Archive | January, 2016

The TV show that All Parents of Millennials Should be Watching!

26 Jan

I am always behind when it comes to watching television.  On average, I would say about 7 years!  This past year, some friends introduced us to a new sitcom called the Middle.

The Middle is set in small town Indiana (which I know from experience has a very unique culture).  Patricia Heaton is great – who became famous in the show – “Everybody Loves Raymond”.  The Middle is currently in its 7th season on ABC.  During the last two seasons, Axl and Sue have grown up and left for college, and the show has touched upon several of the issues that parents of Emerging Adults face – homesickness, money, autonomy, financial aid, vocation, identity formation, and renewing your relationship with your spouse as the children leave home.  Watching the show will help you understand that you are not alone, and puts a positive and funny tone to all that you are going through.

Here is a description of the show:

In the Heck family, middle-age, middle-class, middle-America mom Frankie Heck (two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton) uses a sense of humor to try to steer her family through life’s ups and downs as she tackles her career goals. Her unflappable husband, Mike (Neil Flynn), is a manager at the local quarry. Oldest son Axl is an obstinate young man; awkward daughter Sue cannot seem to find her niche — despite much enthusiasm in her attempts — and youngest son Brick is an unusual child whose best friend is his backpack.

Here is a link that I found where their second child – Sue is calling home from college because she is homesick.

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Mark Wahlberg: ‘My faith in God makes me a better man’

20 Jan

More and more celebrities are talking about faith these days.  This article was released by Christianity Today about Mark Wahlberg.

Actor, producer and former rapper Mark Wahlberg has spoken out about his faith, tellingSquare Mile magazine that his relationship with God is the “most important part” of his life.

Here is the complete article.

Does my Manhood depend upon Moving Out?

12 Jan

According to research, “40% of 18 to 34 year olds are living at home with one parent or both.  Looking at the younger, 18-to 24 year-old group, more than half have moved back home, at least for a time, in the past few years- or never moved out.  Ther percentage is about the same for men and women.  (Arnett, Getting them to 30, 109)front door

In a society where more emerging adults are living at home, adulthood cannot be based upon markers such as living independently, but upon the deeper Biblical principles of Vocation, Autonomy, and Community.

While living at home still carries a negative stigma in many social circles, living at home is not always a negative experience – for the child or the parent.  “Almost 70% of young people 18-34 who are living at home with their parents say they are very satisfied with family life.”  (Arnett, 110)

In this video, the speaker makes several points to illustrate the difference between someone who lives with parents as an adult versus someone who lives at home with an immature perspective.

Here is a link to the full video.

The video states that those who live at home as a Child…

  • treat the home as a hotel.
  • are frivolous spenders.
  • always have something to prove.

Those who live at home as an Adult…

  • always contribute.
  • are not afraid to serve parents and siblings.
  • respect their parents wishes and home.

While the fact that you are living with your parents does not make you a child, how you act while living at home does indicate your maturity.

One of the first points made in the video is that there are several healthy reasons why children choose to live with their parents (including finances and physical health).  While the predominant western mindset values living independently, many cultures have always valued communal living for extended families.

So are you living at home like an Adult or a Child?

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Finding Freedom From Anxiety

5 Jan
I found this article posted by Authentic Manhood written by Bill Delvaux.  

Finding Freedom from Anxiety

My freshman year in high school, I ended up with a late lunch period with mostly upperclassmen I didn’t know. I clearly remember walking down into the cafeteria unsure and fearful about where I should sit. I tried eating with a few freshmen I didn’t know and then with some sophomores I barely knew. In both cases, I felt unwanted, like an intruder. So for the next few days, I tried another tactic: I sat by myself at an empty table. It took care of my social anxiety, but now I felt shame at being perceived as a complete misfit, provoking only more anxiety. So I made a crucial decision: I quit going to the lunchroom and ate lunch by myself in the locker room. Sure, I was lonely, but I wasn’t anxious anymore.

Read the entire article here!

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