If You Give Your Kid A Kindle {Or any other device}

If You Give Your Kid A Kindle {Or any other device}

Anytime a device, whether a Kindle, an X-box, an iPhone, or any other device, links to the Internet, there are legitimate dangers lurking. The predators and trolls in cyberspace are just as dangerous as the drug dealers on the street corners, the kid who brings a gun to school, and the teen pressuring yours to have unprotected sex. When we give our children unfettered access to the Internet, it’s like we send them to the downtown city park by themselves when they are three years old.

If we would never do that, why would we let them play on the Internet’s playground with no supervision?

But the truth is, we do it all the time. Why? Here are three possible reasons:

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The Power of Words in Marriage (from a 13 y/o's perspective) & Resources for your Walk with God

The Power of Words in Marriage (from a 13 y/o's perspective) & Resources for your Walk with God

Hi friends! My name is Abby and I’m the oldest daughter of Jen and Craig. I am so excited to be writing for all of y’all today. This week, I was just laying in bed when God talked to me about my parents. He gave me some questions to think about. But here was the big one:

How does my parents’ marriage affect me and my sister? 

You might think that your marriage affects only you and your spouse. If you think that, you’re wrong. If you don’t have children, there are other areas where your marriage can affect the people around you, but that’s for another week. 

Kids see and hear a lot more then you may think. If you’re showcasing a positive and healthy relationship when you know you’re around your kids, you think that they have the perfect vision of what married life may be like. What you don’t know, though, is that we kids are way more observant than you may think. You may be having a fight with your spouse, maybe even just with your body movement or facial expressions, and your kids can sense the tension. 

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Navigating changes and transitions (new video)

Navigating changes and transitions (new video)

We all have transition and change in our lives, which mean, we all have transitions and change that affect our marriages. For many of us, change is hard. Personally, for both of us, we are easily thrown out of whack when our daily ins and outs are shifted (or turned completely upside down). 

Right now, the kids are newly out of school (hello, it's now more difficult to do this "work from home thing"), we have backyard construction going on (for the love of city permits), and Craig's mom still struggles with her illness (I was reading in Luke today about how Jesus healed the centurion's slave instantaneously and just prayed and prayed for that to happen for her).

Sometimes we will navigate change well. Sometimes we will not. Here's what we plan to do to not only survive, but hopefully thrive, through the transitions in our lives.

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