Monthly Archives: April 2010

Shopping for my Girls

I went shopping with my girls last night. Both my girls have hit growth spurts recently, and my wife Lori went through the girl’s closets earlier this week, getting rid of old clothes that are too small. Wednesday she warned … Continue reading

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Parental Guidance on Movies Makes a Difference

A new study from Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) reveals that monitoring our kids’ media choices actually pays off! Imagine that. James Sargent, a professor of pediatrics at DMS, also principal investigator in the study contends, “The research to date suggests that … Continue reading

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Convicted Rappers Speaking at Schools

What have we become? That was my question when I first learned that rapper T.I. was speaking at middle schools as part of his community service. Apparently I’m not alone in my disapproval. Yahoo News gives us a glimpse: T.I.’s March … Continue reading

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Neck Deep in Manure

I’ve always got my eyes on the news looking for illustrations or discussion starters. This headline definitely caught my eye: Police Find Suspect Neck-deep in Liquid Manure Pit Apparently a man wanted on meth charges was hiding from the police … Continue reading

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Text Messaging Use Rising Still

Teen girls 14-17 are the leaders of the pack, averaging 100 messages a day. That’s an average. Think about that for a second. That is not some extreme example of one kid who texts 3,000 texts a month. That’s the average! … Continue reading

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Kids Burning Themselves on YouTube

It’s funny when small sub-cultures get air time (and am I only furthering it by reporting about it?) So let me preclude this blog by saying, “This isn’t mainstream!” In other words, I don’t think your kids or their friends … Continue reading

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Guess Where I Grew Up

This past weekend on a speaking trip I had a little extra time Sunday morning to drive up to the small, one-high-school-town I lived in 30 years ago as a kid. What a reminiscent little jaunt! Hmmmm. Maybe I’ll have … Continue reading

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The “C” in YMCA

Do you know what the “C” stands for in YMCA? I don’t recall the Village People mentioning it in their song. This weekend I’m getting a glimpse of the “C” in action at the YMCA of the Ozarks here in MO. The … Continue reading

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The Pre-airbrushed Britney Spears

In a few weeks my wife is having all the middle school girls from our church over to our house for a fun night called “Girl Talk,” engaging in conversation with them about self esteem, modesty, and purity. Today we were looking at … Continue reading

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OverSexualized

This past weekend I had the opportunity to preach about youth culture, then do a parenting workshop in a church in South Bend, IN. On the drive to the workshop, I decided to tune into a popular radio station to hear … Continue reading

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