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VHE Blog

From time to time we post helpful tips and other resources from our featured speakers.

Ten Practical Ways to Keep Kids Safe From Predators

Hal & Melanie Young

The past couple of weeks, we've been talking to and praying for friends who've been dealing with a great grief. Their young son was molested while he was visiting with his beloved grandparents. It was a young adult, a trusted friend of the family, who victimized their child. The parents are heartbroken. Sadly, this is happening more and more frequently. As more and more people become enslaved by porn, more of them will eventually act out their sick fantasies. Law enforcement statistics are showing this trend. It's important that you take some basic precautions to protect your kids. 1. Trust your gut. If you feel uneasy about someone, don't let them be alone with your kids. Sometimes the Holy Spirit is trying to tell you something and you need to listen. Or, you might be picking up on subtl...
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A Philosophy of Mothering

Jennifer Pepito

I have a confession to make. I might have a slight addiction to parenting books. I am so enamored with my children, and with the high calling of raising them, and this drives me to read and study all that I can about how to do this well. The only problem with all this study of parenting is that it can often lead to confusion about how to actually parent. Since every book that I read has a slightly different take on the job, It can lead to feeling overwhelmed as I try to actually navigate our day to day life. If I think back on all the books that I have read, a few of them stand out as being very insightful, and there are a few that might have offered some helpful advice, but overall are hardly worth mentioning. Aside from "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" from the La Leche League, most of...
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Four Reasons You Need to Change Your Parenting Style

Hal & Melanie Young

Our oldest son shook his head, sadly. "You never would have let me do that," he said, watching a younger sibling. We had to admit, he had a point. When he was that age, we were new parents, full of theories but short on experience. He was Offspring 1.0, and parenting was still something of a beta-test experience. Looking back now on more than 25 years (and eight kids) of being Mom and Dad, we realize there were several points where our parenting philosophy changed – and needed to! We changed when we realized we weren't doing it right. Eldest son wasn't old enough to remember what he did get away with, as a toddler. We were Christians from the start but we wanted to explain everything to our little guy, as if he'd say, "Oh! I get it! Of course that's what I should do!" And at a critical tim...
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