Strong Wills, Strong Parents – Spiritual Control
Earlier Is Better Than Later.
We’re going to talk about children that are between the ages of twelve and fourteen. But it is much easier to instill spiritual control in your children when they are young.
The Gosling – Dr. Dobson’s Insights.
Dr. Dobson uses nature, specifically the ‘imprinting’ of a new-born gosling to illustrate this early teaching point. When a young gosling is born, it becomes “attached or ‘imprinted’ … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
[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 … Continue reading
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
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 … Continue reading