“Time to go to church!” But why? When I was young I remember pretending to sleep in one Sunday morning. Don’t tell! Over time I learned
By The Time A Child Is Six
By the time a child is six they are a living, walking blueprint of who they will be for the rest of their lives. Will
5 High-Value Parenting Habits from my Parents’ Generation (That We Can Bring Back)
A parenting degree doesn’t exist. Nothing can prepare you. As social scientist William Doherty says, parenting is “a high-cost/high-reward activity.” There’s nothing like those wonderful giggles.
Raising Boys (We need to support and encourage what makes them different)
This just appeared in the February print edition of The Presbyterian Record magazine. It’s a shortened take on my longer blog from March 2014. Enjoy!
My Dad Just Died. Quickly. Here’s What I Said At His Funeral.
(My dad, Eric Ruttan, died on Sunday, November 16th. He lived 2 months less two days after being diagnosed with aggressive cancers in several parts
10 Things To Improve Your (Young) Kids’ Lives Starting Now
This isn’t one of those lists that tells you to start doing a bunch more things so that (a) you have more stuff to do
Talking To Your (Small) Kids About Easter
Last year I blogged about this very thing. So here it is again with a few tweaks: How do we teach our children about the
4 Easy Ways to Change the World (with your kids) This Month
Okay, I admit it. That title promises a lot! But think of it like this: I once heard someone talk about how people think they
Helping Our Kids Have Faith
Will our kids believe? Do they? This is a big question. Even before I had kids I was reading about our own homes being mission
How Do You Talk To Your Kids About Easter?
I was chatting with a parent this week. She wanted to be thoughtful and faithful about it. Yes, the Easter bunny is around. But how