For the past three years I have been teaching a faith-based class at a men’s halfway house here in Grand Rapids, MI. The guys there have really grown on me and I’ve learned much about the ways others grow up, the effect it had on them, and have gained a new perspective on many things in life. What used to catch me off guard there has now become the … Read More...
“Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers...” Psalm 127: 3-5 (NLT). What does “family” mean to you? One of the dictionary definitions that Webster … Read More...
Parents often walk a fine line in training their children to relate to friends. As parents, we want our children to stand up for themselves and not fall victim to others' aggressiveness. But we don't want our kids to be the bully either. How do we teach our children to have the proper respect for others yet not take a back seat all the time? The … Read More...
This is an editorial post. Much of what I write arises out of my own experience, but this post is somewhat different because I’m posing a question more than making a statement. I’ll start with my question and you can decide if you want to keep reading: Are too many “mom blogs” written by those in the trenches rather than those who have weathered … Read More...
This is an editorial post. Much of what I write arises out of my own experience, but this post is somewhat different because I’m posing a question more than making a statement. I’ll start with my question and you can decide if you want to keep reading: Are too many “mom blogs” written by those […]
Friends of 1C13P, We have the honor of having single dad, Matt Haviland, join the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team! You’ll love his heart for being a dad and his passion for honoring the Lord. His advice isn’t just for single dads, it is good for any father. You will be blessed by his words […]
We recently celebrated another anniversary by having a memory lane date. We pulled out our old scrapbooks and oh, the wonderful memories we do have! We also have some “less wonderful” ones—like our 20th anniversary. Dave, all on his own, had planned a five-star romantic getaway. Ever celebrate an anniversary with a trip down memory […]
There’s a terrorist running loose nearby, desiring to behead, burn, and bash our children. This terrorist is not Islamic, clad in black, or carrying a gun. This terrorist is called pornography. It’s clad in nothing, literally, and it wants to take over your child’s life. Consider the following statistics: Average age of first view of […]
Super Bowl Sunday with Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels! @TonjaEngen @1C13P #SuperBowlSunday #1C13P Click To Tweet Super Bowl Sunday is a great excuse to have some fun foods in front of the TV with your family. It’s a change of pace for the kids and can be a wonderful way to talk about sports and healthy competition. […]
Two years ago, our family felt called to make a move from family and friends in Minnesota to Colorado. With some fear and trepidation we took what felt like a giant step of faith and relocated. The unknown was full of many hurdles. The kids were navigating new bigger schools with hundreds of strangers where […]
Friends, We have the great privilege of having Pastor Lisa Shaw guest post for us today. She is a mom and a grandmom, who has a love for the Lord and a huge desire to pass along a legacy of faith to her grandkids. Be blessed by her warmth and wisdom. Lori & Becky … when […]
As adults it is often clear what needs to change when we’ve done poorly on a project or work assignment. It’s easier for us to discern what caused us to do well too. This is usually not the case with children. Most children do not know the skills of self-reflection and goal setting. When questioned […]
As Mother’s Day, 2014 approaches, I’m pausing to remember another key “mother relationship” in my life – my mother-in-law, Lillian Rose Arp, who passed away a number of years ago. Why now? This past week, Dave was in Albuquerque, NM going through files, drawers, and stuff helping his sister get the old family place ready […]
Home & Holidays
Spring is in the air! And among other things, that means it’s time to do some cleaning up. Spring cleaning can be a very gratifying job, and a great opportunity to teach your kids to pitch in and help around the house. Here are three quick and easy chores your kids can help with this […]