An Open Letter to Suze Orman

| December 7, 2011

I think this post has gone viral in the last 24 hours. It’s just plain common sense, but I can’t even count how many times people have asked us how on earth we can afford to have “so many” children. If every child cost us $700-1000 a month, then, yes, we might be in trouble […]

My Father’s Story: How a Small Kindness Can Make a Lifelong Impact

| December 7, 2011

Michelle Duggar has a great post up over at Parentables: There are a lot of reasons why serving the community is important to me, but one of them has to do with my father. His father died when he was 4 years old and my father’s mother had four babies all under the age of […]

Abstinence: A Topic Too Often Avoided

| December 6, 2011

From a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal: Spare us the statistics about fewer teen pregnancies and sexually-transmitted-disease rates falling with increased sex education. Abortion-on-demand and widespread birth control may affect the number of teen pregnancies, but they are not doing a lot for our children’s self-confidence, modesty or mutual respect. Are […]

Kids want to hear about life and love from parents

| October 3, 2011

Another great piece from Carolyn Moynihan at Mercatornet: It is complusory for New Zealand schools to provide sex education, but the programme is up to each school and is supposed to be worked out in consultation with the parent community. Parents can withdraw their children from classes. However, it is clear that parents do not […]

Smoke and mirrors

| October 3, 2011

This piece from Aussie writer Bernard Toutounji at Mercatornet is spot on: Why do governments want us to believe that smoking cannot be safe but promiscuous sex can?… I have never smoked, have never had any desire to smoke and nothing frustrates me more than walking down the street and breathing in the secondhand smoke […]

Lack of parenting to blame for teen moms

| September 30, 2011

This is a cogent letter to the editor that states what should be so obvious: throwing contraceptives and sex ed. at the out-of-wedlock birth problem is not and never has been the answer: During my 40 years in health care, I have provided care to thousands of women, the majority of which have been teens. […]

Education Choices are Not Neutral

| September 9, 2011

A thought-provoking post from Doug Phillips’s blog: Educational methodology, or pedagogy, is not neutral. For thousands of years, men have debated over educational methodology. All of these debates have centered around issues like “What is the true nature of the child?”; “What are the true goals of education?”; “What is the role of the state […]

The high cost of divorce

| August 23, 2011

From Carolyn Moynihan at Mercatornet: With cohabitation replacing marriage, divorce is receding as a cause of family breakdown, but it remains a serious problem. An article in the Washington Times cites US Census Bureau survey figures indicating that there were well over a million divorces in American in 2008 (1,087,920) giving a divorce rate of […]

Calm in a Storm: How to Stay Peaceful While Childrearing

| August 2, 2011

For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest shall ye be saved; In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15 I’m often asked about how I handle my children without losing my grip.  If you have met my four children, you would know that the […]

“Not under my roof”

| August 2, 2011

From Carolyn Moynihan over at Mercatornet: A professor of sociology wrote a week or so ago in the New York Times that American family life might be much improved if parents in the US were more like those in the Netherlands who — typically, it is implied — allow their teenage daughters to have their […]

Kids can do abstinence, data shows

| May 19, 2011

From Carolyn Moynihan over at Mercatornet: Those who insist on “safer sex” education for adolescents seem to assume two things: first, that nearly all teens will become sexually active, and second, that it doesn’t matter (they have a right to) so long as they take precautions against disease and pregnancy. Therefore, all teens should be […]

Vive la difference: gender and parenthood

| May 16, 2011

From Carolyn Moynihan at Mercatornet: In the realm of parenthood today nothing can be taken for granted — not even that a mother and father are the best thing for children, at least according to certain elites. Last year in delivering his verdict on Proposition 8 — a referendum in which a majority of Californians […]

Lose your kids, find yourself

| March 10, 2011

This has been making the rounds on the Internet and was a source of discussion on the Passionate Housewives Desperate for God Facebook page last week. There are so many things going on here that it’s hard to comment on them all, but Mariette Ulrich on Mercatornet has done a good job: Salon, the Woman’s […]

Will Christian Adoption Be Banned?

| March 4, 2011

This is a sobering story from the UK that has been making the rounds: Mrs. Johns, 62, and Mr. Johns, 65, live in the United Kingdom. They’ve raised four children and have been foster parents to a total of 15. By every measure they’ve done a terrific job. From the beginning of their fostering adventure, […]

Congrats to the Winners!

| March 1, 2011

I just held the drawing for the free Family Strategies downloads from Vision Forum. Congrats to allthatglitters_79 and angelamomma, who each win the entire set of downloads. You can see the drawing results on Random.org. If you didn’t win, there’s still time to sign up for the weekly downloads by clicking the banner below! Have […]