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Posts with the category “family-discipleship”

3 Everyday Moments
by Mike Hurt on July 25th, 2022
From Christian Parents I will never forget holding my precious, beautiful daughter in my arms and tearfully confessing to my friend, “I think I’m a bad mom.” At that moment, I meant it with my entire heart. She was my third baby in three years and I was exhausted and full of hormones. I felt like I would never be able to manage it all. How would I raise all my kids? How would I remember all the ap...  Read More
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3 Character Qualities that Set Your Kids Up for Success
by Mike Hurt on July 14th, 2022
From Christian Parenting Like most well-intentioned parents, Dave and I have high hopes for our boys.  We want our sons to grow up to be good men, productive, stable, and successful. So we teach them to work hard, excel in what they do, and to never give up. In school we want straight A’s, and in sports, well, spend any time with us and you’re likely to hear a few rounds of “Go big or go home!”(My...  Read More
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Better Boundaries
by Mike Hurt on May 23rd, 2022
We all need better boundaries so that we live in healthy relationships.  That was the big takeaway from my message yesterday.    It is time to break the bad habit of codependent relationships.   The goal is to be completely dependent on God rather than codependent on anyone. Jesus was our perfect example of better boundaries and complete dependence.  He wasn't a people pleaser.  He wasn't an enabl...  Read More
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Warning Signs of Anxiety or Depression in Kids
by Mike Hurt on April 26th, 2022
from The Parent Cue As adults, it can be easy to assume that kids, particularly younger ones, have nothing to fear, worry, or be sad about. After all, childhood is known for being the most innocent and carefree stage of development. However, kids have plenty to be stressed over. Let’s start with a recent and, let’s face it, still current event: We have been living in a global pandemic for well ove...  Read More
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The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Children
by Mike Hurt on April 5th, 2022
From re|engage I’ve been on staff at Watermark Community Church working with students (grades 6-12) for 18 years. In that time, I have observed hundreds of students navigate adolescence and grow into adults; the oldest “students” I’ve worked with are now in their thirties. Many of them thrive after graduation. Their faith continues to grow, they remain connected to the body of Christ, and they con...  Read More
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Is My Child Addicted to Technology?
by Mike Hurt on March 22nd, 2022
From The Parent Cue We live in a digital world. Laptops. Tablets. Smartphones. Smart TVs. There are so many devices that occupy our kids’ attention. Controlling screen time is an ever-present task for parents, but it can be tricky because screens are literally everywhere. The challenge is this: technology isn’t going anywhere. And I’m not even suggesting that it should. But with so many screen-obs...  Read More
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6 Ways to Help Your Middle Schooler Build a Positive Body Image
by Mike Hurt on March 16th, 2022
From The Parent Cue I remember the first time I became super aware of the way I looked. It was my first middle school dance, and, as an eighth grader, this was a pretty big deal. I had waited my entire middle school career to be allowed to attend a school dance (my parents had rules). A DJ (playin’ “Ghetto Superstar and The Boy is Mine”), tons of snacks and sodas, a pretty dress, my best friends o...  Read More
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New Normal
by Mike Hurt on January 10th, 2022
One of the phrases that we all grew tired of during the early days of the COVID-19 crisis was the “new normal.”  With all of the changes, cancellations, and closures, some spoke as though things would never return to normal.  Thus, a new normal was born.  As I heard this, I fought against this idea because there would come a time again when we could return to the people, places, and things that we...  Read More
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3 Easy Steps to Building Better Relationships
by Mike Hurt on January 1st, 2022
If you’re anything like me, you often face a classic conundrum when it comes to how you’ll spend your time, asking: “Should I prioritize the important or the urgent?”And, ya know, if you’re like me, urgent matters often win. Gotta get the kids out the door, dinner on the table, work assignment turned in. Log a few hours of sleep, wake up, and repeat again tomorrow.But then, dare I say it, if you’r...  Read More
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Christmas Reading Plans
by Mike Hurt on November 30th, 2021
Tuck the story of Christmas deep in your heart and lead your family to do the same by worshiping with us this December and by reading the story of Christmas in the Bible.   Read More
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Moms Can Make Disciples
by Mike Hurt on November 16th, 2021
From Desiring God After I had my first child, and all the more after I had my second, I wondered if I would be done with ministry until my kids grew up. I wondered how I could possibly fit another task on my to-do list when I could not even find the time to eat properly unless my husband was home.Then I read about Ann Judson, who gave her life in the early 1800s to reach the people of Burma. Over ...  Read More
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How to Have a Mental Health Check-in With Your Teen or Preteen
by Mike Hurt on November 5th, 2021
From the Parent Cue Is your teen or tween behaving more differently than usual? I know, this probably seems like a trick question. The emphasis is on the word more. For example, has your usually uber-responsible fourteen-year-old neglected to take the dog out again, forgot two class assignments in a row, and just failed an exam in his easiest subject? Or has your outgoing, mild-tempered eleven-yea...  Read More
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The Best Way to Communicate with Your Kid in Every Phase
by Mike Hurt on October 30th, 2021
One of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do in your parenting is learn how to communicate with your kid. Communication in and of itself has never been easy, but add an age gap, youthful angst, and a budding vocabulary, and you might find yourself feeling like you’ll never get it right, that you and your child will always be in a perpetual state of misunderstanding each other.That feeling is t...  Read More
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How to Find the Right Routine as a Solo Parent
by Mike Hurt on October 5th, 2021
“Daddy” is my favorite name, and being daddy is the most rewarding position I have in my life. But a little over a year ago, after my wife lost her battle to breast cancer, I became “mommy” as well, and that was something that I could have never prepared myself for. You see, life still goes on even after you lose the person you’d planned on doing the rest of your life with.  Read More
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Sometimes We Need to Hear What We’re Doing Right
by Mike Hurt on September 28th, 2021
Yes, kids need correcting. But on this day, I began to understand two things: Sometimes the heart needs to hear what it’s doing right. And, correcting is better received in small doses.  Read More
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The Important Role Grandparents Play
by Mike Hurt on September 21st, 2021
More and more, I’m met with the fact that parenting isn’t a formula, and every kid is very different. I can’t expect my adult children to parent their kids exactly the way I parented them. So, as a grandfather for six years now, here’s what I am learning so far.  Read More
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Why Time Away Might Not Fix Your Stress
by Mike Hurt on September 14th, 2021
From the Parent Cue Let me guess. You feel like you really need to de-stress.Of course you do…you’re a parent.Pretty much every parent I talk to is tired. Well, more than just tired. Stressed. Deeply stressed.And kind of exhausted.There’s a fatigue that comes with parenting that’s a little hard to describe. Throw a global pandemic into the mix and you’ve got stress on steroids.You know what most f...  Read More
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How to Help Your 6th Grader Navigate Junior High Drama
by Mike Hurt on September 12th, 2021
Put any sixth-grade class up against the latest hit reality show and you’ve got yourself a real contest. Help your preteen tone things down a bit—and maybe even enjoy life a whole lot more—with these simple tips.  Read More
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5 Things All 1st Graders Have in Common
by Mike Hurt on August 8th, 2021
Enter a room full of six- and seven-year-olds and you’re bound to spot one thing right away: the cute little gaps of kids who whistle while they talk. Forget calling it first grade. This is the Missing Teeth Club. And the similarities don’t stop there. Here are five things all first graders have in common and what you can do to leverage this phase of life.  Read More
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Creating Empathy in Elementary Kids
by Mike Hurt on August 8th, 2021
People of all ages have feelings and we want our kids to respect and honor those feelings. After all, empathy informs how our kids interact with the world at large—especially as they grow. We can begin to plant the seeds of empathy now that will serve our kids and others for a lifetime.  Read More
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Advice for New Dads
by Mike Hurt on July 5th, 2021
From the Parent Cue I was 28 when I found out I was going to be a dad.  Back then, I still thought I had what it took to be a rock star, even more so a dad.  (And to be clear, I had absolutely no idea what it took to be either of those things.)Now, with my eldest daughter about to turn 21, and my other two girls in their late teens, there are a lot of things I would tell my younger self if given t...  Read More
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5 Ways to Work Through Sibling Rivalry
by Mike Hurt on June 28th, 2021
From the Parent Cue Like with most things in parenting, we’re better off if we tackle problems proactively rather than waiting around for them to pop up again. That’s why the first four items we’ll discuss are designed to take place in moments of peace. In our home they’re just part of the routine.And when sibling conflict happens—because you know it does—we have a plan for that too. After all, a ...  Read More
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What to Do Concerned About Kid's New Friend Group
by Mike Hurt on June 28th, 2021
From the Parent Cue Your kid is going through about a million-and-one changes in the middle school phase. So much is changing about them so quickly that it can seem like nothing is ever the same from one day to the next.One day they love basketball, the next they don’t. One day their voice is normal, the next it’s cracking. One day their friend group is amazing, the next it’s completely fractured....  Read More
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Dealing with Anxiety when Your Teenager Gets Their License
by Mike Hurt on June 9th, 2021
Your teen is all excited. After months of training and meeting all the state requirements, they passed their driver’s license test. After the appropriate social media posts declaring their good news, and giving other drivers adequate warning (with that vital driver’s license info blurred out), you quickly realize what this accomplishment means as they pull the car out of the driveway on their first solo drive.  Read More
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How to Survive Your Preschooler's Tough Questions
by Mike Hurt on June 2nd, 2021
From the Parent Cue. I tucked my daughter’s chair under the table for breakfast and encouraged her to say her grace before eating.“God is great . . .” she began the standard prayer.“God is good . . .” she continued.Then, the hatchet:“Mommy, what if God isn’t great? What then?”I wish I could brag about how well I handled her question. Really, I wish I could. Instead, I hang my head in shame as I ty...  Read More
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How to Have a Healthy Disagreement with Your Kid
by Mike Hurt on May 28th, 2021
As your children grow out of infancy and further into childhood, disagreements will become a normal part of life. When you’re a parent, of course, this can grow quite exhausting! You may find that the older they get, the more things there are to disagree about.  Read More
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5 Tips for Co-parenting After Divorce
by Mike Hurt on May 25th, 2021
From the Parent Cue If you’ve read any blog I’ve ever written about divorce, I always say the same thing at least once—no matter the circumstances surrounding your separation, getting divorced sucks.That being said, there are things you can put into practice that take away some of that suckery. In fact, you can find some peace—even joy—in co-parenting.  I share three girls with my ex—ages 12, 8, a...  Read More
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4 Fun Prayer Activities to Try with Your Kids
by Mike Hurt on May 20th, 2021
From blog.youversion.com Getting children excited about prayer can be challenging. Images of people praying typically show someone standing calmly with their head bowed and eyes closed. That’s hard for many people, let alone a kid who’s now stuck at home all day.But prayer is simply talking with the God who says, “let the children come to me.” God loves to hear the honest cries of your children’s ...  Read More
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How Do I Engage My Family in God's Word?
by Mike Hurt on May 20th, 2021
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living…2 TIMOTHY 3:16  Read More
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Making the Most of Family Time
by Mike Hurt on May 20th, 2021
When you create safe spaces for your kids to play, experiment, ask questions, and most of all — to have fun with you — you build long-term trust and a deeper relationship. Here are some fun, easy activities you can do with your kids to make the most of your time together.  Read More
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4 Signs Your Kid is Losing Confidence
by Mike Hurt on May 10th, 2021
From the Parent Cue Kids seem to be born confident creatures. They have no problem expressing their needs (sometimes, quite loudly).They’re secure in their appearance (hello, polka dots and stripes).They make it clear when they don’t like something (baby boundaries in full effect).Quite simply, they believe they can do anything and that the world is theirs.Then, something happens. Perhaps, it’s li...  Read More
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Marking Milestones
by Mike Hurt on April 26th, 2021
“If something is changing in my kid’s worlds, I need to personally connect with them and lead them to the next phase.”  Read More
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3 Things to Think About As Your Kids Get Older
by Mike Hurt on April 19th, 2021
“What gets celebrated gets repeated and what is repeated sticks.”  Read More
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Moments Matter
by Mike Hurt on April 19th, 2021
Family discipleship moments are about being prepared to take advantage of opportunities to communicate God’s truth in whatever circumstances come your way.  As parents, we must be committed to capturing and leveraging opportunities in everyday life for the purpose of leading our kids to believe in, love, and follow Jesus.We see the challenge to adopt this mindset in Deuteronomy 6.    "4 Hear, O Is...  Read More
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3 Questions to Ask Before Saying Yes
by Mike Hurt on April 19th, 2021
From michaelkelley.co I am consistently amazed by the sheer volume of opportunities there are for children in today’s culture. It seems like everywhere you turn there is a permission slip, a tryout, or a sign-up form for some activity. There are travel sports teams, art lessons, school musicals – you name it, and it’s all out there waiting for us to say “yes” to on behalf of our kids.It’s all a li...  Read More
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Bed Time Blessings
by Mike Hurt on April 16th, 2021
Setting a nightly routine with your kids can establish a consistent rhythm of praying for and encouraging your kids no matter their age.   Read More
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How to Apologize to Your Middle Schooler
by Mike Hurt on April 15th, 2021
Enter middle school. I woke up to a different human being living in my house.  Read More
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Messy One Year Olds
by Mike Hurt on April 14th, 2021
Sweet discovery is what this phase is made of. It’s what makes patience and endurance such prized commodities for the parents of this age. You are helping your one-year-old navigate the mess of discovery  Read More
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Managing Preschooler's Emotions
by Mike Hurt on April 13th, 2021
When you or I have a rough day, we have a track record. Frustrating as it may be to spend a whole day on a project that gets scrapped, we know tomorrow still has the potential to be a good day. Preschoolers simply don’t have the life experience to see past the present instant. Emotion is reality. As far as they are concerned, what they feel in the moment is how they will feel always-and-forever-the-end.  Read More
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It's About Time
by Mike Hurt on April 12th, 2021
While most of us find it difficult to find more time in our day, we can all find ways to incorporate our faith into the daily rhythm of our life.  Read More
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