parenting

096 – Our Inability to Change our Kids

Show Notes Fun Times with Dad: Nolan and I headed out on a bike ride this weekend to enjoy the warm and sunny weather. Inability “Recognizing what you are unable to do is essential to good parenting.” – Paul David Tripp In his book, Parenting, Paul Tripp says, “as parents we are powerless to change the hearts of our children.” This came from the chapter titled “Inability.” Often in our parenting we are demanding, aggressive, threatening, and focused on rules…

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087 – Character Traits Your Children Need to Develop

Show Notes Fun Times with Dad: Nolan and I took in a Purdue/Illinois baseball game on a chilly April evening. Purdue ended up winning 4-2 and Nolan never did get a foul ball but we had a great time enjoying some baseball! Bring Them Up In his book, Strengthening Your Marriage, Wayne Mack discusses a key verse found in Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of…

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083 – Avoiding Child-Centered Parenting

Show Notes Fun Times with Dad: Purdue/Indiana basketball rivalry and shamrock shakes! Parenting toddlers is challenging but we need to be consistent and firm during these years. Your “no” should mean “no”. It should not mean to ask until I say “yes”. This episode focuses on the danger of child-centered parenting and goes through the example of Cain. Child-Centered Parenting: Leads to the Parents’ Shame (Proverbs 29:15) Feeds Self-Destructive Lifestyles (1 Samuel 2:29 Is an Abdication of God-given Authority and…

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What a Little Coaching Will Do

While on a vacation to Gull Lake Ministries I was sitting by the archery range watching a father and son shoot arrows. as the young boy was struggling to hit the target, his dad gave him some pointers and the boy, taking his father’s advice, began hitting the target. His dad then commented, “you see what a little coaching will do for you?” We all need others in our life who are older and wiser and can help point us…

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073 – Developing Work Ethic in Your Children

Show Notes Fun Times with Dad: Producing a lip sync video of “Deeper Than The Holler” for my wife on our anniversary with Nolan. How do you help develop work ethic in your children? Long gone are the days of working on the farm and getting up early to do chores. For many of us, those opportunities aren’t available. In this episode I talk with our son, Alex, about some of the opportunities he’s taken advantage of to develop work…

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071 – Focus on Foster Care Ministry with Jami Kaeb

Show Notes Jami Kaeb founded The Forgotten Initiative in 2011. In this episode, I talk with Jami about how it all started. Jami and her husband, Clint, have seven children, five of which came through adoption. The Forgotten Initiative focuses on the foster care community. Jami shares her story about how she discovered the needs of this community and what she did about it. Something initially piqued her curiosity about this community. From there, she took it to God in…

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070 – LIFE Leadership with Brandon Perry

Show Notes Brandon Perry, from LIFE Leadership, joins me in this episode to discuss marriage, parenting and finances. Brandon is married to his wife, Chelsea, and they have two young children. Purchasing Decisions When making purchasing decisions, even “small” ones, determine if it is a Want or a Need. Take your time in making the decision. Sit on it for a day or two before buying and don’t make any spontaneous purchases. Also, don’t get sucked in to making purchases…

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069 – A Talk with Trevor

Show Notes Fun Time with Dad: Helping with a landscaping project. I talk with Nolan about the project as well. We touch on a bunch of topics in this episode as I welcome “Trevor” to the podcast. Trevor is a foreign exchange student from Great Britain. We talk about differences from our two countries such as driving on the opposite side of the road, parenting, the Olympics and some of our favorite events and favorite athletes, baseball and the recent…

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Faith over Fear

Family Vacation Our family spent last week Gull Lake Ministries for vacation. I’m talked about Gull Lake on the podcast and have probably written about it before. It is one of our favorite places to go on vacation. The culture they have created there is second to none. The counselors are amazing, the food is delightful and the Bible teaching is convicting. My soul is restored after a week at GLM. Choosing Faith Over Fear Our Bible teacher for the…

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