Teachable Moments

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One of the hardest things to do as parents is t let go and allow our children to learn on their own. When they are young we swoop in to help them, provide for them and take away their hurts if possible. It is healthy though to allow our children in the safety of our […]

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“Bullying”

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  This week I learned a new practical tool for dealing with bullies. I have used it with with my kids and other children I work with. It helps children cope with the verbal abuse that others can put on them. It also teaches children a new way to deal with conflict. As parents we […]

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“Take time to evaluate”

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After a world wind weekend of little league, soccer, and football. I find myself tired and looking at a new week of work. I have started a new discipline which is to take a few moments and reflect upon all that we did and the miles in between and I examine honestly and intentionally, whether or […]

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“Active Parents Grow”

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A week ago we added a German Shepherd puppy to our family. Similar the birth our children, it changed our routines drastically. Our routines were changed as we had to get up a few times throughout the night to take him out, feed him at certain times, and train him on what to do and […]

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“Here comes the Boom”

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A few weeks ago my family and I watched the movie “Here comes the Boom” with Kevin James. One of our favorite parts of the movie is when Kevin James fights his second fight and he lands a knockout punch. Kevin James being a nice guy goes over to shake his opponents hand and throws […]

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"Strong Willed Children Need Confident Parents"

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While on vacation a few years ago I picked up a few readings that sparked my interest.  Throughout the next few publications I will be highlighting points from those readings. The first book was “Answering the 8 Cries of the Spirited Child” by Claudia and David Arp. As I read the title I reflected upon […]

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"Filler UP"

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In this edition of the focus we are going to continue our study of the book, “The five Love Languages of Children”. What are we putting into our children? In some high performance cars you need to put high grade fuel. When you do, the engine will run at top performance. If a low grade […]

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Parenting Focus – “Running on Empty”

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Kim and I have been truly blessed by the book “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. The testimonies of what the Lord has done through the practical tools found in the book gave us good insight into our marriage. In the next few editions of the Focus it is my prayer that the Lord […]

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"THE MAN IN THE MIRROR"

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Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4, NIV) A few days ago as I was praying and the Lord gave me a vision. The vision was of me driving my car and glancing through my rear view mirror. As I looked through […]

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M’m! M’m! Good!

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“Children, do what your parents tell you. This is only right. “Honor your father and mother” is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it, namely, “so you will live well and have a long life.” Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and […]

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