Category : Parent Resources



Episode 10: Tech Wins

It's been three weeks - how is it going?  I know in our house, Pre Covid, the kids watched minimal TV. In Covid times, Miss Frizzle comes on once/day to teach science—and even that tiny change means my 6 year old will start asking at 8 am “When’s it show time?”. And I think I'm losing my mind. So today's episo...



Let’s Reclaim Play

“Play doesn’t just help us to explore what is essential. It is essential in and of itself.” -Greg McKeown We need to reclaim play. When we talk about technology, and especially about healthy tech, we must combat the idea that we’re somehow at war with play and fun. In fact, exactly the opposite is true: Hea...



The Importance of Boredom

I think the last two weeks of quarantine have taught me a valuable lesson - I’m terrible at being bored. How about you? It doesn’t take much down time for me to begin thinking back with fondness on tedious activities done outside the house - suddenly a trip with the kids to Costco feels like a vacation I’ve been ...



Game Review: Animal Crossing – New Horizons

Grade: Play It (but watch for tech health - RESET) Platforms: Nintendo Switch Rated: E for Everyone. Gospel Connection. Animal Crossing: New Horizons gives us a great opportunity to talk with our children about why we game and the proper place of games in our lives. We can model gospel-centered questions lik...



Game Review: Doom Eternal

Grade: Skip it. Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC Rated: 17+ Mature for Blood, Gore, and Intense Violence. The Gospel Reminder: DOOM Eternal is exactly what we should expect from a game in the DOOM franchise. If your child wants to play this game it's a great opportunity to talk through...



Episode 8: Creating Rhythms of Intentional Tech Freedom

Anna is back! In this episode we address the concept of creating tech free rhythms in our lives. We first came across this idea in Andy Crouch’s book The Tech Wise Family a few years ago—if you haven’t read, it’s a must read. It is equal parts challenging/convicting on how we use tech and encouraging with some ...



Episode 7: Four Encouragements Amidst the Covid 19 Pandemic

As I'm recording this from Washington State new measures are going in on this escalating virus pandemic: No groups larger than 50 can meet (so most churches are down), schools are closed for six weeks, and as of this morning all restaurants are closed for two weeks. We all fear six weeks without plans with our kiddos a...



Episode 6: Three Tech Tools Every Family Should Have

As parents we are called to: Raise our children up in the way they should go. (Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:1 - children obey your parents, which implies the parents are tea ching them things) Hold a standard for what we find joy in: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right , whatever is pure, whateve...



We Are Bored With Ourselves

“We are bored with ourselves, and often the most desperate, wasted hours are those we are forced to spend by ourselves”  -Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Works, 10:503, 1928-1931) Dietrich Bonhoeffer was speaking in the early 1930s when he spoke these words. They ring eerily true for us today, don’t they? In Mr...



Episode 5: Tech Testimony with Justin Pavey

Last week we answered one of the most commonly asked questions we receive from families: Which games should my child play? This week I'm doing an interview with my good friend Justin Pavey in an episode we're calling a Tech Testimony. Justin and I aren't tech experts, we're two 30 something dads who have a shared passi...