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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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7 Adventures with Dad
by Mike Hurt on June 20th, 2021
“Adventures are important for fathers and sons because they create a bond like nothing else.”  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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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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Too Late to Have the Sex Talk?
by Mike Hurt on April 26th, 2021
It’s never too late to start this conversation. No one loves your teenager more than you, so who better than to have these conversations than you!  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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The Family Dinner Table
by Mike Hurt on April 12th, 2021
The family dinner table is the best place in our homes to make a lasting impact on the next generation. Food has the power to bring people together. However, eating meals together around the dinner table requires that we be intentional.  Read More
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Be an Influencer
by Mike Hurt on April 12th, 2021
“Don’t get sad when your kids start growing up. Just enjoy every minute of every phase, because each one offers something unique and important.”   Read More
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How Can I Get My High Schooler to Open Up to Me?
by Mike Hurt on April 5th, 2021
Want real conversations with your high schooler? They need it and you can do it. Check out these simple ideas.  Read More
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A Reminder Parents...
by Mike Hurt on March 23rd, 2021
In all our hearts, surely we know that the chances of our children playing sports in college, much less professionally, are very, very low. Same thing with being the valedictorian in every educational system they’re part of. Same thing about always being the president until they eventually become The President. So pragmatically, it’s helpful to remember that these activities they participate in aren’t an end in themselves; they simply can’t be because they will sooner or later end.  Read More
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Family Prayer Journey
by Mike Hurt on February 24th, 2021
Take your family on a journey to pray together. This prayer journey will take you through the next 8 weeks with a new prayer perspective or technique each week.  Read More
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The Power of Everyday Words
by Mike Hurt on February 15th, 2021
Parents, your words are powerful! Use these 10 everyday phrases to instill confidence, self-respect, and thoughtfulness in your children.  Read More
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Taking Responsibility for Our Decisions
by Mike Hurt on February 11th, 2021
It’s important for us to differentiate between bad decisions and accidents.  Read More
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Do Today What Matters Tomorrow
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
When you prioritize family discipleship, you are taking steps now that begin with the end in mind. You are investing in your kids now so that they will develop the character and faith they need tomorrow.   Read More
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Choosing Your Family's Focus
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
Leading your kids to love Jesus takes time and an intentional focus. While it may feel intimidating and you may not feel prepared, you can do it. Keep things simple and start by choosing your FOCUS.  Read More
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2021 Goals
by Mike Hurt on February 5th, 2021
Last year did a number on us all, didn’t it? For parents, 2020 delivered a one-two punch: Work from home. Wear masks. Reduce your social circle. And do it all with little ones in tow.  Read More
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5 Things My Daughter Has Taught Me About Anger
by Mike Hurt on February 1st, 2021
Angry parents can be scary to kids. As a dad, sometimes my kids get the worst from me. I get upset and snap quickly and find myself feeling embarrassed and guilty for how I speak to them. I have never physically touched them in anger, but my words wound deeply.  Read More
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