Brett.Ullman

Are we Raising a Generation of Helpless Kids?

I have been out of teaching for 9 years myself but I saw similar things like the ones mentioned in this article when I was teaching Grades 7 & 8. Great read for parents and leaders today. Such great thoughts:

“We need to let our kids fail at 12 – which is far better than at 42,” he says. “We need to tell them the truth (with grace) that the notion of ‘you can do anything you want’ is not necessarily true.”

Kids need to align their dreams with their gifts. Every girl with a lovely voice won’t sing at the Met; every Little League baseball star won’t play for the major leagues.

• Allow them to get into trouble and accept the consequences. It’s okay to make a “C-.” Next time, they’ll try harder to make an “A”.

• Balance autonomy with responsibility. If your son borrows the car, he also has to re-fill the tank.

• Collaborate with the teacher, but don’t do the work for your child. If he fails a test, let him take the consequences.

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Megachurch With a Beat Lures a Young Flock

The church, Hillsong, has become a phenomenon, capitalizing on, and in some cases shaping, trends not only in evangelicalism but also in Christian youth culture. Its success would be rare enough at a time when religion is struggling in a secularizing Europe and North America. But Hillsong is even more remarkable because its target is young Christians in big cities, where faith seems out of fashion but where its services are packing them in.

Interesting thought: great production, energy and community!

For young Christians in cities where Hillsong has churches, it has become a magnet, combining the production values of a rock concert, the energy of a nightclub and the community of a megachurch. Many of the worshipers say they are drawn by the music but have stayed because of the opportunity to be with other young Christians, and because they believe that the churches can help transform cities, both through prayer and through direct social services.

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Why owns all the major Brands in the world?

Powerful grahics showing how a few large companies own almost everything.

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25 Ways to Ask Your Kids ‘So How Was School Today?’ Without Asking Them ‘So How Was School Today?’

It is sometimes hard as parents to get a response beyond “Good” when you ask your kids how school was that day. This article has some great questions to ask instead.

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The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families

In the things we agree on Unity, the things we disagree on Liberty but it all things Love. In all things LOVE! We seem to be missing this last one when I read articles like this one in Rolling Stone.

This is not the time or place for a debate on pro or against LGBT lifestyle but a challenge for those of us who claim to be part of Christian Faith to actual live out the things we sing, talk about and read in scripture.

When I read this article and heard that this Christian mother said this to her daughter

“I don’t know what we could have done for God to have given us a fag as a child,”

This is speaking death to someone.  The Bible is clear about the tongue and its power. The lifelong destruction by the words of these parents in this article so lack any conversation of hope, mercy and grace. It seems crazy that we have Christians kicking their kids out of their houses then other churches or organizations might be helping the same kids when they are on the street.

For those of us who work with youth this seems to be a growing conversation. Teens and Young Adults hurt and broken by the conversations and language used by parents, leaders and other Christians.

This articles leaves me with a weird feeling of great sadness mixed with great anger.

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Quote: Francois Anguste Rene Chateaubriand

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”

Francois Anguste Rene Chateaubriand: From the book Called by Kary Oberbrunner