January 18, 2017

Parent each child differently, says “Raising an Original”

author Julie Lyles Carr​

When mom Julie Lyles Carr drives up in her 15-passenger van and her family of 10 rolls out, people assume that she must have figured out the secret of parenting, and that that secret must...

January 13, 2017


One dad’s parenting resolutions for 2017, using baby steps

It’s the season where many of us make resolutions to guide our efforts in the coming year. As a parent and a middle school teacher, I’ve been doing this as well.

Most of what I want to accomplish as a father com...

December 30, 2016

The Hyper-Examined Life Is Not Worth Living in 2017

As we approach the end of 2016 and the beginning of the new year, many of us will reflect, even if briefly, on our lives and loved ones in the past year. For some, that will mean reliving warm and cherished moments, an...

December 7, 2016

Six Ways to Love a Wayward Child

Daily he stood outside his door, searching the horizon for the lone figure of his son. Only to be disappointed. Heartbroken. Not today, it seemed. Not today. But someday, he might return.

Until then, this forlorn father would wait. And wa...

November 30, 2016

Parents, You Can’t Build Heaven Here

Have you received the annual Christmas letter from The Perfect Family? You know, the one with the kids who captain the lacrosse team, jump horses, make the dean’s list, play violin, serve at the homeless shelter, and learn Greek and...

November 16, 2016

The surprising way teens talk about the parents

they seem to ignore

When he was young, my son once asked me to end a phone call so that we could discuss what to do if a Tyrannosaurus rex walked up the street. I told him that we would go to the roof, which is too high for...

November 9, 2016

3 Ways You Might Be Teaching Your Kids the Prosperity Gospel

The prosperity gospel has rightly been called a theological perversion, a false gospel, America’s most poisonous export to the world. It is glamorous, glitzy, seductive, and anathema to every faithful follower...

November 4, 2016

The Art of Modeling Good Citizenship to Kids

Mom, Dad said he’s voting for ___. What about you?” If you haven’t been faced with that question yet—or a close variation thereof—just wait. Even elementary school students know there’s an election coming. The constant media...

October 26, 2016

Fall-Apart Moments

Parenting inevitably leaves us discouraged, empty, and grasping . . . but maybe that's a good thing.

It had been a great morning . . . right up until five minutes before the school bus arrived. That was when things completely fell apart. One daughter s...

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