Launching Hope: A Seminar for Teens and Parents to help Teens Successfully Launch into Adulthood (February 22)

The teenage years can be one of the most challenging seasons of life for parents and children.  It should be a time where teenagers are preparing for life on their own with mentoring and support from their parents.  Unfortunately, many teenagers find themselves ‘failing to launch’ and find themselves living at home into their 20’s.

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If you’re a parent of a teenager in the North Atlanta area, please check out ‘Launching Hope: A Seminar for Teens and Parents.’  New York Times Best-Selling Author Hal Runkel and speaker, humorist, and best-selling author, John Turner of The ScreamFree Institute invite you to join them to learn the latest research and ways to effectively prepare our teenagers for a productive adulthood.

The 4-hour seminar is scheduled for Saturday, February 22 from 9-2:30pm at Stonecreek Church in Milton, GA.  Cost is $10 per person and includes lunch.  You can find more information and register here through Wednesday February 19.  

John Rosemond, popular author and parenting expert calls these year, ‘the mentoring’ years where parents transition from the  ‘authority’ role to ‘mentor’ role with the goal of ‘launching’ their children into adulthood.  I’ve written about our own challenges and experiences during our children’s teenage years in a post called, ‘Four Seasons of Child Rearing:  The Season of Mentoring.

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Sibling Conflict: How to ‘Make’ Your Children Get Along

This is a guest post by our friend Christi Melrose, a wife and mother of 3 children. Christi shares a recent experience of sibling rivalry in her household and how she handled it.
How do you “make” your children get along? Ultimately we are training our children’s hearts. When my kids are unkind to each other I worry about their hearts, especially when I think of Matthew 12:34 “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” I have a 9, 11, and 13 year old. Lately, I’ve seen behavior that looks like they are out to get each other and generally don’t like each other. This prompted me to check out John Rosemond’s parenting website www.parentguru.com for some advice.

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Giving Her Away: A Mother of the Bride’s Story

This is a guest post by our friend, Karen Clark who shares a story from her daughter’s wedding day.  Read why ‘motherhood is not for cowards.’  You can read more by Karen at www.karengilesclark.com.

I am still reliving my daughter’s wedding.   It was a magical, emotional, beautiful time to watch her walk down the aisle into the arms of the man God brought into her life 2 years ago.   I saw, for the first time, the love between them finally openly expressed.  I had watched them for 2 years, and always felt like something was being held back, which puzzled me.

Lindsey and Rob

Lindsey and Rob

As I sat on the front row of the church as the “Mother Of The Bride”, I definitely had a front row seat to witness love finally allowing itself to overflow.  A new understanding and appreciation for my “new” son was born.  He had held his emotions in for so long, not wanting to arouse the passion that was just bubbling up, with no where to flow, until the “I Do” was spoken.   As I watched his heart overflow with tears as the vows were spoken, my “mother’s heart” was relieved.

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Christmas Traditions

One of our favorite Christmas traditions with our children was reading the Luke 2 christmas story on Christmas Eve. When our daughter Steffy was 10 and our son, Nathan was 8, they memorized Luke 2:1-20 in school and wanted to recite the story at Christmas.

Our Nativity

That year, instead of Monica and me reading the Luke 2 story, Nathan and Steffy recited the Christmas story. We ended up making a mini production out of it with Kristin, our oldest daughter and our young nieces and nephew in costumes acting out the nativity while Steffy and Nathan recited the story. We had ‘angels’ on the upstairs balcony looking down over ‘Joseph, Mary, Jesus (a baby doll) and shepherds’ while our extended family looked on!

That Christmas was a special one for us. My dad enjoyed the production in a wheel chair that Christmas and passed away in January from brain cancer. We retired the production after that year but our children still remember the verses.

How do you share the true meaning of Christmas from Luke 2 with your children? Share your story and photo of your nativity on our facebook page (www.facebook.com/parentingstudy) and use hashtag #christmastraditions

Lover of the Light: A Christmas Story

Next week is the anniversary of the shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, a grim reminder of the horror and evil that we see too often in today’s news.

When I was a teenager, I remember my Mom liked to watch the local TV news and I think all the bad news made her worry more than she should about our safety.  A number of years ago, I stopped watching the local news.  I realized I was becoming like my mom, worrying more than I should about our children.

Whether you choose to watch or not, there is a lot of bad news out there.  That’s why I like Christmas.  It’s the story of good news, a proclamation of hope.  God loved the world so much, he came to earth as a man to restore the hearts of a broken world.  Isaiah describes this ‘hope’ as a great light;  A sunburst for people walking in darkness in a land of deep shadows.”

Our son, Nathan, shared a music video with me called ‘Lover of the Light,’ by Mumford & Sons, a popular British indie folk band.  It’s a story of a lost love, a  blind man who’s living in darkness who discovers the light.