The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 7

Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Parenting
This is the seventh part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. DISCIPLINE We now come to the fourth letter—D for “Discipline.” Lifting up our teens with affirmation, blameless love, and connectedness is critical for their health. But like a table, a fourth leg is needed to keep things on an equilibrium—the leg of parental guidance and enforced boundaries. (more…)
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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 6

Children's Health, Parenting
This is the sixth part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. CONNECTING WITH THE WORKADAY WORLD If your teen is not overscheduled and you feel good about the family connectedness, then part-time work may be another way your teen can develop into a highly healthy adult. After all, he or she does need to learn how to work, and the last I checked, the best way to learn how to work is to work! (more…)
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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 5

Children's Health, Parenting
This is the fifth part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. CONNECTING WITH FRIENDS ... AND MORE FRIENDS Besides connectedness with parents, highly healthy teens need connectedness with highly healthy friends, activities, and faith communities. As teens gain independence and go out on their own, friendships become more important than ever. (more…)
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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 4

Children's Health, Parenting
This is the fourth part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. CONNECTEDNESS The “C” of the “ABCD’s” of raising highly healthy children and nurturing highly healthy teens is “Connectedness.” It includes connecting with your kids, connecting your kids with good friends, and connecting your kids with their Creator. (more…)
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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 3

Children's Health, Parenting
This is the third part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. BLAMELESS LOVE The "B" of the "ABCD’s" of raising highly healthy children and nurturing highly healthy teens is "Blameless” or “Unconditional Love." Do you love your child blamelessly, unconditionally? Or is your love conditional, as in “I love you because of ... ” or “I love you if ... ”? (more…)
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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 1

Children's Health, Parenting
In my book, God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen, I wrote about the fact that highly healthy teens need four things from their parents to maintain their emotional health during their preteen and adolescent years. I call them the ABCD’s of parenting: A = Affirmation B = Blameless love C = Connectedness D = Discipline (more…)
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Mentored By A Milker Of Cows

Men's Health, Mental Health
I've written an article about my dear friend and mentor, Bill Judge, for Revive Magazine. It's called "Mentored By A Milker Of Cows." You can read the entire article here, but here's an excerpt to wet your appetite. If you like it, I hope you'll share it with friends: I knew I needed a mentor. I was busy with my career as a physician—too busy for my family. My priorities were out of whack. I needed someone who would encourage me and keep me on track. So I asked the pastors who came through the hospital, "Who's the one layperson you know in this area who looks most like Jesus?" When I heard the name Bill Judge multiple times, I said, "This is a guy I'd like to meet." I called…
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