Paranoid Parenting… (Lukianoff and Haidt)

Have you heard of this book, The Coddling of the American Mind? Although it's not a Christian book, it is one that's helpful in many ways. The subtitle explains it more: "How good intentions and bad ideas are setting up a generation for failure." There's common grace wisdom in this book, such as this old… Continue reading Paranoid Parenting… (Lukianoff and Haidt)

The Cult(ure) of Safety and Overprotecting Our Kids

"Overprotective parents" is a term and concept that many of us have seen or been part of. As parents, we want to protect our kids for sure. We don't want them to get hurt! But sometimes even the best parental intentions lead to the overprotection of kids. This can actually backfire and be more harmful… Continue reading The Cult(ure) of Safety and Overprotecting Our Kids

The Disastrous Work of Spoiling Your Children (Luther)

Christian parents should, of course, lovingly teach their children the truths of the Christian faith. Christian parents should also do their best to model the Christian faith well, by God's grace. We need teach our kids theological truths and truths about morality and ethics - even ethics like working with our hands, being self-sufficient, and… Continue reading The Disastrous Work of Spoiling Your Children (Luther)

Mothers, God’s Voice, and Augustine

Moms have a tough job - and that's an understatement! When I think about the headaches I put my mom through, I still feel badly about it to say the least. Thankfully by God's grace both my mom and I are followers of Jesus and have been as long as I can remember. Speaking of… Continue reading Mothers, God’s Voice, and Augustine

Parents, Children, Smartphones (Turkle)

 Smartphones have helped us communicate and keep in touch better than ever before.  There is upside to this.  I can text my wife and tell her I'll grab a pizza for supper.  She can respond and remind me to get milk.  The list goes on.  There are also downsides to smartphones and keeping in touch.… Continue reading Parents, Children, Smartphones (Turkle)