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7 Things a Son Needs from His Father

As a boy grows up, there are many people who will influence, impact, and inspire him. But, as his father, you want to be the main voice he hears. You are, and should be, his most important role model for life. So as your son grows and matures into a young man, be sure that you give him what he needs. First, he needs you to be present—in the little moments and in the big moments. Second, he needs you to affirm him...
Dec 07, 2018 / Fatherhood

Warrior or Wimp: How Not to Raise a Mama's Boy

Everyone knows that moms have unique relationships with their sons. They want to protect their sons, nurture their sons, and rescue their sons in any and every situation. But sometimes, this leads them to raise a mama’s boy. So how can you build up your son to be a warrior, not a wimp? First, understand that warriors are not couch potatoes. Your son is designed for activity, adventure and boldness. Second,...
Dec 05, 2018 / Motherhood

How to Motivate Your Child

Most kids have to be told more than once to do things. They have to be constantly reminded over and over to clean their room, be nice to their siblings, or finish their homework.  After all of this, it’s no wonder parents are exhausted!  This problem that all parents face is the problem of motivating their children. But with the help of Dr. Scott Turansky, this problem can be solved. So to motivate our kids, Dr....
Dec 04, 2018 / General

Coaching Your Kids...the Wrong Way

If you’ve spent any time on the field with your children, you know it’s sometimes tough to figure out when to be coach and when to be parent. Well, here’s an idea…let the coach be the person to push them and you, the parent, be the person to praise them. The car ride home from practice or games should not be a time to nitpick at their performance; it should be a sanctuary of praise filled with accolades to your...
Nov 30, 2018 / Life Stage: Grade-schoolers

Talking to Your Teenager About Tough Topics

There are a lot of difficult topics that parents and teens have to navigate through together. Talking about alcohol, drugs, pornography, premarital sex, and many other issues can be very uncomfortable for you and your teen. So, what should a parent do? First, share with them right up front that you realize this is difficult to talk about but it’s too important to ignore. Second, let them know that you love them no...
Nov 29, 2018 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

Our Crazy Adoption Story, Part 2

My wife, Susan and I were already blessed with three children. But then, 10 years ago, our hearts were moved to adopt. We were given the opportunity to adopt two older children, ages 12 and 9. So we flew several thousand miles into a remote area of Siberia, Russia. Once there, we went to a little orphanage and found two children who needed a mom and dad to love and care for them. Susan and I got to be that mom and...
Nov 26, 2018 / General

Your Daughter and the Reality of Teenage Sex

As our little girls grow into young ladies, one of our biggest concerns becomes the boys in their lives. As parents, we know the danger of a fragile heart in the hands of an immature boy. But unless we understand the issues, our girls will probably remain blind to the emotional and physical consequences that come with being physically intimate. So here are some key factors to be aware of that may increase your...
Nov 21, 2018 / General

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