Swiftwater Journey

faith, culture, and growing up in a rapidly changing world

Millennial Parents January 17, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — billmacphee @ 9:45 pm

Is it possible that as the so called Millennial’s become parents they are struggling with authority? A recent study gives insight and indicates that compared to the cohort that has been labeled Gen-X, Millennials are more authoritarian. There is a significant difference between parents who use a libertine and those who land on a more authoritarian parenting style. In many ways, kids respond the same to both of these extremes. A laissez-faire, anything goes parent and a tight-fisted, controlling parent get the same outcome: insecure, rebellious, truth-hiding, prone to laziness adolescent. Less we put the blame on the young person, we must pause and reflect on the impact of the way we parent. A better approach is to choose an authoritative stance, where mom and dad are still in charge, but their primary goal is help their son and daughter discover who they are [identity], what they are called to do [purpose], and where they fit in the adult world [belonging]. Authoritative parents raise kids who are secure and confident, willing to take risks, and engage in making the world a better place not only for themselves, but others.

 

Why I Prefer Paper/Physical Books to Ebooks January 14, 2016

Filed under: pastoral leadership,Technology,Uncategorized — billmacphee @ 11:57 am

I prefer physical books for many of the same reasons Michael lists here. Primary among them is the feel and interaction I have with books, taking notes, flipping pages, reviewing the big ideas. I have the same feeling about reading the Bible online versus my paper text. Maybe it is because I am used to the format, but I like being able to look at two pages in a paper book or Bible, because this trains my eyes to see context. Ebooks and YouVersion for my Bible is useful and used often, I just still prefer the kinesthetic engagement.

http://michaelhyatt.com/ebooks-2016.html