This Kid is Getting on My Last Nerve

Yes as much as we love kids, most of us at some point or another have had this thought go through our head…“This kid is getting on my last nerve.” If not, I will be happy to nominate you for Children’s Leader of the year. But if you have had this thought, let me just say you are normal. I love kids and I have given my life to kid’s ministry, but there have been those moments where certain kids drove me nuts. You know the ones, you would never admit it, but remember the Sunday you were setting … [Read more...]

PODCAST – Episode 13

Do you have those days when things just don’t go the way you expected or your attitude starts to take a nose dive? Well kids have bad days too. Today we talk about how to deal with kids when they have bad attitudes or their behavior is difficult. We get them and I am sure you do too, those well-meaning and not always so positive emails from parents and volunteers. In this podcast episode, we go over how we respond to those always fun negative emails. Point Back: “Dealing with Bad … [Read more...]

“Raising Spiritually Healthy Kids” – Part 4

Here is the final thought in raising spiritually healthy kids. Approach Find the right Approach. Remember the first time you used one of those phrases your parents used that you swore you would NEVER use? Like “because I say so” or “just do what your told.” Yep, we’ve all done it. And it’s because of our patterns. Even if we did not like the approach our parents took with us, it’s still ingrained in our mental patterns. It seems a bit obvious to say we can’t use the same approach our … [Read more...]

You Can’t Be Thankful For That

Hi guys, there will be no More Than Puppet podcast today, but I do have a thought I want to share with you. It’s thanksgiving here in America and every young child across our country will have some type of craft project at school that involves the silhouette of a turkey on which they write what they are thankful for. I’m sure you have been challenged this week to consider those blessings in your life and give thanks to God for them. I would like to share what I am thankful for…I am … [Read more...]

“Raising Spiritually Healthy Kids” – Part 3

As we continue on the topic of raising spiritually healthy kids, let’s take a quick look at the previous key words: Aware Authentic And here is part 3: Be Available The time factor has generated more guilt in parents than just about anything I know of. We all know spending time with our kids is important, but it’s still difficult to do sometime. The bottom line is this…being available to your kids is less about “quantity” and more about “quality.” Here’s a couple of thoughts in … [Read more...]

The Opportunity in Front of You

There is a story, said to be true, about a farmer who lived in Africa and through a visitor became tremendously excited about looking for diamonds. Diamonds were already discovered in abundance on the African continent and this farmer got so excited about the idea of millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds that he sold his farm to head out to the diamond line. He wandered all over the continent, as the years slipped by, constantly searching for diamonds and wealth, which he never found. … [Read more...]

PODCAST – Episode 12

Welcome back to another episode of More Than Puppets. What processes do you have for reporting and dealing with child abuse in your children’s ministry? In this podcast, we talk about having the “what if” discussions and the processes needed as a required mandated reporter. We also take some time to answer a few of your email questions. Do you have a “what was I thinking” dumb thing that you have done or said? Come on, we all do! If so, please email us at We would … [Read more...]

“Raising Spiritually Healthy Kids” – Part 2

Here is another step in our journey of raising spiritually healthy kids: Be Authentic We don’t want to create the allusion that we never make mistakes or that we know it all. Be honest about temptations or mistakes you’ve made and what you’ve learned from them. The more open you are with them, the more open they will be with you. Of course, you must use discretion and discernment when sharing your mistakes or temptations. But if we as parents never discuss our difficulties, no mater how … [Read more...]

I Can Predict Your Future

I don't know who will win the Super Bowl, who will win the next presidential election or even what I will have for lunch today. But I can predict your future. No, I have not been a part of a traveling carnival and I will not be starring in my own reality TV show. I will, however, share my “secret” technique for predicting your future. Here it is: You reap what you sow. Ok maybe this is nothing new to you so consider it a friendly reminder of a truth we all know but sometimes … [Read more...]

PODCAST – Episode 11

Can you fire a volunteer? The answer to that question is YES YOU CAN! Today we talk about how to fire a volunteer and when you might need to do that. This is sometimes a necessary thing to do for that person’s growth and the health of the children’s ministry you lead. Also, do you have Jr. High, High School and College students serving in your ministry? We couldn’t do Kid Min without them! They are a huge asset to us, very committed and we see this as a great opportunity to build into our next … [Read more...]