Are adults the only ones who struggle with the issue of comparison? Nope. Are the stakes lower for kids when they compare themselves to others? Nope again. So, what are parents to do? Good news! We can be prepared to coach our kids, regardless of their ages, through the mine field of constant comparison. They don't have to find... Read More
Recently I was asked by a mom of a pre-teen if she should force her child to read his Bible, have a daily devotional time, quiet time, whatever you want to call it. I think what she really wanted to know was how to lead her son to “own his faith.” She just wasn’t sure... Read More
“Who in the world told my kids they could have a life of their own?” I remember chronically thinking this while ours were teenagers. Just when we hit a parenting stride that was awesome (awesome… meaning I was pretty much in control of their schedules and daily details, and made sure none of it actually... Read More
Another best practice we stumbled upon in the teenage years revolved around appropriate punishments. We found the most effective consequences tended to be those that “fit” the offense. Let me just throw out a scenario. I have a friend whose son decided it would be fun to sneak out with some buddies while at their... Read More
I'm frequently asked questions that revolve around parenting 12–18 year olds, so I'll throw out a series of what I think could be called Best Practices for Parenting Teenagers. I'm not sure how many there will be, but so far there's one. One thing Andy and I discovered while parenting teenagers was the “Constant Conversation”... Read More
Sandra is a Georgia native and has lived in the Atlanta area since graduating from Georgia Tech in 1988. She married Andy that same year and they founded North Point Ministries in 1995. Sandra’s ministry passion is promoting foster care in the local church. Much of her time these days is spent in seminary classes though Dallas Theological Seminary, working on various writing projects, and continuing her involvement with Fostering Together – the foster care initiative at North Point Ministries.
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“For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8).