Author: Nathan Carpenter

  • When Your Kids “Talk Trash”

    By Joey and Carla LinkMarch 23, 2022 Trash talk. It’s another way of saying “swearing”, or “talking like a sailor”, or “foul language” and the list goes on and on. When we were growing up, even though we lived hundreds of miles apart, we both got in trouble for saying “golly” and “gosh darn” because…

  • I Don’t Want To!

    By Joey and Carla LinkMarch 16, 2022 As a parent, you have likely heard your kids say, “It’s not fair” or “You can’t make me.” In our book, “Why Can’t I Get My Kids to Behave”, I (Joey) tell a story about the time when I was 12 and playing in Little League baseball. I…

  • Practicing What You Preach

    By Joey and Carla LinkMarch 9, 2022 Have you ever heard the phrase “caught between a rock and a hard place”? Parents often find themselves there, when everywhere they turn they run into a stone wall. We all speed when driving our cars. I think the first words out of our mouths when we gave…

  • The Passive, or Quietly Rebellious Child

    By Joey and Carla LinkMarch 2, 2022 We were visiting friends who had 3 children. The kids were told to get their pj’s on and get in bed with lights out and Mom and Dad would come in to tuck them in. When Mom came back from doing this, Dad asked her why the light…

  • The Parenting Toolbox What’s in Yours?

    By Joey and Carla LinkFebruary 23, 2022 In our January 19th email we talked about what it looks like to consistently train your kids. How have you been doing since then with being consistent? When there isn’t a plan in place to help us be consistent in the training (both pro-active and re-active) of our…

  • Are You Ready for Your Kids to Start Dating?

    By Joey and Carla LinkFebruary 16, 2022 When our son was in the second grade, he got a phone call from a girl in his class at school inviting him to go roller skating with her. We knew there was a couple’s dance every night at the roller rink where they would hold hands and…

  • What Is Love?

    By Joey and Carla LinkFebruary 9, 2022 If you walked up to people the next time you go grocery shopping and asked them what love is, you are sure to get lots of different answers. The Bible, however, has just a few. The passage in the Bible most of us know that speaks about love…

  • Commanding Love

    By Joey and Carla LinkFebruary 2, 2022 February is the month to celebrate love. What do you think of when you think of the word “love”? I (Carla) like to think it means someone thinking I am important and special no matter what.    Did you know that loving others is a command? That’s what the Bible…

  • Why is Being Consistent with Your Kids So Hard?

    By Joey and Carla LinkJanuary 19, 2022 The kids were finally in bed. Michelle looked at her husband and said, “We need to kick the kids in gear. I am tired of chasing them around all day trying to find their schoolwork and get them to do their chores. They were doing good a couple…

  • Surviving Christmas with Your Kids

    By Joey and Carla LinkDecember 15, 2021 We thought this would be a good time to take a look at some of the most-asked questions we get at this time. Think about what you would do in response to the questions before you look for our answers below.  Question 1:  There’s lots to do and events to…