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Tools for Parents: September 2015

Tools for Parents Archive


September 5, Episode #18: Tiffany Cometh—Rebellion

Everyone is excited about Wildwood's newest and richest student . . . everyone, that is, except Miss Harbor, who quickly realizes that Tiffany doesn't want to play by anyone's rules but her own.
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“Question authority"

"Question authority." It was the mantra of the 60s and emblematic of a generation that believed its government was lying to them. The only one a person could really trust, they said, was himself. Nearly half a century later, our culture still embraces and venerates the spirit of the rebel. But David Carl explains why a "question authority" attitude will ultimately send one spiraling out of control.


September 12, Episode #19: Staci's Dilemma—Doing What Is Right

There's been a robbery at Mr. Crawford's general store. Staci thinks she saw the culprit but is warned by a mysterious visitor that if she knows what's good for her, she'll keep her mouth shut! Meanwhile, C.J. discovers the hard way that receiving God's forgiveness isn't hard at all.
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“Now go do the right thing"

Talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger concludes each hour of her popular national call-in show with the challenge, "Now go do the right thing." It's good advice that often isn't easy to follow. As callers to the program can attest, Dr. Laura's recommendations for solving callers' moral dilemmas are seldom easy or painless. In this week's Director's Notes, David Carl explains why it's important that there are sometimes tough consequences to doing the right thing and the eternal benefits of making the necessary sacrifices.


September 19, Episode #20: Blinded by the Sight—God Sees the Heart

Officer Hunt is on the case of a real "whodunit!" Gold and cargo have been stolen from Captain Reginald's ship and Hunt must find the burglar. Did Officer Hunt arrest the right man, or will the real thief escape from justice with all the gold? Things aren't as they seem in this Paws & Tales seaside caper.
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“God is watching us"

Have you ever tried to hide from God? The very idea seems silly and yet we often try to live our lives hoping God is watching us "from a distance," like the 90s Bette Midler hit suggests—or not at all. The truth is that God knows every facet of our hearts, warts and all. This week, David Carl explains why that is a very good thing and something that should cause us to run toward—not away from Him.


September 26, Episode #21: The Hullabaloo at Hunker Hill—Forgiveness

Hugh brags that his soapbox derby car is faster than Staci's and dares her to try it out. Never one to back away from a challenge, Staci takes Hugh's car for a spin . . . a spin that turns into disaster at the bottom of Hunker Hill! Now the club must decide whether to seek revenge or to forgive.
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"Lower your blood pressure—forgive me!"

A recent study in the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine directly linked the act of withholding forgiveness to a host of medical conditions, including an increase in blood pressure, anxiety, paranoia, depression, and an increased incidence of heart disease. Conversely, those who regularly forgave themselves or others saw numerous health benefits. The conclusion of the study was that forgiveness is healthy. Well, duh! This week David Carl explores the many benefits of forgiveness to one's spiritual health.


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