Category Archives: Family

Aidan for Vice President

Last week my brother Thom (pastor, dad, Star Wars nerd…) emailed me asking for ideas for his 10-year-old son Aidan’s Vice Presidential campaign at school. My brother is amazingly creative (many of you know him from his insightful Biblical discussions … Continue reading

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52 Ways to Connect

The book, the workshop… it’s happening. Last night I taught my brand new parent workshop, Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid, for the second time. I’m excited with the feedback I’m hearing so far! And speaking of feedback… My publisher … Continue reading

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Top 10 Things I Learned After 1 Week in an RV

Just got back on a really fun trip, just me, Lori and my parents for one week in an RV, traveling 1,000 miles across four states, from Boise, through the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. We all had a great time. … Continue reading

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Somethin’ a lil’ different with my teenagers

We were bored and looking for something to do for the day, something… different. 20+ years as a youth worker, I go back to my youth worker connections when I want to do something fun with my girls and their … Continue reading

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Death of the Dining Room

As families and friends gather together for the holidays, the big question I have is… where will they gather? Their dining room? The kitchen? It’s funny how much you can tell about a society’s social norms solely from the changes … Continue reading

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Ashley’s Unconventional Speech

Last Friday night Lori and I got a chance to escort Ashley onto the football field at halftime for the Homecoming “Royal Court” while the commentator read her speech. I guess I should have know what to expect, knowing Ashley. … Continue reading

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5 Days of Get Your Teenager Talking- DAY 5

Each day in my blog this week I have given you a little somethin’ you can use to provoke meaningful conversations with young people. (Click here for Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, or Thursday’s.) My brand new book, Get Your Teenager Talking … Continue reading

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Instagram Contest

WINNERS POSTED! (at bottom of post) I feel like giving something away! Last week in Chicago my 16-year-old got on my case for Tweeting and posting pics on my Pinterest… but not Instagram. So I finally caved in to her … Continue reading

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On the Road with Mom and Dad

Eleven days, ten nights… over a week on the road with Mom and Dad. Poor Ashley! Ashley is my 16-year-old, and for the last six days, she’s been in five cars, one plane, four hotels and three states with Lori … Continue reading

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Son of God Movie

I usually try to keep up with upcoming films, but this one caught me off guard, a new film about the life of Jesus, coming to the theater this February. The film is titled, Son of God. I saw the … Continue reading

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