independence, while also warning them about the pitfalls that can lead to financial disaster? Students who get an early handle on their income and spending can avoid the stress of being unable to pay off bills and having to work more and more hours to meet financial obligations. While they may have what seems like a large amount of money from student loans, financial aid, hard-earned savings and financial support from […]

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