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"Hey Dad, when can I get a phone?"

"Hey Dad, when can I get a phone?"

Even if they haven’t brought it up, it's a pretty safe bet to say your son or daughter wants phone, tablet, or computer (or all-of-the-above) for Christmas. Maybe you've been waiting until all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are announced to find the best price, but there are still a few other things we should consider for clicking that "Buy Now" button. There's a lot of great opportunities for your kids online, but there's also a lot of real danger. How will you decide what's best for your child?

Are You Talking To God Through The Grapevine?

Are You Talking To God Through The Grapevine?

Everyone knows. My wife knows. My friends know. Everyone who's anyone has given me their wise advice. Now, as I reach the decision point, I realize I left someone out. I've been so busy talking to other people that it's almost like God's left to find out about it through the grapevine. Have you known you needed to spend time pouring your heart out to God but struggled to actually get on your knees? Here's a few things I've learned in the process to help refocus my prayers.

Getting Mad In The Car Might Not Be So Bad After All

Getting Mad In The Car Might Not Be So Bad After All

You're in the car with my family. You've been driving for who know how long. The mile markers whiz by like tall blades of grass as you stare blankly through the windshield. Your mind. is. blank. **BRAKE LIGHTS** **Stomps on brake pedal** **Swerves to avoid car** Where did they come from?! Didn't they see me?! How could they cut me off like that?! Where did they learn to drive?! 

The kids are a little flustered, but everyone's all right. The mood calms down again. But your patience is about to be tested even more.

"Are we there yet?"

Normally, you might get angry, but it would be better if you got mad. I'm not talking about yelling at your kids, I'm talking about...

The Amazon Prime Prayer

The Amazon Prime Prayer

It's 8:48pm on Saturday night. I've already sunk an hour into this home project before realizing I don't have the right piece to finish the job. All the hardware stores will be closed by the time I get there, so crack open my laptop and find my way to Amazon.com. 30 minutes and 17 reviews later, I found what I need.

Click. Cart. Buy. Done.

Now it's 10:46am on Sunday morning...

Can You Really Make More Quality Time?

Can You Really Make More Quality Time?

Remember seeing a rainbow as a kid and trying to find the end with the pot of gold? Ever since my wife and I had kids, that's what sleep is like - always hoping, never satisfied. We recently added baby number 3 to our family, and sleep has never seemed so necessary yet so unattainable. When my two oldest kids decided to wake up before 6am for the third day in a row, I wasn’t thrilled. However, I sensed God telling me to take advantage of this early morning time. Instead of letting them run wild while I attempted to make a cup of coffee (like usual), all three of us played with Legos for the first fifteen minutes of the day. It was an unexpected joy. I started asking the same questions you do:

1) How do we make more quality time?

2) What about all the other things my kids are involved in? 

3) When can we find more time together?

 

The Soundtrack for Teaching Your Kids About the Bible

The Soundtrack for Teaching Your Kids About the Bible

When you think back to your teenage years, your favorite song or artist underscores most of your best memories. Music has a profound impact on shaping our experiences. As parents, we can use the power of music to inject God's truth into the hearts and minds of our children. Here's a few bands that make music specifically to help your family memorize Scripture. Even though they're songs for kids, they won't drive you crazy!

Discipline With Kindness, Even When You're Angry

Discipline With Kindness, Even When You're Angry

Walking past the window in my three-year-old son’s room, something caught my eye. Along the trim under the windowsill were three deep holes dug into the drywall with a small screwdriver sitting on the wood floor underneath. Calling him upstairs, I sat him on my lap, showed him the holes in the wall, and asked him how they got there. “I don’t know, maybe a woodpecker flew in here and made them.” An obvious lie. My blood was boiling...

Make School Lunches Awesome

Make School Lunches Awesome

Back to school means school lunches, and school lunches can be pretty terrible. I just had a nostalgic conversation the other day about school lunches, but quickly realized that a lot of what I ate for lunch as a kid wasn't real food. Rectangular pizza, "extreme nachos," Cosmic Brownies, and the worst offender: Lunchables. While one convenient lunch every once in a while won't kill you, making a habit of it might. Here's a few tips for making your kids' school lunches tasty, healthy, and awesome.