Keep Kids Safe From Smartphones

"Kids need smartphones. Get over it." Thus says Jeanne Sager at The Week. I'll give Ms. Sager credit for going all in here. Her advocacy for giving preteen children iPhones is full throated and unequivocal, which is better than some of the self-tortured do-we-or-don't-we parenting we often see nowadays. Unfortunately, she's completely wrong. Her argument [...]

My Father’s Anger

Growing up, I did not see my father angry often. But it did happen. If my father was angry with me, it was almost certainly for one of two reasons. Either I had disrespected my mother, or else I had been cruel to my younger sister. On those occasions I did witness and endure my [...]

5 Things I Learned As a Pastor’s Kid

5 Things I Learned As a Pastor’s Kid

Pastors are people too! They're not impersonal authority forces or theological amoebas. Pastors aren't super-Christians; they need encouragement, rest, and recreation like everyone else.** A childhood filled with church attendance isn't an immunization against sin and unbelief. But neither does requiring such attendance automatically turn kids into resentful prodigals. I've encountered an awful lot of [...]

Do Kids Need Social Media to Succeed?

Do Kids Need Social Media to Succeed?

When you think of the things children need to succeed later in society,  you probably think of things like good education, a stable family life, and lots of love and emotional support. One thing you probably don’t think of? Social media. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a parenting book or a sociological report on childhood [...]