Showing posts from June, 2011


OPEN DIALOGUE WITH YOUR CHILD Proverbs 25:11  Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances From June 30, "Daily In Christ" devotional by Neil Anderson All discipline must be based on prior instruction. Make a clear statement of your expectations for a given situation and the consequences for disobedience. Ask your child to repeat what you say to make sure he understands. Then invite his questions and comments. Honest and open dialogue after disobedience is a powerful means of discipline. Many children would rather face a paddle than verbal confrontation. Even parental silence communicates volumes. For many children, sitting emotionally exposed before an authority figure is much more threatening and shameful than a simple spanking. What is the motivating deterrent behind a verbal confrontation? The fear of being called into accountability. We find that in our relationship with the Lord. We fear Him because we are going to stand before

It's the Ads, Stupid: Why TV Leads to Obesity

It's the Ads, Stupid: Why TV Leads to Obesity By  Alice Park   Monday, June 27, 2011 in How much TV do your kids watch? If you don't know, you might want to find out, say experts, since the time children spend in front of a TV or computer screen can have a profound effect on their physical and developmental health. In a new policy statement on the role of media on obesity, the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Council on Communications and Media warns parents that TV watching doesn't just make children more sedentary, but also influences their eating habits, which in turn has consequences for their health. In other words, it's not just that TV watching encourages youngsters to be less physically active, but it also exposes them to food advertisements that contribute to develop poor eating habits that can set kids up for health problems as adults. “We created a perfect storm between media use, junk and fast food advertising, and physical in

What Have I Done?

What Have I Done?                     A Father 's Remorse, by Charles Colson, June 17, 2011 On Father’s Day, many young dads spend a happy day with their children -- kids who give them garish ties or cook them a breakfast of rubbery eggs and burned toast. But to some fathers, the day is spent in anguish. It’s a day spent, not with their children, but with their memories of the children they helped abort. Among these men are former Aerosmith rock star Steven Tyler, now a judge on “American Idol.”  When Tyler was in his twenties, he and his 16-year-old girlfriend, Julia Holcomb, learned they were having a baby. Tyler was initially happy about becoming a father. But five months later, he changed his mind. He convinced his reluctant girlfriend that she had to abort their baby. The abortion was a nightmare. A doctor punctured Holcomb’s uterus with a large needle, and she went into labor.  The baby boy was born alive and left to die. In a book titled   Walk This Way,   Ste

How Much Privacy Does My Kid Give Up in an Hour?

The following is an article written by Christiana Tyman-Wood and first published in "Common" on 6.01.11.   This article gives parents an excellent perspective of how their children are being bombarded with information while they are on the Internet.  Hopefully, as you become aware you will help your children understand what is appropriate and acceptable for your family.  - Al Menconi, editor of, Al Menconi Ministries.   Helping parents and leaders overcome the influence the entertainment media has on their families, motivate parents and leaders to connect with their children and teach parents and leaders how to communicate and model values to their children. How Much Privacy Does My Kid Give Up in an Hour? I'm settled in a comfy chair watching my baby (age 12) trade away her privacy as she does homework, shops, plays silly games, and exchanges mindless repartee with her friends. In an hour online, she has given up countless secrets. She

Hollywood Pushes a Liberal Agenda? Really? I Had No Idea!

The new book  by Ben Shapiro, called  "Primetime Propaganda"  makes the case that TV industry executives, writers, and producers use their clout to advance a liberal political agenda. The author bases his thesis on, among other things, 39 taped interviews.  Each contains a snippet of an interview by a high level industry executive who casually and often proudly agrees with Shapiro's thesis.   This link is the first of many "live quotes" from industry executives he'll roll out piecemeal during the next three weeks.   In one video, "Friends" co-creator Marta Kauffman says that when she cast Candace Gingrich-Jones, half-sister of Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the minister of a lesbian wedding, "There was a bit of [a middle finger] in it to the right wing." Kauffman also acknowledges she "put together a staff of mostly liberal people," which is another major point of Shapiro's book: that conservatives a

Your Children Are Living In A Foreign Culture

I believe parents MUST understand this basic principle in this 3 minute video clip  before they are able to understand, connect, and communicate values to their children? It will only take you 3 minutes to watch and it could change your world and help you become a better parent.  This clip is taken from Al Menconi's complete two hour seminar for parents called, "Keep Your Kids Safe In This Internet Age!"  You may order the DVD and/or the book, RECONNECT , that inspired the video.   Let me know what you think.