by Kevin Swanson
Have you ever packed everything into the car for a vacation, pulled out of the driveway, accelerated up on to the freeway, and suddenly realized that you had remembered everything except for . . . one of the children? Have you ever bought a used car only to find out after signing the paperwork that the engine was missing? That is very much the way education has developed over the last century. It seems that we have remembered everything, except for what is vital.
by Kevin Swanson
I sit here in the car driving home from the office. My twelve-year-old son sits next to me and I think back on the years in which our relationship developed into what it is today. When the doctors pulled that little guy out of the womb (by C-section) almost thirteen years ago, he screamed like banshee, and just kept on screaming. . . for years, only taking a breath now and then for eating and sleeping. That’s how we were abruptly and a little rudely introduced to parenting so many years ago.
At the beginning, fathering for me involved bringing home a paycheck and a good night kiss on his forehead.
by David Quine
Shirley and I were recently asked this question. The answer is found in the challenge that is set before us. We have to raise our children to live in a non-Christian society. Dr. Francis Schaeffer wrote that we must be making a conscious effort to establish the next generation — that is, our children — on the Biblical world view so that they will be ready to face the difficult days and decisions that lie ahead. Where can we gain perspective amidst the changing educational and philosophical views?
by Israel Wayne
I was talking recently with a Christian brother who was recounting his childhood years with his father. His father was a professional athlete and trained his son to follow in his footsteps. During his growing up years, this young man did everything he could to measure up to his father’s expectations. His father was his role model and he thought his dad walked on water. However, no matter how hard he worked to please his father, and follow his instructions, he found that he could never measure up.
Nothing he ever did was good enough to meet his father’s standards. He never received any affirmation from his dad. He was constantly told that he was not good enough, didn’t do something right, or didn’t try hard enough. When this young man finally entered his twenties and stepped out from under his father’s tutelage, he decided to compete in the sporting field in which his father was a renowned expert.
by Lisa Crews
In May I permanently handed Math and Science over to my husband, Tim. I have wanted him involved from the beginning, andnow that he is it’s really hard to let go.
I had reviewed basic arithmetic with the girls for quite sometime. They had just finished turning fractions into decimals the week before. My eleven-year-old was really into it. She asked me if there was a way to predict how many places over the decimal would repeat just by looking at the numerator and or denominator. I didn’t know and said causally, “Ask Daddy.”