Category: Parenting

A parent’s praise for Stampylonghead

Last winter, my 6-year-old begged me to bake him a cake decorated with his favorite Minecraft-playing YouTuber, Stampylonghead (aka Stampycat, Stampylongnose, Mr. Stampy Cat and Stampy). Fredrik wanted this cake - not to eat - but so we could take a picture and send it along to Stampycat himself, all in the hope of getting added to Stampy’s “Love Garden.” Naturally, as a modern mom in an age when…  [more]

Free-range kids and resurrection parenting

Earlier this summer, Kim Brooks chronicled her arrest and prosecution. Her crime? Leaving her 4-year-old son in a locked, ventilated car on a mild day while she ran into a store for five minutes. She was subsequently convicted of “contributing to the delinquency of a minor.” The last few months have seen similar stories. As a parent of four kids under 5years-old, I sympathize with Brooks. The sheer…  [more]

My daughter’s Muslim-Christian Bible study

It can be tough to promote a Bible study at a public school when you aren’t allowed to use the word Bible. After the high school administration rejected her third design attempt for a promotional flier, my daughter settled on a quote from C.S. Lewis. “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” We agreed that sounded Christian enough. Her main hope was to…  [more]

The danger in force-feeding faith to your kids

A recent story in The Atlantic suggested "children who are raised to have strong beliefs are also more likely to rebel against those views as they age." A study has shown that not only do indoctrinated children talk more about politics and thus engage other opinions more often, they also seem more willing to reject rigid beliefs and declare independence from parents, especially in college years. The focus of the…  [more]

Outsourcing our memories to Instagram

The advent of instantly posting photos online has revolutionized our documentation of our lives, especially the lives of our children. It's not uncommon now for us to take a picture a day, filling up Instagram and Facebook feeds with our everyday activities. NPR recently reported on a study of this phenomenon by Maryanne Garry, who investigates the effect of photography on childhood memory at the Victoria…  [more]

Making room for the Bible’s maternal images of God

Mother’s Day makes me think about God’s maternal side. Christianity has been guilty of a patriarchal history that has been oppressive of women. Our conception of God as masculine - God as Father or King - certainly contributes to this. Although written in patriarchal contexts, the Bible itself does not refer to God exclusively in masculine metaphors. There are, albeit few, feminine metaphors used to…  [more]

What my family gained when we lost our Christian school

A funny thing happened on the way to the library. Just fresh from the post office - where I had chatted up a neighbor in line and then laughed as the long-time clerk behind the counter teased me about my “usual” request  - I walked up the tree-lined path that leads to the library. Where I ran into a fellow mom from my kids’ school. And then a dad. After I nodded at one and stopped to talk to…  [more]

Lean in? Recline? How about ‘join the body’

I’m interested by how often I’ve seen a recent Washington Post op-ed by Rosa Brooks, questioning the “lean-in” manifesto of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, circulate in my social media. It seems that many people – not just working mothers - feel overwhelmed by competing expectations in different parts of their lives. It’s hard for us to sort out what are expectations others…  [more]

Why contraception matters, even for Protestants

Between various legal challenges and Mike Huckabee’s ill-advised statements, contraception is making headlines again. For many Christians, contraception is an issue only if it is abortifacient. But Protestants would do well to think through contraception from a broader moral and theological standpoint. The issue is connected to our view of the human person, the nature of human sexuality and marriage and our…  [more]

Super Bowl Skittles and Mary’s prayer

I admit: usually my reasons for choosing favorite athletes are based on the ridiculous. For instance, my two favorite Chicago Bears this season were Julius Peppers (because how can you not smile at that name?) and Matt Forte (because anyone who posts images on Instagram of his sweet pit bull romping through the woods gets my support). But for once - finally! - I may have stumbled on a better reason to choose an…  [more]

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