Integrity-The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality

I have been reading “Integrity – The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality” by Dr. Henry Cloud (the same guy who wrote “Boundaries”).  I still have a ways to go but I thought I would start posting some of my notes here in case anyone is interested.  The notes were originally written for me as “memory helpers” so they my seem a little scatter-brained or overly summarized…but if you take your time and think about each topic there is a wealth of wisdom in much of what Dr Cloud has to say.  If you would like more meat I would encourage you to purchase his book. Continue reading Integrity-The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality

Media (and the evil flowchart request :-)

Prior to creating this blog I had an email exchange with a couple friends of mine that I thought might be worth sharing.  Here is my original email:

Bethany and I have been very careful with the media that we bring into our house. We haven’t had cable or satellite TV since Haven was born, we have been careful what DVDs we rent, and we try to live by the policy of “if its not good for our kids to see than its probably not good for us to see” (although we have broken that principal many times). However, when it comes to video games the only thing I have really limited from my kids is first-person-shooters. This weekend I was sitting in my office and Noble was playing a game of BFME with Canaan. He was saying things like:

I’m going to send my Nazgul to kill you

I’m going to use my wizard’s magic powers to destroy your armies

My trolls are more powerful than your goblins. Continue reading Media (and the evil flowchart request 🙂

Character Traits (and Shabbat)

As a parent I am always looking for ways to build character in my children (and myself).  My family has just started what I hope will be a tradition called Shabbat.  We are not Jewish but I thought I would include the link so you can see what inspired the idea.  It is our goal to not make Shabbat a legalistic event in our household but rather a time that we look forward to.  We have only had a “Shabbat” a few times now but here is what we do: Continue reading Character Traits (and Shabbat)

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