Parent Resources

06

Apr

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...

31

Mar

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 ...

30

Mar

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...

25

Mar

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...

24

Mar

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 ...

17

Mar

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...

10

Mar

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...

05

Mar

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...

03

Mar

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...

02

Mar

The Reality of a Tech World

"Increasingly, games aren't allegories that say something about our lives; they are our lives." -Andrew Thompson, Engineers of Addiction I recently had the opportunity to give a number of tech workshops at a convention in the NorthWest. I was blessed to have people share with me their questions, concerns, and h...