Parenting in 87 Words

Parenting some days—okay, many days—can feel like a war. And often, caught in our four walls, it's easy to feel like we're losing the battle. But then, just when you feel like surrendering, you catch moments like this—a big brother helping his little sister into church.

It's moments like these that make us realize that the war is already over—and that surrender, all along, was exactly the answer anyways. Besides, these kids aren't ours, they're His. May we steward and disciple them well.

Joshua Straub, Ph.D. is an author, speaker, and president and co-founder of the Connextion Group, a company designed to empower parents and families. Josh speaks and writes on emotionally safe parents and spouses and the influence of technology on today's family. He is the author of the newly released Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well (Waterbrook Multnomah) and along with his wife, Christi, is the producer and co-author of the video curriculum The Screen-Balanced Family: Six Secrets to a More Connected Family in the 21st CenturyHe wakes up each day striving to love others better beginning with his wife, Christi, and their son, Landon, and daughter, Kennedy.

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