Guardrails Are Only as Good as The Road

Starting this Thursday, I am excited to pass on Jonathan McKee's series on "Guardrails." Jonathan McKee is the president of The Source for Parents and is the author of numerous books including the new Candid Confessions of an Imperfect Parent, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the …

Dirty Windows or Blurred Vision?

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? —Matthew 7:3I recently read a story about a business owner who constantly complained about the dirty windows of his competitor’s store, directly across the street from his own. Perhaps it was …

4 principles for raising your kids… while doing ministry

This week's guest blog post is from Doug Fields. I for one am very skeptical on the viewed "perception" of PK's (Pastor's Kids) and what is being portrayed on Lifetime's show, Preacher's Daughters. Since Kerry and I have lived the life thus far with two daughters who are PK's, I am cautious and deliberate on being active in raising our daughters. Doug's blog hits …

Daylight Savings Torture … I Mean, Time

With the “delightful” Spring forward that occurred this weekend, I thought this post was worth re-sharing!I’ve certainly heard it and thought it a million times: “Time changes were created by someone who doesn't have children.”Trying to get children adjusted to a suddenly adjusted schedule can be daunting at best and torturous at worst. No one …

10 Things I Hope Sam and Baylee Have Learned From Our Marriage

Just recently, Kerry and I were asked  if we intentionally taught the girls about marriage. The answer is yes… and, no. Yes, there are times when we've talked specifically about marriage (either ours or ones that our kids have observed). But, for the most part, Kerry and I have been wise enough to know that our kids are …

Dumb Things Kids Do with Smart Phones

The term smart phone refers to the gadget—not necessarily the user! Here is an interview with Detective Rich Wistocki, a veteran police investigator and parent educator, about problematic preteen phone habits.JS: What should parents do before they give their preteens a smart phone?Wistocki: Understand one thing: Apple handheld devices cannot be monitored. Only Android phones can be …