Ben Sasse: Adolescence Is a Gift, but Extended Adolescence Is a Trap

Posted: May 27, 2017 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

During the 2016 presidential race, Senator Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, struck a chord on social media with principled opposition to his party’s nominee, Donald Trump. But his posts on the political scene weren’t the only ones getting attention. That same year, his teenage daughter, Corrie, went away to apprentice at a cattle ranch, where she performed variety of unpleasant, sometimes gross-sounding jobs. Sasse began relaying some of her text-messaged observations to his Twitter followers under the heading “lessons from the ranch.” 

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There is a silent tragedy developing right now, in our homes, and it concerns our most precious jewels – our children. Through my work with hundreds of children and families as an occupational therapist, I have witnessed this tragedy unfolding right in front of my eyes. Our children are in a devastating emotional state! Talk to teachers and professionals who have been working in the field for the last 15 years. You will hear concerns similar to mine. Moreover, in the past 15 years, researchers have been releasing alarming statistics on a sharp and steady increase in kids’ mental illness, which is now reaching epidemic proportions:

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Is “the News” Making You Sick?

Posted: May 16, 2017 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

The news ain’t what it used to be. In fact, it’s changed, irrevocably. And more and more, people are simply opting out, because they’re sick of it. So what’s going on and what, if anything, can you do to get high quality news these days, to really know what’s going on in your community, your country and around the world?

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Is porn harmful to society?

Posted: May 16, 2017 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

Another useful podcast from the Premier Show… Unbelievable

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Why Every Leader Needs Silence and Solitude

Posted: May 16, 2017 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

In essence, silence and solitude are tools God uses to restore our souls by breaking engagements with the world. This discipline is really more of a state of heart than a place. Granted, it does include away-ness from others, but as you mature you can actually be in a huge crowd and experience the rejuvenating power of solitude. It can create the ability to carry around with you your own portable sanctuary, sacred place, place of rest, connection to God even in a loud, distracting world. On the other hand you can become a hermit and never experience the power of solitude.

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Three words every young person wants to hear

Posted: April 4, 2017 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

Most of us who are parents also struggle with conversational momentum with our own adolescent kids. If you find yourself in the same “How was your day?” rut as the rest of us, let’s just go ahead and confess together that we are desperate for better language when we connect with our family after work and school.

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50 Questions To Ask Your Kids Instead Of Asking “How Was Your Day”

Posted: March 29, 2017 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

A selection of people share some ideas for conversation starters with your children when they come home from school…could be adatped for older teenagers / youth workers !

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