Preteens and Spiritual Doubt – MBFLP 177

preteens spiritual doubt

One of the most disturbing, even frightening, experiences of our parenting journey was learning of a child’s spiritual doubts. After pouring love and Scripture into our children for ten years, we may find that it hasn’t taken root – or that the early buds of childlike faith didn’t mature with time! This episode, we talk about a very common passage in children’s lives, how we can prepare for it, and what to do about it when it comes.

preteens spiritual doubt

Resources We Mentioned:

Our workshop on Parenting Preteens

Our online class series, Boot Camp 9-12 (live sessions start August 1o!)

The Gen2 Survey (2015)

Books We (and our kids) Found Helpful:

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More Than A Carpenter – Josh McDowell

Evidence That Demands a Verdict – Josh McDowell

Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis

The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel

Bullies and What to Do About Them – MBFLP 176

One of the reasons many people start homeschooling is to avoid “negative peer interaction,” which often means bullying. Sadly, though, it can happen at church, at homeschool meetings, or simply any gathering of kids. It can even happen inside your own family! This episode, we’re talking about approaches for dealing with bullying situations – how should we parents respond, how can we help the victims, and what can be done about the perpetrators.

(Check out our article, “Five Things to Do When Your Child is Being Picked On”)

Important Stuff We Forget To Teach – MBFLP 175

We all start homeschooling knowing that we’ll have to teach reading, spelling, math … all the traditional classroom subjects. But we quickly realized there were some things that “just happened” in school, and now that we’re the school, we need to make plans for them. Unfortunately, we meet a lot of homeschool families who are missing out on some important topics that don’t normally show on a transcript – but are critical for their kids’ future! You don’t want to miss this episode …

Some Resources We Mentioned: 

Internet safety with Covenant Eyes filtering/monitoring/accountability software
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Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Re-Gaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality

Boot Camp 9-12

 

 

 

 


Body Image and Family – and What To Do About Them – MBFLP 174

Do you feel uncomfortable about your own body? When Melanie wrote about this on our blog, it turned out to be one of our most popular articles! This episode, we talk about handling negative self-talk, building up your wife, and recognizing the impact your self-doubt may be having on your kids.

Melanie’s original blog post: For Our Future Daughters-in-Law


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Hard Conversations – MBFLP 173

Even the best friendships run into rough spots – husbands and wives, parents and kids, church friends, neighbors. Sometimes you need to have those terrible conversations that begin, “We need to talk …” But even if they’re difficult, those conversations are critically important in the life of a relationship. Dodge them, and you may be ditching the friendship! This episode, we look at what the Bible says about open, transparent talk between friends, why you have to engage the hard conversations, and how to make them as helpful as possible!

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Kids and Phones – Smart or Not? – MBFLP 172

It’s been ten years since Apple introduced the iPhone – and the whole world has changed because of it. Like many new devices and technologies, what started as an amusement became a near-necessity. But should our kids have access? Do young people need a phone of their own? Or is it a popular trap that causes more trouble than any possible benefit? This episode we talk about why some of our kids have phones and others don’t, and some common sense ways you can navigate that winding road in your own family.


 

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Better Relationships with Your Kids – MBFLP 171

We’re back from our hiatus and we’re talking about relationships! How can we build trust, restore injured feelings, and safeguard the bond between parents and children? We’ve seen that relationships are built on moments, hundreds of day-by-day interactions and decisions, and often we don’t discover we’ve made a misstep until it bears unhappy fruit long after. This episode we share some things we’ve found very helpful – even critically important – for cultivating better relationships with your kids!

 

 

Building or Re-Building – To Become A Better Husband – MBFLP 170

Our sons face particular pressures on their way to becoming husbands – and fathers face some of the same issues as they live out their own vows! In the second part of Hal’s presentation to a recent men’s conference, he’s talking about the reality of both the temptation and the grace to resist it or if necessary, to repent and recover from a fall. It’s another look about being intentional about preparing our sons to be effective and godly husbands!

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Laying a Foundation for Marriage – MBFLP 169

 

We probably all share the hope that our children will marry, and marry well, and serve God in their family one day. But are we being intentional about preparing our sons to become godly husbands?  It’s important to live a good example in front of them, but we need to train them to deal with the issues that affect them as young men, and we need to encourage them to see marriage as a likely part of their mission in God’s kingdom! This episode includes part of a presentation Hal gave to a men’s conference earlier this year, about laying a foundation for your son’s future marriage – because “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord!” (Proverbs 18:22)

 

 

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Family Travel: Eat Cheap On The Road – MBFLP 168

“Mom, I’m hungry!” That call from the back of the van is more frequent than “Are we there yet?” – especially when there are teenagers in the mix. So what can a budget-conscious family do when the stomachs start to growl? This episode we talk about how we keep the food expenses low, keep the troops happy, and eat cheap when we’re on the road!

 

Resources We Mentioned:

The incredible Instant Pot (affiliate link)

Where we find neat local restaurants: RoadFood.com

Or “as seen on the Food Network,” restaurants from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

 

How We Make Pimiento Cheese (Large Southern Family Edition):

2 lb bag of shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese (unseasoned)

1 pint of salad dressing-style mayonnaise (think “Miracle Whip”) – basically half a standard jar

4 oz jar of diced pimientos (usually on the aisle with olives and pickles or in the Hispanic food section)

Yes, this is a big batch! We often make this much for lunch at church or to take on the road.

Simply combine the ingredients. It blends easier if you use mayonnaise from a newly opened jar at room temperature. Use the entire jar of pimientos including the juice – sometimes we add a dash of pickle juice for variety. Stir in the mayonnaise bit by bit and stop when you like the consistency. The flavor is even better if you keep it overnight in the refrigerator. Great in sandwiches, on hamburgers, eaten on crackers, or spread on celery.


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