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When Patience Isn’t Enough

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“Mom!” “Mom, she said these shoes aren’t mine!” “Mom, the dog has a toy!” “Mom, he’s touching me!” This is the chorus of my home and surely I’m not alone. The “mom melodies” as I’ve dubbed them get louder and stronger the more time we spend together. Therefore, during the summer, amidst the bird and bug sounds, there are also the not-so-melodious sounds of my children fighting. It’s frustrating, exhausting, and sometimes, patience just isn’t enough. You know those days—the days where you feel yourself reaching the end of your rope before 10:00am. The days that your jaw hurts from clenching and tears are pooled in your eyes before breakfast is off the table. We’ve all had them. We’ll all have them again. So, what do we do when patience isn’t enough? Some days we need more than patience;...

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Summer “Son” Sessions

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Several years ago the “WWJD” acronym (What would Jesus do?) took off like hot cakes, with everyone wearing bracelets and t-shirts. Although the movement has since declined in momentum, the core principle behind the WWJD phrase remains relevant to young children. If we want to raise godly young children who love the Lord and choose to be obedient to a Jesus-centric lifestyle, then it starts with understanding His character, thoughts, and promises. As parents, teachers, and mentors, it’s our role to foster this understanding. But how do we do that well? Answer: We make a purposeful commitment to something I like to call “Summer Son Sessions.” Summer is a great time to engage the hearts, minds, and activity of children who are out of school and frequently bored. Summer Son Sessions are nothing more than short, 5-minute chats about...

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Raising Children to Have a Heart for God

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Research shows that one out of four children will not continue to attend church after leaving home. I have three sons, twins who are ten, and a 9-year-old, and I desire for them to have a heart for God. When I learned about this statistic, I was deeply saddened and asked God for wisdom on how I could raise children who would love Him, who wouldn’t just attend church as a social gathering. It came to me that a relationship with God must be developed. Here are some principles that are helping me cultivate my children’s heart for God: Pray with Them Daily When they wake up in the morning, say a blessing over their lives.When they go to bed, pray over them. Speak life into those precious gems. Teach them the Lord’s Prayer and have them say it...

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“Daddy Get You”

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

I felt the rhythmic cadence of tiny footfalls, followed by much heavier rumblings vibrating the floor. I rolled over and tried to blink the weariness from my eyes. Light was streaming into the windows, and a quick glance at my phone told me it was almost eight o’clock. Eight o’clock? I must be dreaming. I couldn’t remember the last time I had still been lying in bed at such a late hour. “Daddy get you! Daddy get you!” I heard the words being yelled from tiny little lungs and followed by an excited shriek—a shriek that could only mean that Daddy did, in fact, “get you.” Memories of the early Saturday morning hours rushed back to me. Benjamin, our two year old, decided his day needed to start at 5:30 AM. He then decided that Mommy needed to start...

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Beware the Small Cracks

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

A few years ago we found ourselves in the middle of some minor household renovations. It didn’t start because we planned to update a room. It began because of a small problem. We had a small crack in one of the pipes in our bathroom. It was so small it seemed more of an irritation rather than an actual problem. By the time we got around to dealing with it, the damage was extensive. They had to cut out several large sections of sheet rock and replace it. Other than the time, as well as the money, there was also the mess and general disruption to our lives. As I watched them fix the mess we’d made by ignoring a small crack, I couldn’t help but draw the parallel between that and parenting. So often we tend to ignore...

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Happy Father’s Day!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads from all of us at Just 18 Summers. Thank you for all you do for your families. We hope you have a wonderful day! Join us at for our parenting blog each Monday-Friday and for info about the Just 18...

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