Everyone likes a “good job” stamp, but there seems to be evidence that a gold sticker for the sake of making a child feel good, may not accomplish the intended goal. A recent study conducted by Ohio State University has concluded that inflated praise of children with low self-esteem may actually make the self-esteem … Continue reading Praise Him?
Our society is a paradox. In a time in which the majority pays good money to look young, our culture works hard creating a feeling of inferiority in those who are actually young. And while those who work with young men bemoan the loss of strong male role models, many columnists are recognizing the fact … Continue reading How to Emasculate Young Men
The parent with “issues” is sometimes easy to see: the mom who still wears skinny jeans, the dad that cusses out the umpire. But the sin of loading our own baggage into our children’s luggage compartments is often more subtle. It influences everything from the way we prioritize discipline to the way we choose conflict … Continue reading Ubi Pus Ibi Evacua
If you are not an evangelical Christian, you should probably skip this blog post. When I counsel unbelievers, there are many things they can learn from Scriptures without accepting all the pillars of the faith. However, the ideas I’m about to discuss are so steeped in Christian perspective that they may not make sense unless … Continue reading It’s About Me
The internet is a funny but scary thing. All of us can jump online and in the space of a few paragraphs establish ourselves as experts. The easiest subjects about which to do that is parenting and education. After all, we all have had parents, and most of us have been to school. Our individual … Continue reading Why Antiques are Beautiful
Before we go much further in this blog-writing thing, I wanted to briefly share a little about me. It will make stomaching the tougher things I have to say in later posts easier since you’ll be able to say, “Bless his heart; he doesn’t know any better.” As my bio says, I was born in … Continue reading Why me?
My family and I have a weekly ritual: Dance Moms (don’t judge). My daughter is very involved in dance, and we often laugh at the silliness and drama that goes on in this “reality” TV show. In this week’s episode a mom said that every parent has to be on the lookout for opportunities for … Continue reading The Counter Intuitive Prayers