Five @ Free Flow Friday!

Another Friday is upon us. Hallelujah.

Another week gone. Hallelujah.Unknown

My children are another week older. Oh my.

Not sure about you, but the longer I am a parent, the more helpless I feel. I need ALL the help I can get! Recently I came across some extremely interesting articles about parenting – in today’s “new world.” I find it interesting that even secular writers and scientific research are saying what my dad has been saying my whole life: “The Family Life Center is Around the Kitchen Table!”

Here are 5 articles to help us parents think better and (hopefully) get better.


#1. 10 Tips to Raising Happy Kids by Eric Barker

Studies show that kids who eat dinner with their families on a regular basis are more emotionally stable and less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. They got better grades. they have fewer depressive symptoms, particularly among adolescent girls. And they are less likely to become obese or have an eating disorder. Family dinners even trump reading to your kids in terms of preparing them for school. And these associations hold even after researchers control for family connectedness…

#2. Parents, Wired to Distraction by Perri Klass

Every age of parenthood — and parenthood at every age — yields some discouraging metric, some new rating system on which parents can be judged and found wanting. We endlessly jury family dinner rituals, day care and nannies, parents’ readiness to follow schedules, or to ignore the rules and follow their child’s directives. Whatever you are doing is probably wrong. Yes, you, yes, right now. Put down that cellphone and listen to me.”


#3. 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 by Cris Rowan

“As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’m calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years. Following are 10 research-based reasons for this ban. Please visit to view the Zone’in Fact Sheet for referenced research. 


#4. From Father to Son – J.R.R. Tolkien on Sex by Albert Mohler

“‘The devil is endlessly ingenious, and sex is his favorite subject,’ Tolkien insisted. ‘He is as good every bit at catching you through generous romantic or tender motives, as through baser or more animal ones.’ Thus, Tolkien advised his young son, then 21, that the sexual fantasies of the 20th century were demonic lies, intended to ensnare human beings. Sex was a trap, Tolkien warned, because human beings are capable of almost infinite rationalization in terms of sexual motives. Romantic love is not sufficient as a justification for sex, Tolkien understood.”


#5. Who Was the Real St. Patrick? YouTube Video from “Christian History Made Easy”

This might be a good video to watch with your kids on Monday. Don’t forget to wear green, by the way. I might pinch. 🙂




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