With Christmas around the corner, as a student, I’m a little overwhelmed – ok, really overwhelmed. I want to make things meaningful and enjoyable with my friends and family, but in the past things have been tense. Do you have any practical tips or things I can do proactively to make this Christmas season joyful and keep my sanity?
Overwhelmed and Worried
The sun was just beginning to crest the mountains and spread scattered light through the trees. The quiet morning air was beginning to fill with the chirp of birds or the whistle of wind through the tall ancient pines. I could feel the cold mountain air in my lungs as I took an extended deep breath. I looked back at my tent and took in this beautiful woman lying there, still asleep. My wife. The moment sunk into my mind. I was married and spending a weekend away camping with my wife. Incredible.
This is a two-part question: My friend and I got into an interesting discussion the other day about Halloween and whether Christians should engage or not. Things got heated and we ended angry with each other and frustrated at the conversation. First, can you give some advice on how we might reconcile after the blowup? Second, can you share thoughts about Halloween and how Christians should or should not engage?
Signed, Slightly Spooked.
As parents, there can be a mix of emotions as your children age. It is exciting to watch them learn new skills and find new passions or interests. It can also be a sad time as you watch them grow and begin to move away from home. Dr. Chris Grace outlines 5 mistakes that parents often make as their children become more independent.
When parents have children, interesting questions arise: how will you teach your children life lessons? Will they learn as you model things for them? Will you need to explain how to behave or how to listen? In this article, author Arlene Pellicane writes on this topic, to encourage parents to think about how to launch adults as opposed to babysitting children. What do you think of her approach?
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