3 Ways We Do Spiritual Life With Our Kids

Have you ever noticed how your children pick up on your mannerisms and copy you in certain ways? Indeed, imitation is a crucial part of child development.  What children see around them, they often mirror. My children pray a certain way because they’ve seen the way my wife and I pray. As parents, we have the incredibly important job of instilling culture into our kids…

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How I Enjoy Every Single Day

Even though each day is very full, I enjoy almost every single day. Don’t get me wrong. I have bad days. I have days that as I’m going to bed, I feel like I did a bad job as a mom. Or I feel like I got absolutely nothing done. Or I feel like I’m never enough for everyone. Or that I’m not able to give everyone and everything as much of me as I’d like. But in general, I end most days very happy…

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Passing Down Values

When we think of the values we want to pass down to our children, we also think about how those practically play out in our day to day lives as habits. It’s one thing to like the idea of a value, but if it isn’t something you have incorporated into your life, it won’t likely get passed on to your children…

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ParentingSeth Dahl
Being Present

Dirty kids that need baths. Dinner on the stove. Emails coming in on our phones. Dogs barking to be fed. Horse waiting for dinner. “To Do” list with 25 things to get done. Deadlines coming up. Grass in the backyard up to my knees. This is our life…

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ParentingLauren Dahl
Parenting Through a Natural Disaster

It’s not something we like to think about, but sometimes we as parents will have to navigate how to parent our children through a natural disaster. As you probably know, our home was in the Woolsey fire here in LA. We were evacuated for a month before getting back into our home…

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ParentingSeth Dahl
You Can Create an Intentional Culture at Home

One of the keys for creating a home culture or environment we want comes from creating boundaries that work for us as parents. Something that is helpful is to realize that we have the authority in our homes to set boundaries, and if we don’t set them, there are three powerful kids who will be more than happy to set them for us. By boundaries, we don’t mean control. Sometimes when we hear the word ‘boundaries’ we think restrictions and rules. Boundaries can be a negative thing, but it can also be positive…

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ParentingSeth Dahl
The Heart of Intentional Parenting

What does it mean to be intentional in our parenting? For us, as parents, we have the joy of watching our children grow up. We walk beside them through their entire lives and watch them grow from small babies into adults. This overarching view can help us keep things in perspective…

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ParentingSeth Dahl
How to Find Stillness

Most believers can quote, “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10), but what this verse is really saying is that until we know stillness, we don’t know God. Not only that, but if stillness is where we know that He is God then without stillness, we can easily start thinking we are…

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Seth Dahl
God is in a Good Mood

About eight years ago, I took my first trip to South Africa to teach on what I call “The Four Most Important Things”. If you’re familiar with that teaching, you know that number one on the short list is, “God is in a Good Mood.” There was a young man in that audience who reached out to me recently (8 years later) and shared with me how much his life changed from hearing that.

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Seth Dahl
Managing our Energy as Parents

Most people live a good part of their lives by a schedule, but a lot of us tend to schedule things that drain the life out of us and not enough things that give us life. We get home at night and wonder why we're so drained, even if we are good at time management. It’s because there is an important second side to that coin - energy management.

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ParentingSeth Dahl
Sometimes we're Doing too Much

Simon Sinek says, “The problems millennials are facing, and the challenges their employers are facing right now, are all a result of failed parenting strategies.” To say this another way…society is forced to correct (or adjust to) whatever parents mess up. As parents with younger children, I (and maybe you) need to quickly realize what this means for us.

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Seth Dahl
The Hassle Timer

As long as it's not dangerous, I allow my children continue yelling or doing whatever it is that I don’t want them to do. I just keep an eye on the time, and let it rack up. Let’s say it takes them two minutes to calm down. They now have two minutes of hassle time.

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Seth Dahl
Do you Need Held?

One day, I was walking through the living room while my daughter was in the chair, and she had been there for quite some time. She was crying harder and was visibly very upset. As I passed her, this thought popped into my head, “Can you calm down on her own, or do you need to be held?” Sure enough, she told me that she did need to be held in order to calm down.

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Seth Dahl