Parenting According to the Needs of Your Family
The older our kids get, the more we are learning how different they are. And these differences mean we are having to learn how to parent each of our kids a little differently. The challenge for me is that my kids often need me to respond in ways that do not come naturally. And in lots of situations, the outcome is very different from what I would have chosen. She says in the article, “Sometimes what we fear is settling for less is really God’s better plan. We need to be willing to let go of our plan and trust God to provide what is best.” Learning to trust God in my parenting regularly looks like letting go of my own expectations and parenting out of my weaknesses instead of my strengths. But that’s not really a bad thing for me or my kids if it means that Jesus is more in the center of our home than I am.
The New Indie Film That Might Make You Worship
The Peanut Butter Falcon is one of my favorite movies of the year. I have told lots of people about it and I took Emily with me when I saw it a second time because I wanted her to see it too. I’m just glad someone wrote an article about it so I could mention it here too :) The story, the characters, the music, and the cinematography all work together to give you a good feeling while your watching and as you leave, even as it deals with some tough issues. One of the main characters has Down Syndrome and is played by Zack Gottsagen who has Down Syndrome. He does a great job. But it also shows the power of finding someone who really believes in you. This is a great review on the theme of family in the movie, the beauty of the movie, and how we need more movies like it. The Peanut Butter Falcon is currently playing at University 16.
5 Ways to Ensure Our lives Aren’t Strangled By Screens
It’s always good to be reminded about the good and the dangers of our technology. I feel like I swing back and forth all the time between “technology is evil :)” and not being able to put my phone down, but struggle to find that healthy balance. Usually it’s not because I don’t know the facts about all of this but because I need constant reminders of what’s true and good to help form better habits. I want this for my kids as well. Here are some good reminders that can help us form good habits so we can help our kids do the same.
PODCAST: Ask Alice: A Conversation with Dr. Stacey Gilbert on Teenagers Struggling with Anxiety and Depression
So many of our kids are struggling with anxiety and depression. It can be hard to know how to respond. It can also be a challenge to figure out how the gospel hope we offer our kids fits together with things like counseling, medication, and other help that is available. I hope this helps.