Category Archives: spiritual formation

5 Reasons Families Need To Give Thanks

Life gets tough.  And busy.  And distracting.  And even discouraging.  Right?  While it may take many different forms from family to family, I love that our country continues to recognize a holiday that is all about giving thanks.  Whether as … Continue reading

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Family Inspiration

As parents, we should aim to inspire our kids whenever we can.  It isn’t easy.  It takes purposeful effort.  It takes seizing the right moments.  It often takes discipline.  But our kids, from infants to teens, need our inspiration.  And … Continue reading

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Today

Ever see the movie, Groundhog Day? It is a rather insightful story based on a very farfetched premise.  Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is a local weatherman who is utterly miserable and discontented with his life.  He basically thinks his job … Continue reading

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Let’s Stop the Shootings!

(Photos and collage compliments of Sandra “Sam” Morris, who embodied the spirit of this post as well as anyone I know, and who created this very photo collage as a loving welcome gift to me for my first office in … Continue reading

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Giving

What is your favorite part of the Christmas season?  I know there are significant elements of the holiday season that are irritating or even downright painful for some.  But for many of us, there are so many special layers to … Continue reading

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Six “Grades” That Are More Important Than English

In my last post, I shared some ideas for helping make homework time a more peaceful and successful part of your family life.  In reflecting upon the importance of academic success for our teens, it occurs to me that there … Continue reading

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6 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make With Teens & Tech

One of the most fundamental changes in parenting teens in our times is the lightning speed with which new technologies are embraced into and throughout their world.  We are still working on how to handle emerging digital technologies and the … Continue reading

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7 Rules for Early Adolescent Digital Devices

      My family has officially reached that time where we have made the decision for our young adolescent son to have his own smartphone (after having his own tablet for gaming/YouTube only for a year or two).  For … Continue reading

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Six Great Parenting Opportunities of Pokemon GO

    I’m not sure there has yet been an app that has so immediately caused such a cultural impact as Pokemon GO.  If you haven’t heard of it yet, you probably think I’m kidding or exaggerating.  I’m not.  This … Continue reading

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How do I teach my teen to make a difference in this world? Here are six ways:

I have recently re-engaged the Facebook world, after taking a few years away from it.  (Today is not the day to explain that sentence, but perhaps I will do so soon.)  At the time of this writing, it seems my … Continue reading

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