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Dollars and Sense: Teaching Children to Handle Money

In the early 1700s, two men developed distinct reputations for themselves–one was Jonathan Edwards, a man of integrity, refinement and Christian character and the other was Max Duke, a well-known criminal. During the last two hundred years, their descendants have been traced. In Jonathan Edward’s line of descendants are 13 college presidents, 200 preachers, 60 prominent leaders, 90 physicians, 32 authors, […]

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The Scourge of Sibling Rivalry

If American parents were asked to indicate the most irritating feature of child-rearing, I’m convinced that sibling rivalry would get their unanimous vote. Children are not content just to hate each other in private. They attack one another like miniature warriors, mobilizing their troops and probing for weakness in the defensive line. I know one child who so deeply resented being […]

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Questions Parents Ask About Self-Esteem

Human worth in our society is carefully reserved for those who meet certain rigid specifications. The beautiful people are born with it; those who are highly intelligent are likely to find approval; superstar athletes are usually respected. But no one is considered valuable just because he is! Social acceptability is awarded rather carefully, making certain to exclude those who are […]

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Teaching Children to Be Kind

I was recently asked to respond to the question “What one feature should be changed in Western culture in order to produce a higher percentage of emotionally healthy children and adults?” It is a stimulating question which would probably draw a unique answer from every professional who attempted a reply. But from my perspective, the most valuable revision would be for […]

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The Invasion of Childhood Innocence

The warm summer breeze wafted across the screened porch carrying the sweet smell of honeysuckle. The night air was filled with the chatter of family talk as we shelled purple-hull peas. When the bushels of peas were finished, we rewarded ourselves with big, cool slices of watermelon. Pleasant memories of childhood still fill my head: catching lightning bugs in Mason jars, […]

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Spending Time With Your Kids

DADDY, HOW MUCH DO YOU MAKE AN HOUR? “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14). Money has no value in and of itself, it is just a unit of exchange. We exchange each […]

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The Family Game Plan

I discovered a spiritual truth, of all places, in the comic strip “Peanuts.” A disappointed Charlie Brown finds himself sitting on top of the baseball mound after a game muttering these words, “One hundred and forty to nothing… I just don’t understand it … and we were so sincere.” We want what is best for our children, but sincerity […]

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Whatever Happened to Values

For four consecutive years, I was invited to speak to the sophomore health class of a local high school on the topic of values. Knowing how sensitive the public school system is, I would carefully prepare my presentation each year so as not to be offensive to anyone. I opened my speech with an illustration […]

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Preparing a Child For Life

There are no perfect parents. No one knows that better than someone who is a parent. When you’re growing up, you are very aware of the mistakes your parents make with you. You promise yourself that when you have children you will not make these same mistakes with them. And for most of us, this is true. We made […]

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Developing Discipline in Kids

Before we can develop discipline in our kids, we must understand the concept of discipline. The word brings to mind such things as spanking, grounding, or shouting orders. The biblical definition of discipline doesn’t mean any of the above; it means “training.” Webster also defines discipline as “training intended to elicit a specific pattern of behavior or character; and behavior […]

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