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When Teens Have Their Own Money

Q. Our two teens have their own money from babysitting, part-time jobs, and birthday gifts. We’re very proud of how hard they work and how responsible they have become. Both our son and daughter have accumulated healthy savings accounts and…

Free Tablet Not A Welcome Gift

Q.  At the start of the year, our children’s school handed out iPads to every fifth grade student. Consequently, though we had successfully implemented a strict family policy about when and how our daughter was able to interact with the…

Why Do I Have to go to Church?

My husband and I have three daughters who at young ages already express some big opinions about life, including a four-year-old who complains about going to church. She knows what she wants, what she doesn’t want, and isn’t…

Dads Give The Gift of Faith and Learning

It was sharing time. My first-grade teacher gathered the children in class and we sat, cross-legged in the sharing circle. “We’ll go around the room,” she told us, “And tell what our parents’ jobs are.” The other children shared about…

Contemplating an Empty Nest

Q. The youngest of our four children is leaving for college at the end of the summer. He is counting the days until he begins this new adventure, but as the day of his departure grows closer, I can feel myself growing more anxious. I’m…