Jun 15 2010

A Dad's Role in Raising Boys

With Father's Day around the corner, we dig into the topic of a father's role in raising boys.  David Thomas, who co-wrote the book "Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys" with Stephen James, joins us this morning to talk about this important role.

David Thomas is a therapist and director of counseling for men and boys at Daystar Counseling in Nashville, Tennessee. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Connie; daughter, Lily; and twins, Baker and Witt.



5 Stages of a boy's development

1) The Explorer (ages 2-4) - As soon as a boy can walk and talk, he begins exploring the edges of his world.

2) The Lover (ages 5-8) - A boy at this stage is more sensitive to the feelings and needs of others around him, and he begins to experience his first spiritual awakening.

3) The Individual (ages 9-12) - Boys at this stage are developing a stronger sense of self and have started to consider what it means to be a man.

4) The Wanderer (ages 13-17) - At this stage, a boy will careen back and forth between his desire for adult involvement and his desire to be left alone.

5) The Warrior (ages 18-22) - Boys at this stage are full of promise, purpose, and insight in the homestretch of a long journey.

Jun 14 2010

Summer Help for Parents

If your kids are already feeling restless this summer, take some tips from teachers on how to bring order to your home:

1) Set up Routines - Routines and standards help children know what's expected of them, so they have a better chance for success.

2) Aim High - Don't be afraid to set high goals and expectations for your kids to accomplish this summer.  When they hit them, they'll feel a sense of accomplishment and want to do more!

3) Streamline Your Discipline - Make sure your children know what you expect from them behavior wise.  Also make sure they know what the consequences are if they break the rules. 

4) Show Them You Care - The best teachers are firm, but loving.  Same goes for the best parents.  So, even though you have boundaries in place, love your children lavishly!

5) Take Advantage of Your Child's Desire to Please You - Children also love striving for goals, which gives you a wonderful opportunity to be their cheerleader. 

To dig deeper on these ideas and more, check out our friends at iMoms.

Jun 08 2010

Change A Life Today - Well Done Campaign

There are 328 million people in Africa that lack access to clean, safe water. That is more than the population of the entire United States! You can help change that! We're excited to team up with Jars of Clay today for the "Well Done Campaign" - to help provide clean water for those in need.

In 2005 Jars of Clay had a dream through their "Blood:Water Mission" ministry to build 1000 clean water projects (everything from wells to filtration systems) in Africa. It was a campaign they started with K-LOVE and in the years since, 890 water projects have been funded in built. Today, the goal is to finish the work started in 2005 - fund the remaining 110 projects (each project is approximately $9,000).

To get involved call 800-516-3481 or right here online

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Jun 06 2010

Coach John Wooden

A great man of God, Coach Wooden passed away on Friday, June 4, 2010, at the age of 99. To honor a man who truly made a difference and who lived what he coached and believed, we've posted this video for you today. Also, find his quotes, amazing resources and a tribute at coachwooden.com.

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