Tag: parenting

Best of 2018. #2 Bring your fussy child to church day

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As 2018 comes to a close, I am sharing some of my top posts from this year. 

Christian comedian John Crist shared this photo on Instagram this weekend that’s gone viral. The photo is a card from a church, apparently meant to be distributed to parents of fussy children, instructing them that a “connection team member” would assist them in leaving the sanctuary during worship.

It’s a sad commentary on the American church that we shame parents for bringing their kids and their kids…acting like kids in a church service.

Best of 2018. #5 Parents allowing children to decide their gender: why?

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As 2018 comes to a close, I am sharing some of my top posts from this year. 

A recent article from NBC talks about a Massachusetts family who are raising their twin boys without a gender. The idea behind this parenting philosophy is to allow the twins to decide for themselves when they’re older.

In the story, the mother made the fair point about how we do have ways how we stereotype little boys and little girls that aren’t always helpful. Many raise girls to be prissy and “girlie,” while boys are raised to be tough and to not cry. These aren’t necessary aspects of masculinity and femininity, on that point, I agree. However to combat those stereotypes, we don’t need to raise children without gender. There are other, healthier approaches.

The importance of constant gospel focus

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Originally published October 31, 2016

As someone who doesn’t have kids, over the last few years, more and more of my friends have began to have children.

When you have your first kid, you’re a member of a new club. You are a parent. Being a parent is something that becomes part of who you are. Your whole life, you haven’t had kids….but then you leave the hospital, and you have this baby.

I’ve always thought, “Wow. That must be so…weird!”

Your whole life, you haven’t had kids, and then suddenly you have one, and forever.