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Unapologetic Christian: The Matheny Manifesto

Mike Matheny, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team, has been gaining headlines recently for his new book The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager’s Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life.  That’s a long book title with a simple, yet heart piercing message for today’s parents. ...

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Setting The Example of Good Authority

We all have our own relationship with authority. Some people grow up with two loving parents and experience the benefits of good authority: Mom sets boundaries for her children, yet instills the value of choice, and presents her children with options. Dad might come across as firm, or even strict, ...

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Does grounding a teen work?

“You’re grounded!”  Angry voices, hardened hearts and slammed doors often punctuate the punishment.  How effective is grounding a teen?  A better question focuses on the goal of the grounding:  punishment or discipline.  Is the grounding a reactive response to undesirable behavior?  Or is it a forewarned consequence with proactive aspects?  ...

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Dad, Can I have ten bucks?

The kids may be grown, but there is a scene played out in many homes on a regular basis: Caller-id told me who was on the other end.  Experience told me what the caller wanted.   “Dad, I really hate to ask.  BUT is there anyway you could let me have ...

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