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2014 Tech Buying Guide

If Christmas weren’t daunting enough, the overwhelming amount of tech ads (especially on Black Friday) can be enough for any parent to throw in the shopping towel. Given the massive amounts of technology available for our children, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices. Our goal is to take out some of the mystery of available technology, especially the ones most promoted for gifts during the next few weeks. While you’ll see a lot of sales on these items, it’s important to be informed about what exactly you’re buying for your kids. Read on. Tablets Cheaper, lighter weight and generally trendier (think fun cases and multi-colored keypad options) than laptops or traditional desktops, tablets like the ones listed above are often considered great gifts for children and teens. It’s important for you to realize that a tablet is capable of doing anything a computer does, and because

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Why Modesty Matters to Boys Too

Ok, so let’s face it. When perusing the shelves for books or articles on modesty- the majority are aimed at teaching girls- young and old. Showing them why modesty is important, how dressing modestly helps the guys around them, how they can help their Christian brothers from lusting after them, etc. And, while these teachings have their place, I believe we MUST address the issue with our boys. Modesty is not just a girls’ issue- it has to be both. We have to teach our boys that modesty matters to them and it’s more than just a clothing issue, it’s a matter of the heart. We can’t let a generation of boys grow up thinking that modesty is all about the way a girl dresses. They have to understand from the very start: modesty means behaving in an appropriate manner, and that absolutely relates to them. When teaching my boys

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Does Teaching Modesty Harm My Daughter’s Body Image?

5 Tips To Keep Your Modest Mothering Healthy | By: Dannah Gresh | Cultural backlash against the concept of modesty has never been greater! Not only does the secular media take stabs at the Christian modesty movement claiming there are “hidden victims” but the Christian media has taken pot shots, too. I’ve addressed their criticism and held back no punches, even including a rather graphic pictorial showcase demonstrating what led the Grammy Awards to issue a modesty code for celebs in attendance. In recent months, one of the “Christian watchdogs” who claim the modesty movement to be harmful to the development of girls asked to have full access to our Secret Keeper Girl event. And we said “yes.” She came armed for battle with the intent of writing yet another critical blog and tweeting every detail of what we did to harm little girls. At the end of the night, her worst tweets

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Media’s Impact: Our Thoughts and Future

Connecting the pieces between our negative thinking and the movies, music and social networking we consume allows us to deliberately tailor our potential and opens up new opportunities to come in the opposite spirit and use media of all kinds for the glory of God. Focusing specifically on the countries I’ve visited in the past few weeks, Australia and Singapore, media defines opinions and shapes personalities. The fact that this media is often Americanized and highly hyped to an unrealistic level is often detrimental to expectations, personally and culturally. The prevalence of specifically American Media in Australia and Singapore gives testimony to the tenacity of western marketing in the eastern hemisphere and it’s willingness to adapt to attain customers- more so in Singapore than Australia. While both countries enjoy their own celebrities, the west’s influence speaks heavily into the lives of their citizens, particularly the youth. Statistics state consistently that the

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The Dark Side

Dear friends, As I’m sure many of you are aware, recent media activity specifically targeting our young people is very alarming. While this has been going on for some time, the Grammy’s (aired on January 26th) took on a much darker side than we’ve seen before.  The same evening the Disney Channel introduced their first gay parenting couple, on the prime time family show “Good Luck Charlie”, despite the best efforts of organizations such as 1 Million Moms (Disney failed to respond to the literally thousands of protest emails). Where the entertainment industry is leading our children is of the utmost concern, and the examples listed above are only the tip of the iceberg. Coming alongside some dear partners in ministry, Dannah Gresh, Dr Juli Slattery, and Moms in Prayer (to name a few), we are asking for you to set aside some crucial time for prayer this Saturday, March

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Dateless on Valentine’s?

Is your tween or teen dateless this Valentine’s Day? Perhaps you are witnessing them struggle as their peers make Valentine’s Day plans. In the face of our present culture, a dateless Valentine’s Day can leave one feeling unwanted and somewhat miserable. Your tweens and teens need to know that love is a good thing. Truthfully, it’s a wonderful thing. It’s good because God made it and, in fact, Scripture says God is love (1 John 4:16). Your tweens and teens should look forward to a relationship with their spouse. But just because their significant other isn’t on their arm at the moment, that doesn’t mean there is something lacking in their lives or they are less of a person. This may take some convincing, Mom and Dad, and you’re going to want to really pray for backup, too, because you’ll be going head-to-head with a lot of Hollywood’s messages. The

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How do I talk to my daughter about the Grammy’s?

By:  Dannah Gresh | Published:  January 29, 2014   Hopefully, you’re daughter was all tucked into bed when the Grammy’s started out with grinding Sunday night, but it’s likely that some girls her age—perhaps friends at school—were glued to the television. Pre-show media touted the 2014 Grammy Awards as a family affair. Huffington Post even offered a table talk guide and ideas to help kids ”cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture.” But what the world saw—from grinding to explicit lyrics to darkly themed performances to a “church” service— was not appropriate for young viewers, and you may need help navigating post-show conversations with your kids whether they saw the show or are just hearing about it from friends. And—whether you realize it or not—there really is something worth talking about. Her name is Natalie Grant. Grammy-nominated, five-time Dove Award winning recording artist Natalie Grant

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Miley Cyrus and the Moral Gag Reflex

De-Pornifying Culture By:  John Stonestreet | Published:  January 7, 2014   Looking at culture, it’s tempting to give up in despair. As the dad of little girls, for example, when I see the relentless objectification of women by celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, I’m tempted to think that any attempt in what William Wilberforce called a “reformation of manners” is futile. It seems that instead, in the words of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, we have to “define deviance down.” But lately, there have been encouraging signs. It’s too soon to call it a “reformation of manners” but a backlash to what one recent author called our cultural vulgarity is already asserting itself—not via the boycotts of angry culture warriors but by some of the unlikeliest cultural allies in politics, the media, and the music industry. For example, several celebrities have spoken out who’ve been repulsed by the shameless pornification of “entertainers” such as

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Avoiding Extended Family Holiday Drama

Thanksgiving is swiftly approaching and Christmas is soon to follow. And we all know what that means: hanging out with the extended fam. If this thought strikes a little fear in your heart – you are not alone. Like a lot of Christian parents, you probably spend the majority of the year protecting your children from worldly influences – in the media, among their peers, etc. But family get-togethers sometimes throw you a curve ball. Here you are hanging out with people you and your children should – in theory – feel safe around, and wham-o you get broadsided by some difficult situations. The goal of this article is to help you not get broadsided, learn how to extend some grace to yourself and your extended family, and make it through the holidays unscathed, and, hopefully, merry. Here are a few of the most common situations we run into during

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Moms, Daughters and Periods

It’s that moment all women remember. For some of us, it was the panic of thinking we were dying at the first sign of blood. For others, it started horrifically at the wrong time; like a pool party with your cute new suit. Maybe your mom said something to you like “welcome to the curse honey”. Maybe you read in a book that women are indeed cursed (thanks to Eve). When bloating, PMS and cramps set in, you might have even started to believe that too. But the reality is, that God designed our bodies the way He did. He called us “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Our bodies are specially designed. Now like anyone, there are days I don’t feel like this. We’re constantly being bombarded with extreme messages from the feminist movement, telling us that everything about our bodies is wrong. Some days it’s harder than others

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