Miley Cyrus is only the latest example of a very sad trend: pop stars who grew up in solid Christian homes and then, having achieved "stardom," became at least as well known for their transgressions as for their music.
About a week ago I began deleting all photos and videos of my children from the Internet. This is proving to be no easy task. Like many parents, I’ve excitedly shared virtually every step, misstep and milestone that myself and my children have muddled our way through.
Take some time to think through how you and your spouse can regularly, openly, and responsibly repent well before your kids. Believe me, you’ll have more than enough opportunities to do so. Remember, doing so is a grace to them. Indeed, I would argue that sometimes the greatest dents you leave in your kids for their growth in Jesus is not when you do things well but when you’ve done them horribly wrong and repented well.
We still don't know much about 34-year-old Miriam Carey, the woman who drove her car through White House barricades before being shot and killed by police last week. A federal law enforcement official disclosed, "Our working theory is that her mental health was a significant driver in her unexpected presence in D.C." This theory stems from Carey's recent diagnosis of and treatment for postpartum psychosis.
Dear moms, I have heard you are struggling to fight the funk that has found its way to your doorstep, into your home, and has met you lying in your bed paralyzed by the thought of facing the day. I am so sorry that you are feeling this way. All too often, I can relate.
As children return to school this fall and sign up for a new year’s worth of extracurricular activities, parents should keep one question in mind. Whether your kid loves Little League or gymnastics, ask the program organizers this: “Which kids get awards?” If the answer is, “Everybody gets a trophy,” find another program. Awards can be powerful motivators, but nonstop recognition does not inspire children to succeed. Instead, it can cause them to underachieve.
Amy Ziettlow, a scholar with the Institute for American Values, spoke with Vern Bengtson, author of the book, "Family and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down Across Generations," about the cross-generational resiliency of American family faith patterns, the importance of a flexible and loving approach, and the hope available to parents whose children have wandered astray.
Boys are often misunderstood and devalued in our culture. Their energy can be seen as disruptive, their competitiveness as presumptive, their tenacity as arrogance, their resilience as uncaring, and their inquisitiveness as disrespect for authority. But God has created boys according to His good design. As the parent of a son, your sacred duty is to help him grow up to manhood in ways that honor that divine design.
I’m not still trying for a boy. Rather, I am thankful that my husband and I have three daughters. In a world that often does not value girls for who they are and what they can be, I appreciate the chance to tell them a different story.