When dealing with teenagers, you have a choice: let their mood dictate everything else going on, or allow them to feel their feelings while you do something different. Here’s what happened when I sprang a last-minute trip to the beach on the girls.
This week, the annual business meeting and conference of The Union of Black Episcopalians is taking place in New Jersey. I can’t help but reflect on my past years attending UBE as a child and teenager. I waited for it all year.
My daughter is learning to trust her sense of herself and her vocation. So am I.
I started to very intentionally work prayer into our daily conversation in ways that didn’t feel forced or hokey.
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation, when Mary goes to visit her older cousin, Elizabeth after accepting the call to carry and give birth to Jesus. Just why do we celebrate this event? Where’s our place in the story? Let’s find it.
How do you teach your kids and teens to be thankful? How do you practice forgiveness? I’ve find practicing forgiveness and thankfulness much like choir or cello practice. It takes a lot of work, and the work never seems to end. And I don’t just mean for our kids.
By building intentionality into our days, my girls and I make time to enjoy God’s creation.
Adults have much to offer to teens, and teens have much to teach us. This is hard work. Let’s get started.
Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog post questioning whether or not kids should be forced to attend church. The feedback was overwhelmingly in favor of taking kids to church, for a variety of reasons. If we say we want kids to come to church, then stop engaging them, our actions don’t match up with our words. Just what are we prepared to do to keep kids, teens, and young adults in church?
It’s time to be completely honest: my family hasn’t been attending church regularly. After thirteen years, we decided we needed a break. Over a year later, I’m ready for us to return. Will my family want to come with me?