Do Your Kids Know Why They Need God?

A few months ago, my 6-year-old daughter asked a question that has had me thinking ever since: Mommy, why does God matter so much? It was the most fundamental of questions, really. Yet I was embarrassingly uncertain of how to answer it in a way that meaningfully encapsulates the full answer for her. I've thought about the question many times since she first asked it, and it's always bothered me that I haven't quite been able to put my finger on how best to reply. Meanwhile, in the last Read More...

How to Get Your Kids to Ask More Questions About Their Faith

The most popular post on my blog is one I wrote last year called, The Number One Sign Your Kids are Just Borrowing Your Faith (and Not Developing Their Own). That post has been read by more than 80,000 people and shared almost 14,000 times. … [Continue reading]

What the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means for Christian Parents

I was tempted to not write anything at all about the same-sex marriage ruling. So much has been written on this in the last week that I don't see how one more person's take could possibly be valuable. And, valuable or not, no matter what I say, … [Continue reading]

18 Recommended Resources for Learning About Creation and Evolution Views

After my last post, 4 Key Points Christian Kids Need to Understand About Evolution, I had many requests for resources to help parents learn more about the varied views of origins. Ask and you shall receive! This post is my answer to those … [Continue reading]

4 Key Points Christian Kids Need to Understand About Evolution

The other day, I saw a post on Facebook from a mom who was concerned because her teenage daughter was turning away from God after learning about evolution. The mom was considering pulling her out of public school because she wasn't sure what to do … [Continue reading]

6 Signs Your Kids Will Eventually Believe “Nothing in Particular”

By now, you've probably seen the headlines from the most recent Pew Forum study on religion in America: The number of Christians continues to decline sharply, while the number of those who are "unaffiliated" with a religion continues to grow by leaps … [Continue reading]

Heaven and Hell: How to Explain God’s Love AND Justice to Kids

Lately, my two daughters (ages 6 and 4) have been arguing incessantly every morning. It's the first thing I hear every day, echoing from down the hall: "Stop staring at me!" "Then leave my room!" "You're so mean!" "No, you're the meanest … [Continue reading]

Why Setting a Good Example for Your Kids is Overrated

I recently asked on my blog's Facebook page what parents thought the hardest part of Christian parenting is. A lot of people responded, and there was a clear theme: setting a good example. Over and over again, parents were concerned about their … [Continue reading]

Are Christians Less Intelligent Than Atheists? Here’s What All Those Studies REALLY Say

Today I want to shed light on a nasty little "fact" that regularly makes the rounds online: Studies show that Christians are less intelligent than atheists. This statement is proudly tossed about by atheists who want to reinforce their claims … [Continue reading]

5 Changes Elementary Sunday Schools Need to Make…ASAP

As all the studies started coming out in the last decade on how at least two-thirds of young adults are turning away from Christianity, a lot of attention started turning toward high schoolers. That attention is rightly placed, given that high … [Continue reading]

4 Reasons the Internet May Influence Your Kids’ Faith More Than You

Hi everyone! I finally finished my book and am now back for regular blogging. It won't be out until February, but I'll keep you posted as it gets closer to release. Thanks so much for sticking with me while my blog was quiet. A couple of years … [Continue reading]

A Sneak Peek at What’s Inside My New Book

(I want to apologize to those who received this post via email when it had the typo "sneak peak" in the headline. This is what a lack of sleep while finishing a book does to a person. Please forgive my inadvertent reference to a mountaintop in the … [Continue reading]

How I’m Teaching My 6-Year-Olds to Be Critical Thinkers

Last week, someone left the following comment on my blog post, How Secular Family Values Stack Up: A Response: "This is your interpretation of Christianity, but not the only one. Any number of versions of God–or Christ–may exist, and not all will … [Continue reading]

Yoga and Martial Arts for Children: A Dangerous Spiritual Path

Today I'm honored to share this guest post from Mark McGee. Mark is a former atheist who was led away from his Christian upbringing by the philosophies he learned in yoga and martial arts. He now shares his story to help warn Christian parents about … [Continue reading]

How Secular Family Values Stack Up: A Response

  Last week, there was a fascinating opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times titled, How Secular Family Values Stack Up. The author, Phil Zuckerman, is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College. When I say … [Continue reading]