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Posts with the category “parent-resources”

Kids & Love
February 15th, 2024
from the Parent Cue Talking to my kids about love scares me. Love feels like such a massive, important topic and I’m afraid I’ll mess it up. My kids are eight and three—how can I distill the grand con...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
5 Tech Boundaries to Put in Place
October 19th, 2023
From The Parent Cue Blog On Christmas Day, kids across the world rushed to their living room to find a nondescript, squarish box with their name on it waiting under the tree. The device they’ve been w...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
5 Ways to Use Technology with Your Teenager
October 12th, 2023
From The Parent Cue Blog I’m not going to give you a bunch of statistics about how much we’re on our phones, tablets, and computers, because we already know it’s a lot—probably (definitely) too much. ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Solving Technology Issues
October 5th, 2023
From The Parent Cue Blog The next time you go to plug in one of your electronics or one of your kids’ electronics, look at the plug. Have you ever wondered why an electrical plug has 3 prongs? And wha...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Is Your Child Addicted to Technology?
September 28th, 2023
From The Parent Cue Living and raising kids in a digital world means there are so many devices vying for our kids’ attention. Managing screen time is an ever-present struggle for many parents because ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
7 Scheduling Hacks for Busy Families
September 18th, 2023
If you’re like most people, the calm—sometimes too calm—days of summer have rapidly been replaced by the full—sometimes too full—days of school, sports, and normal life. Enter: the seven hacks we al...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Balancing Your Marriage and Raising Kids
August 21st, 2023
Busyness can seem necessary and unavoidable in today’s world, but it so easily becomes a habit that takes over a family’s life....  Read More
by Mike Hurt
5 After School Conversation Starters
August 12th, 2023
From the Parent Cue. Us parents long to have a deep connection with our kids, but it’s difficult when the majority of their answers to questions are simply, “Fine.” But we can’t let their short respon...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
How to Set Your Family's Values
August 7th, 2023
From The Parent Cue Blog Every family has a rhythm. For some families, morning is crazy.Dinner may happen all together, or you may have one parent who works at night. Or sports or other activities may...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Let Them See Your Faith
July 31st, 2023
From The Parent Cue Blog As a kid, do you remember a moment when you realized that grown-ups were real people? Maybe it was standing around the grill with your dad and his friends, or listening to you...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Communicating at Every Phase
July 24th, 2023
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, an...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Sneaky Learning
July 10th, 2023
From Focus on the Family Service isn’t something that comes naturally to most people. When children are left to their own devices, they are more apt to make selfish choices. Although some may show emp...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
How to Help Your Husband Be a Better Dad
June 20th, 2023
Change the way you see him. Look at him as a dad who’s trying. See him as a man with his own unique preload, who needs help and encouragement. After all, isn’t that what you want from him? Once you be...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Every Dad Can Do It!
June 15th, 2023
From Dr. Meg Meeker When I ask a father what he needs to do in order to be a good dad, I usually get an answer like this. “I want to spend a lot of time with my kids and I want to give them all of the...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Parenting Ahead
May 4th, 2023
In the immediate timeframe, certain day-to-day parenting decisions may seem insignificant, but what we do in the early years matters. Being intentional, however, requires keeping the long view in mind...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Protect and Provide
March 30th, 2023
Currently, a battle is raging in one of our communities concerning books on the shelves of the public library.  The two sides of this issue couldn’t be further apart.  One side champions the represent...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
5 Ways to Use Technology with Your Teenager
February 16th, 2023
There are ways to use technology with your kid that enhance meaningful connections instead of replacing them. Here are a few ideas. ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
The Best Way to Communicate with Your Kid in Every Phase
February 9th, 2023
Learning to communicate well is hard, yet important work. And while you may not get it right all the time, knowing your effort and your desire to understand your child and be understood by them makes ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Your Senior Didn't Get Into Their Dream School
January 5th, 2023
Helping your senior deal with disappointment is an unwanted, yet important role as a parent. While this season may be short-lived, it will not be the last time our teenagers walk through disappointme...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
3 Conversations that Scare Every Parent
January 5th, 2023
One day you’re holding a new baby—toes in your hand and a little noggin’ tucked in the crook of your elbow. The next thing you know that baby is running past you, full of opinions, ideas and questions...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Dealing with FOMO
October 10th, 2022
In a recent message, we learned about the Biblical command to rest based on Jesus' teaching in Matthew 12. You can watch the full message here. Pastor Mike shared that in order to say yes to Sabbath r...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Lock It Down
September 6th, 2022
I'm a fairly techy (if that is a word) guy, so over the years I've had countless people ask my advise on locking down phones and devices from harmful content.  Whether that is someone fighting issues ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
3 Character Qualities that Set Your Kids Up for Success
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 ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Tackling Tough Topics with Your Kids
July 12th, 2022
We have a twelve-year-old boy and he is now, more than ever, interested in what’s going on in the world. He wants to know about things like abortion and LGBTQ rights and whether black lives matter. He...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Better Boundaries
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 g...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Warning Signs of Anxiety or Depression in Kids
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 an...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Is My Child Addicted to Technology?
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...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
6 Ways to Help Your Middle Schooler Build a Positive Body Image
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 entir...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Moms Can Make Disciples
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 tas...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
How to Have a Mental Health Check-in With Your Teen or Preteen
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-...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
How to Find the Right Routine as a Solo Parent
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, a...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Sometimes We Need to Hear What We’re Doing Right
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
by Mike Hurt
The Important Role Grandparents Play
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 gr...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Why Time Away Might Not Fix Your Stress
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 ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
How to Help Your 6th Grader Navigate Junior High Drama
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 ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
5 Things All 1st Graders Have in Common
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 Missin...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Creating Empathy in Elementary Kids
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 beg...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Advice for New Dads
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...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
5 Ways to Work Through Sibling Rivalry
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 di...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
What to Do Concerned About Kid's New Friend Group
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 ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt