3 Tips To Reset Your Parenting

Thom DickFeatured, Parenting3 Comments

We’ve all felt it before. That gut-wrenching, soul-killing sick thought that our parenting has screwed up our kids. For some reason, there is less laughter, more stress and more bad behaviour. You’re tired, the kids are tired of YOU (they yell as they run to … Read More

Porn-free parenting

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This week, 1350 men at Southland will wrap up the Conquer Series on sexual purity and I am so excited to see what the result will be as men walk into sexual freedom over the next months and years. The series has caused me to … Read More

3 Easy Ways To Love Your Tween

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I’ve been working with teens in and around those tricky jr. high/middle school/tween/young teen ages for fifteen years. While this makes me feel old, and while there are many things still to learn (even in just keeping up with their world), I have discovered some constants … Read More

Porn Proof Your Kids – Part 2

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For the past few months we have been in a message series on marriage and sexuality at Southland which has led to some inevitable and interesting conversations. Interesting, but not necessarily encouraging. For all our genuine efforts, both spiritual and practical, there is still an … Read More

The Raising Boys Blog

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Over the past nearly 14 years of my life we have always had a son in the house. At times we have had up to five boys (not including myself) wrestling it out in the living room and if having 12 kids from hard places has … Read More

Is Pokemon Go Evil?

Thom DickFeatured, Parenting4 Comments

The short answer is I’m not going to tell you my opinion. And here’s the reason, everyone has an opinion! No matter what I think, someone is going to certainly disagree and emphatically state that I’m unequivocally an irresponsible Christian (not that this would actually bother me, but it … Read More

Little Evangelists

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For many, many years I have had an inner conflict on the best way to introduce children to Jesus. On the one hand, I’m not afraid to help kids understand their need for Jesus and help them ask Him into their hearts (a phrase uniquely … Read More

Dealing With Angry Kids

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Every so often a theme forms among the parents who are seeking advice regarding a challenge they are facing. I am currently experiencing one of those waves and the only way I can describe is as an epidemic of anger in our kids. I’m not kidding! It seems … Read More

Four Ways To Become A Mindful Parent

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You hear about “mindfulness” these days when you read the current psycho-babble articles and books, which at first kind of freaked me out because it sounded awfully New Agey to me, but the truth is,  being mindful simply means becoming aware of what is going … Read More

How To Be Extraordinarily Normal

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I like passionate people. Honestly I do… but I also find them a little bit annoying. Sometimes I talk to someone who just loves hockey and quite frankly I don’t relate, but I’m polite about it. I know that other people feel the same about me … Read More

The Happy Benefit to Making Mistakes

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My wife and I were able to attend the Empowered To Connect conference for the second year in a row at the beginning of April. This conference is for foster and adoptive parents and those who support them, teaching good parenting practice from the latest … Read More

Hope For Fearful Parents

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When our second son was a toddler I had a horrific dream (several in fact) where he was killed, usually by me loosing his grip in a high place and letting him fall. I remember one time in particular when I woke literally crying; it … Read More