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Listen and Love

Listen and Love Tough Topics Listen and Love -Gordon and Becki West Preteens are emotional by nature for a variety of reasons including hormonal changes, fatigue, peer group expectations and self-imposed demands. At a stage in life when parents and friends may not know how to deal... Read More

Against All Odds

Against All Odds Tough Topics Against All Odds -Lettie Kirkpatrick Sociologists tell us there is a great likelihood that: a child of an abuser will be one a child of poverty will stay one a child of an alcoholic will become one a child of a broken home will have one. These statistics... Read More

Talking to Children about Gambling

Talking to Children about Gambling Tough Topics Talking to Children about Gambling -Pat Verbal Bethany told her Sunday school teacher, “My dad and I buy a lottery ticket every week at the gas station. We won ten dollars once!” Before the teacher could intervene, Joshua spoke up, “You shouldn’t play the... Read More

To Discipline or Not to Discipline

To Discipline or Not to Discipline Tough Topics To Discipline or Not to Discipline —Lisa Traughber “Matt and Josh aren’t sitting in chairs for the story,” said Sarah. The rest of the children were seated around me so Sarah was concerned about Matt’s and Josh’s apparent lack of obedience. I... Read More

Demonstrating Faith to this Generation

Demonstrating Faith to this Generation Tough Topic Demonstrating Faith to this Generation -Barth and Sally Middleton God is pushed out of the lives of so many of today’s children. Schoolteachers consciously avoid mentioning Him. On TV and in many homes His commandments are blatantly violated. Schedules are... Read More

Dealing with Students Fears

Dealing with Students Fears Tough Topics Dealing with Students Fears -Pat Verbal Joel Siegel, editor of Good Morning America, underwent lung-cancer surgery one spring. Mr. Siegel said his main concern was how to explain his illness to his son, Dylan. “I don’t mind him seeing me sad,” Mr. Siegel... Read More