“The Family Toolbox” (January 2020)

Dads, Your Children Need Both Quality and Quantity Time with You

“So dads, there’s a biblical mandate to raise your kids and invest time in them to do so. And there’s a biblical mandate to work hard to provide for your family. Just make sure that your work commitments don’t overshadow your need to be there for your kids.”.

Dear Church—Please Don’t Overlook or Undervalue the Young

“Expect wiggles, potty breaks, and the occasional outburst of a young child. It happens in your home (or did once upon a time), so you can expect it to happen on the church campus too. It may not be your conviction to have your children with you during the worship service or small group discipleship class. Some churches may offer various discipleship classes or nurseries for younger children and you may choose to use such resources for your children. However, don’t look down upon mothers who have different convictions. Furthermore, don’t become frustrated with children and babies near you during a worship service. Consider the sound of babies among your church as a sign of health and the blessing of God.”

Parental Controls We Recommend (For Internet and Smartphones)

“Parental controls are NOT a replacement for parenting. Parental controls are NOT ‘set it and forget it.’ Parental controls ARE a great way to minimize accidental exposures to inappropriate online content. The right parental control solution is going to be different for different families. We believe that the parental control and monitoring solutions above should work for MOST families.”

The Counter-Cultural Vocation of Homemaking

“We recently received an email from one of Nick’s tenth-grade [public school] teachers, sent to all the parents: “I would like to invite parents to come to our class to speak about the career they chose. I want to expose the student to a variety of careers and experiences. Would you like to come and speak to us?” My very first thought was for Aileen: “I think you should go as a stay-at-home mom.”

The Most Dangerous Temptation That Faces Our Youth – Choosing their Friends

“Social media is not the culprit. Traditional media, in general, is not the culprit. Music is not the culprit. Yes, those outlets can be horrible, immoral, and soul-crushing. But the real culprit lies in the quality of the friends we choose both within the media and in real life. Choose good friends on social media and you’ll have a good feed. Choose good friends in real life and you’ll probably stay away from bad movies, TV shows, music.”

*While I don’t agree with every conclusion that is made here, I do believe that there are some good bits of wisdom to be had when thinking about our children’s friends.

TikTok Is A Pedophile Magnet And Unsafe For Kids

“If your child is using Tiktok, one of the most popular video-sharing apps, they might not be safe as many have regarded it as a pedophile magnet.”

What Every Marriage Needs Most

“Forgiveness is an awesome and wonderful thing. Every spouse needs to make a vocation out of asking forgiveness and giving forgiveness. It has to happen almost daily, I would say.”

Soli Deo Gloria,

Adam B. Burrell

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