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      Supernanny Bloopers

      If you’ve been following along, you know that Leanne and I have been using clips from Supernanny to spark conversations with other parents. Here’s a video clip that won’t make it to our weekly meetings.

      R-E-S-P-E-C-T

      Last night, we discussed the subject of respect in our parenting discussion group. The group went really well (I thought). I am blown away by God’s goodness as we humbly approach this thing. Each parent was active in our discussion. Here are a couple of the things that hit me this week:

      – Respect is earned, not given.
      – It is never too late to change. There is always hope.
      – When we positively parent our children we are not just impacting our kids; we are having a positive influence on generations to come.

      If you get a chance, look up Exodus 20:12 and Ephesians 6:1-4. These were two of the passages that came up during our discussion.

      Until the next post…

      Supernanny – Routine

      Last night, we had our official first Supernanny parenting group discussion. We discussed the topic of routine. For those of you don’t know, routine or schedule is a normal part of my life. I wake up early to exercise and spend time with God. I eat breakfast most every day. I drive to work (to the office or to a job site). I work. I’m usually home by 5PM. And I have a general routine for the evening.

      At any rate, this discussion made me think about some of the places in the Bible that talk about time and how we spend it. Here’s a couple that I came up with:

      1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

      2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:2-6

      I was challenged last night to be more intentional with the time I spend with Leanne and the kids.

      Next week, we’re talking about R-E-S-P-E-C-T. We’ll see how it goes.

      Until the next post…

      Words Are Like Toothpaste

      Did you ever say something that you wish you hadn’t said? I’ve had that problem for years. It’s sometimes like I say something before the words fully form in my head, and I’m left with regret and the awful taste of shoe leather in my mouth.

      If you think about it, our words are like a tube of toothpaste. Just for fun, try squeezing a whole tube of toothpaste onto a paper plate. Make sure you get it all out of the tube. Now, try to put the toothpaste – ALL of it – back into the tube. Good luck! It’s impossible to do it. It’s the same way with our words. As soon as they come out, try as we may we just can’t fit our words back into our mouths.

      James wrote a verse that speaks pretty well to this subject.

      19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because our anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

      Last night at our parenting discussion group social event, we did an exercise with toothpaste to show kids (and parents) the power of our words. What a great way to kickoff the group.

      Until the next post…

      Count Down to Supernanny!

      Tomorrow night, we officially start our parenting discussion group (see the previous post). We have ten families signed up for this (not counting our family). So we’re looking at 20 adults and 20+ kids. We’re having a social event tomorrow evening, and we will officially start our discussion next week as we focus on “routine.”

      We’re praying that this will be a positive thing for parents in our area. Also, we’re praying that God would use this group to spur people on towards increased involvement and community at our church. Finally, we’re praying that our babysitters will not only survive but thrive in what is sure to be initially chaotic.

      We value your prayers and support as we begin this adventure.

      Until the next post….

      Super Nanny Comes to Schwenksville

      Leanne and I are preparing for a “parenting discussion” group that we are hosting this fall. Here’s a clip from the advertisement that we put out to plug our group:

      Super Nanny Comes to Schwenksville!
      Parenting has got to be one of the toughest jobs. Wouldn’t it be great if you had the tools to help you succeed?
      Check out a discussion group designed just for you! Together, we’ll use clips from the ABC series, Super Nanny, to kickoff discussions about a variety of parenting topics.
      You’ll leave each week with practical advice from other parents, insights from the Bible, and a fun activity to try at home with your kids.
      Starting Tues., Sept. 18, 2007 and finishes up Nov., 13, 2007 at the home of Jon and Leanne Stolpe

      We’d love to know what you think. We’re finalizing discussion topics, questions, and take home applications as we speak.

      Until the next post….
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