Will Your Teenager Leave the Faith?

We’ve been pastoring for 23 years now…and parenting for almost 19 of those. Speaking from BOTH perspectives, we’ve discovered that most parents’ greatest fear is that our kids will go on some crazy rebellious streak and reject the faith we hold dear. I ran across some interesting information, though, that says this fear is largely […]

Grace-Filled Homes

We asked our daughter recently what she thought the biggest need was in homes of her friends. She answered without hesitation: Grace. “I want all my friends’ parents to have more grace with their kids. I want them to support them in what they are doing and what they are involved in by showing up […]

Empty Nest Syndrome

This week we asked our dear friends Bill and Jo Ellen Knight to discuss the so-called “empty nest syndrome.” They are uniquely qualified to do this – they’ve raised three godly kids who are now wonderful spouses and parents. When Christine and I aren’t sure how to parent (which is often!), the Knights are who we ask! As the Lord is preparing our own family for this stage, we thought we’d ask the experts: “How do you handle your kids growing up and leaving you with an ‘empty nest?’”

Dangerous Freedom?

Dear Family Legacy, How do I set parameters related to our family’s faith in a secular environment? ~ Dangerous freedom? Dear Dangerous Freedom, That’s a good question. You’re kids are being bombarded by things through school, media, friends, that aren’t necessarily good for them (understate things much?). Of course we want to protect them. On […]

Turning Teenagers’ Hearts toward God

Dear Family Legacy, when a kid is a teenager, if they don’t want to spend time with God, do you make them? How do you handle that without making them resent you or God? ~ Wary Mom Dear Wary Mom, Great question! Every Christian parent wants his/her child to have a personal relationship with the […]