Getting Relationships Right

I attended the “Getting Relationships Right” conference in Nashville during November. The Search Institute developed this training for leaders of schools, after-school programs, and churches to strengthen the relationships we build with young people.  It is important to remember that the consensus in research shows very strongly that developmental relationships in families play a powerful […]

Forty Assets

I recently went to a training class, titled “Raising Highly Capable Kids”, about the forty developmental assets (identified by the Search Institute) to help young people grow up to be healthy, caring, and responsible adults.  This training is designed to help parents achieve these assets. As I was learning about the forty assets, I was […]

The Gift That Keeps on Giving by Debbie Potter

The Gift That Keeps on Giving by Debbie Potter Every Sunday when the doors open at Trinity Baptist Church, children excitedly enter the doors of the Ark in the children’s building. One of the first images that the children see is the giant, life-sized elephant, which was the first animal to enter the ark at […]

Are My Kids Safe at Church? by Debbie Potter

Are My Kids Safe at Church? by Debbie Potter This is a question many parents are asking as they have read the stories in the paper recently. It saddens me tremendously to hear stories of children who were harmed at church. This is the reason we have safety policies at TBC. Sometimes it seems that […]

Traditions: Do they Really Matter? by Debbie Potter

Traditions: Do they Really Matter? Thanksgiving night, we had a “family meeting.” The intent of the meeting was to talk about Christmas traditions. As many of you know I have two adult children, 26 and 23. Included in the discussion was my sister and her adult children. Our goal was to discuss what we wanted […]

How to Help Your Kids Deal with Failure by Debbie Potter

How to Help Your Kids Deal with Failure Pain is unfortunately part of life. As parents, we want to give our children the best life possible. We want to shield them from any disappointment or setback. We want them to have a happy, flawless childhood. These are wonderful goals, but part of their childhood needs […]

Learning About Jesus by Debbie Potter

“Dad, do you like being a shepherd?” “I can’t imagine being anything else.” “But isn’t being a shepherd, you know, kind of boring? Shepherds never get to do anything that’s very important.” “The nights can get long sometimes, but how many people get to work under God’s blanket of stars? As I sit watching over […]

New School Year Resolutions

As summer is winding down and a new school year begins, it is a good time for families to make “New School Year Resolutions.” Life gets busy when we get back into all the activities that surround the academic calendar. It is a good time to discuss what your priorities as a family and as […]

Art’s Impact by Debbie Potter

Art’s Impact I am on my way to Oxford, England to make a presentation at a religious studies symposium about the impact the art work in the children’s building has had on the children at Trinity Baptist Church. As I have toured some of the incredible cathedrals in Europe, I am reminded of the impact […]

Helping Children Deal with World Events

Helping Children Deal with World Events The world can be a scary place. In the last few weeks the news has consistently been unsettling. We have heard and seen reports on terrorist attacks, racial tensions, political uprisings and natural disasters. These are overwhelming for me, but even more so for children. Our natural desire as […]