New Talking Points for the “Talk”

Joe Keller

Joe Keller

I have realized the talk with my eldest son is not the same talk that I will be having with my youngest son. The truth has not changed, but the world they live in has. As many of you know, transgenderism has become a part of our national dialog and is moving directly into the educational curriculum in America. The conversation on the playgrounds and in our neighborhoods about the birds and the bees is changing. How should we as parents respond? Continue reading

Must We Argue Again?

“Must we argue again?” Many women say they don’t want to keep arguing with their spouse or child. Yet they continue arguing! So must you argue? The answer: no. But it almost seems the mouth goes on auto-pilot. Yet God’s Word is clear that the words of our mouth really come from the heart (Luke 6:45). When…

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Why I Wrote How Not to Raise an Addict

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Focus Publishing produced my booklet, How Not to Raise an Addict, to help parents to raise children that love God. Obviously, parents are not in control of their children’s hearts or their children’s decisions to follow Christ, but they can learn parenting skills that instill a humble, Christ-like mindset rather than an addicted one. Continue reading

Four Helpful Words for Parents

Eliza Jane Huie

Eliza Jane Huie

Cassey and Jack were in the thick of parenting. With two kids in middle school and one in high school their lives lived and breathed their kid’s schedule. Juggling sports, drama, and 4H club meetings, both Cassey and Jack adjusted their life to accommodate their kids’ involvements. There’s was a back yard dotted with soccer balls and inside the home 4H projects were doubling as décor in a way that only parents understand. Maybe this describes a scene familiar to you.

In the midst of raising very busy kids, Cassey and Jack found themselves facing new struggles in parenting. Continue reading

Emancipation and Teenagers

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

A 15-year-old counselee (“Jen”) informed me that she had no intention of cooperating with counseling unless I would help her to emancipate. I did not agree with her ultimatum, nor did I agree that she should pursue emancipation, but I did agree to research the ins and outs of emancipation. This was not the first teen I have counseled who has mentioned wishing they could emancipate, but this was the first one who was completely serious about it. I needed to educate myself, and so the two of us sat side by side at the computer and looked up the California legal requirements to emancipate. Continue reading

Counseling Parents about Smart Rules for Smartphones (And All Social Media)

Garrett Higbee

Garrett Higbee

Smartphones are everywhere and it is common to see very young kids playing on a tablet or to see older kids texting at every intersection. As counselors or parents, how do we navigate the inevitable conversations, develop reasonable rules, and lay down age-appropriate guidelines regarding smartphones? I hope to lay out some ways you can help those you counsel be smart about smartphones and other social media.  Continue reading