The Bavarian Salt Mines

Introducing a New Blog Series – Exciting Travel Destinations and Tours! The Bavarian Salt Mines Did you know there are salt mines around the world? Salt is such an important mineral in our diets that we would die without it. It’s more important than having a cell phone! In Bavaria, southern Germany (bordering Austria), a salt mine lies below the town of Berchtesgaden. Take their tour. You’ll be mesmerized by a brilliant laser-light demonstration in a huge cavern at the start, followed by cool rides, crazy light displays, and sights you won’t forget. To reach the deep-mountain mines, you ride a… Continue reading

Physical Control

Strong Wills, Strong Parents – Physical Control The Adolescent Boy When we pulled into the church parking lot, my mother was steaming because of my unruly behavior in the car. My sisters and brother got out of the car, wisely gliding ahead of me to the safety of the church. “I didn’t do anything wrong.” I looked straight ahead, walking beside my mom.             “When I tell you to do something, I mean it.” Mom’s eyes gave me the once over. She grabbed my hand to walk me into the church. A couple of friends noticed what was happening and… Continue reading

Verbal Control

Strong Wills, Strong Parents – Verbal Control Have You Noticed? With each Newsletter, the strong-willed child’s age has increased. Why would I do that? I’d like you to have an example of increased response complexity for several different ages as a reference. With that in mind, let’s look at verbal control and the nine or ten-year-old. Tangling with the Tongue To Muddle Your Mind. Some children are verbal from the day they are born. They go from cooing, to words, then short sentences (like “No”), to complex reasoning and refusals. For boys, high verbosity be a little unusual, but some… Continue reading

Emotional Control

Strong Wills, Strong Parents – Emotional Control Tugging the Heart Strings Imagine a picture of a happy child. Smiles, cute poses for the camera, and a light in their eyes that makes the heart sing! And this confirms what we always knew, that children are a gift from the Lord. But what about the child with the pouty face, the one who sniffs, whines, makes sad, puppy dog frowns, and otherwise makes you feel inadequate, like something you’ve done has fouled up the relationship with your darling offspring? This child wants to play life’s guitar with happy notes one minute… Continue reading

Mental Control

Strong Wills, Strong Parents – Mental Control The Calculating Child In his book, 1Solid Answers, Dr. Dobson is asked if children are “really that calculating about their misbehavior.” His answer? “Some are; some aren’t.” A child’s desire to control their environment is ‘pre-wired’ into their operating system from the moment they’re conceived. Some are more interested in absolute control than others. Dr. Dobson continues his response with a story about a young friend of his, named Earl. This inventive son purposefully manipulated his father into such a driving rage that he came in the room swearing, beating at Earl under… Continue reading

Strong Wills, Strong Parents Intro

Strong Wills, Strong Parents: Techniques to Lead the Strong-Willed Child, Letter #1 – Intro The Series Blueprint. What can I do with my child? Who can help? How do I handle this situation? These are questions I have heard from many parents raising strong-willed children. Our own children exhibited the same condition. My wife and I found that it took strong-willed parents to lead them to future success. In the following seven newsletter articles, I’ll explore seven areas in which parents must lead their strong-willed children. These general classifications will touch on new techniques and methods for working with your children for… Continue reading

Essential Leadership Character Traits Summary

[Training Boys to be Future Leaders Summary] Pulling It All Together. I’ve covered seven different characteristics J. Oswald Sanders considers essential to leadership: Discipline, Vision, Wisdom, Decision, Courage, Humility, and Integrity and Sincerity. We’ve discussed how you can train your boys to reach these goals. These thoughts focus on parents, but apply to coaches or other leaders, too. You must add one additional ingredient to make an impact on any young man’s life. You must care about him and his training. If you don’t show it, he won’t own it. No matter how exhausted you are at the end of… Continue reading

Cleansed, Cleaned, Bought and Paid For

Scripture: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Cor 5:17 NASB Easter—the Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, a King who made Himself a servant of the people—of those He loved. We know that resurrection signals we also, as new spiritual creatures created in and through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and ascension, will be lifted up into the heavenly places. This beautiful time ahead cannot be fully known by man. In fact, when a human tries to describe the heavenly realm… Continue reading

The 7th Essential Quality of Leadership

Leadership Essential #7 – Integrity and Sincerity The Integrity Issue If you interact with anyone without integrity, you will understand quickly that you cannot trust them. The boy lacking integrity will tell you one thing and do another. Then, even when caught in the act, they will lie or try to explain away what they have done. They will not be honest. Could you work with an employee like this? Would this be a model boy to use as an example? I would say a resounding “No” in both cases. What Are Integrity and Sincerity? Integrity has several definitions. The… Continue reading

Comfort Can Be Found in the Lord

Scripture: “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Ps 34:1 NASB As our community recovers from the shooting incident that occurred on Wednesday, 2 April 2014, comfort can be found in the Lord and our salvation. I heard a news report that during a service off post where the leadership had some type of memorial for those lost, a church member asked the question “Why did this happen? Again? Many times in our lives, we will be immersed in stressful, chaotic, and sometimes devastating circumstances. If the cause is within your… Continue reading