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Screens and Teens

Dennis Hutchinson —  April 7, 2015

With all the different apps & other technology available, kids have all kinds of ways to learn at their fingertips – but Doctor Kathy Koch says they still learn the most important things from mom & dad.

SCREENS & TEENS

When it looks like our priority is technology they feel like they’re in second place.  If we’re constantly checking our phone in their presence or e-mailing, or finishing a game even when they’ve entered a room & it appears they have something important to say – they feel less important in our presence than they should & that’s so damaging, of course, to their souls.

& she says if we show them screens are important, they’re going to learn to tune out the people around them.  More in her book Screens & Teens: Connecting with our Kids in a Wireless World.

Women Are Scary

Dennis Hutchinson —  April 6, 2015

Ecclesiastes 4 talks about the importance of friends – how 2 are better than one, but “anyone who falls alone is in real trouble.”   By some accounts, finding mom friends can be a totally awkward adventure, but modeling friendship for your kids with another mom may help you hit all the bases.

WOMEN ARE SCARY

Second base is a little bit more intentional.  It’s scheduling a play date at a neutral location, like a park, & you’re starting to actually get intentional about getting to know the other mom while your kids are playing.  Third base you’re getting a little more vulnerable – that’s going to be at one of your houses.  So you’re inviting a mom into your home, she might see your dirty laundry, she might see dirty dishes.  You’re getting just a little bit more open about who you are & going a little bit deeper in the relationship.

Don’t shoot the messenger, but Melanie Dale’s new book is called “Women Are Scary”, & she says parenting is already challenging enough – so it’s easier to walk the journey with someone else.

Resurrection Sunday ~ HE IS RISEN!!

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Stay

Dennis Hutchinson —  April 2, 2015

There’s nothing quite like walking in the door & having a dog there, wagging its tail, & saying “Welcome home.”  Author Dave Burchett says we should pay close attention to them – because our pups can teach us a thing or 2 about relationships.

STAY                         :25                                          Q…CARING PRESENCE.

When someone is going through a really difficult time, what you need from them is not answers, explanations, what they did wrong to put them into this position – what they need is caring presence.  So that’s what Hanna taught me, & that’s what she gave to us during Joanie’s cancer trial.  & when she had her own cancer trial, that’s what we were able to give back to her – just caring presence.

In his book “Stay”, Burchett says dogs don’t worry about the past or the future.  & in the same way, we should have no regrets about the past because it’s forgiven; no fear of the future because God is in control; & no fear of death because of Christ.

Light Up Blue

Dennis Hutchinson —  April 1, 2015

April is Autism Awareness Month.  Right now in America, 1 in 68 kids have autism – & it’s especially prevalent in young boys.  But progress is being made.

LIGHT UP BLUE                 :24                                          Q…LIGHTING UP BLUE.

Through the last 5 years we’ve been able to increase awareness over 50%, which we feel is critical to the success of our efforts in helping families with autism’s lives become a little easier.  So, on April 2nd, we ask anybody & everybody to either do it individually or encourage the companies where you work, the schools where you work, to do something around lighting up blue.

Peter Morton with Autism Speaks says lighting up blue can mean changing to blue light bulbs or getting blue gel sheets to cover your lights tomorrow.  Or it can be something as simple as wearing a blue shirt.  & he says they’re working on a project with Google to sequence the whole genomes of 10,000 families affected by autism, hoping to learn more about how it works – & how to fight it.  More at AutismSpeaks.org.