A recent survey of new parents in Germany has suggested that the birth of a child is, on average, more traumatizing than divorce or even the death of a spouse. Nic asked me to write a bit about why this matters for us.
The survey was conducted as an attempt to shed light on the seeming discrepancy between couples’ stated desire to have two children and Germany’s persistently low birth rate that has rested at 1.5 for forty years. If the average couple says they want two children, why are so few doing so? Continue reading Self-Inflicted Trauma
I’m planning to post articles related to issues of faith and parenting each month. In order to keep some semblance of order in the upcoming stream of posts, I will cover a theme that will span multiple months. Each month, I’ll cover a different angle within the theme. First up: family worship. I am convinced that the way parents worship makes the largest determination on whether or not their children will adopt their faith as their own.
Continue reading April’s Parent’s Corner: Worship in the Family
The land of adolescence seems to become more murky with each successive generation that passes through it . If you are a parent or someone who volunteers their time working with teenagers you know this. You also know how tricky it can be to help them navigate through those years. On one hand there are the trials and tribulations that mark the transformations of those “in-between” years known as puberty. And as if that wasn’t enough the other hand is full of the added complexities of living in the 21st Century.
Continue reading Helpful Advice for Parents: Teens and Their “Risky” Brains
Below is an email message I got from an empty-nester after the vision talks I gave a few weeks ago. I thought s/he asked some really good questions, and I wanted to pass along the answers I gave.
As we go forward and you’re fleshing out the vision and finding ways to help us all get involved with it, here are some questions empty-nesters wrestle with that may have an impact on how they participate in our inter-generational church. Continue reading Applying HPC’s Vision: Questions from an Empty-Nester