Home congregation: Calvary, Thiensville, Wis.
Family details: Married to my lovely and patient wife Kelly. We have two awesome and fantastic kids—Josh (almost a teenager) and Kayla (now suddenly a teenager). No pets—haven’t found a hairless animal that we like yet. We love long walks on the beach as long as the garden hose stays in the sandbox long enough. But most importantly we all know Christ crucified and his perfect love for us.
What are your parenting philosophies? Ask for help frequently, ask for forgiveness often!
What portion of Scripture do you refer to most often as a parent? I have found that my struggles as a parent are usually a result of my own selfishness. My favorite passage is, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3,4). Setting aside my interests and desires and being fully present for my family is what I crave. It’s my way to demonstrate my love for the Lord in the lives of my family.
What’s the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received? Not sure which wise person told me this, but related to parenting I was once told “just don’t screw ‘em up!” Along with that useful bit of advice, my grandfather once told me, “Never leave home without prayer and Scripture.” I’ve appreciated that advice greatly.
On what parenting topic have you always wished you could find a good article? The topics have seemed to change with the age of my kids. When the kids were baby/infant age I looked for articles on proper nutrition/fostering healthy development. When they were in preschool I searched for articles on healthy emotional care/development. In grade school I searched for ideas on spiritual development. Now as the kids are approaching the teen years, I need ideas on all of the above!
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