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Illustration Title Illustration Author
  • A Child of the King Source unknown
  • Baby Richard Newsweek, May 15, 1995
  • Father God Your Father Loves You, by James Packer, (Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986), page for May 6.
  • Love Without Coercion Gerald Penix
  • Sonship The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook, Walter A. Elwell, Editor, (Harold Shaw Pub., Wheaton , IL; 1984), p. 346
  • Two Women Anonymous
  • A Prayer Source unknown
  • Children's Greatest Fears Back to the Bible Today, Summer, 1990, p. 5
  • Complaints For Families Only, J.A. Petersen, ed., Tyndale, 1977, p. 253
  • Conversions Decrease with Age Our Daily Bread
  • Don't Forbid Them Author unknown
  • Grace Bits and Pieces, May, 1990, p. 10
  • Hand Print on the Wall Source unknown
  • Insanity is Hereditary Source unknown
  • Multiple Births Source unknown
  • One Liners Sources unknown
  • Parenting JDB, Our Daily Bread, Sept.-Nov. 1997, page for October 12
  • Prayer for Children Olney Hymns, William Cowper, from Cowper's Poems, Sheldon & Company, New York
  • Property Laws of a Toddler Deb Lawrence, Missionary to the Philippines with SEND International, quoted in Prokope, November/December, 1992, p. 3
  • Shadows "Shadows" by Martha Wadsworth, quoted in Family Matters
  • Things We Can Learn From KIDS Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me by Cynthia Copeland Lewis, quoted in MSC Health Action News, Jan./Feb. 1997, p. 7
  • White House Kids Today in the Word, September 6, 1992
  • What Parents Could Forget This Event? Associated Press, Corner Office, Spokesman-Review, September 1996.
  • Ability to Deal with Crises in a Positive Manner
  • Aloneness Mark DeVries, Family-Based Youth Ministry, (Downers Grove, IL, InterVarsity Press, 1994, pp. 40-41
  • Appreciation
  • Child/Parent Relationship Mark DeVries, Family-Based Youth Ministry, (Downers Grove, IL, InterVarsity Press, 1994, p. 37
  • Children of President John Adams Charles Francis Adams, grandson of 2nd President John Adams, son of 6th president John Quincy Adams, in U.S. News and World Report, Dec. 12, 1988
  • Disintegration of Cultures Swindoll, The Quest For Character, Multnomah, p. 90
  • False Hopes of Families David Augsberger, When Enough is Enough, (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1984), p. 106
  • Family Reunion Source unknown
  • Family Statistics U.S. News and World Report, December 25, 1989
  • Good Communication Patterns
  • Greatest Threat to Family Moody Monthly, December, 1989, p. 72
  • High Degree of Commitment
  • High Degree of Religious Orientation Source unknown
  • Human Development
  • Magician Source unknown
  • Malpractice of Parenting Source unknown
  • Millionaires Zig Ziglar in Homemade, March 1989
  • Mishaps James Dent in Charleston, W.Va., Gazette
  • Quotes Sources unknown
  • Rent-a-Wife Campus Life, Oct., 1980
  • Rudyard Kipling Fingertip Facts
  • Statistics U.S. News & World Report, December 26, 1994, pp. 111
  • Successful Families December, 1988, Focus on the Family Bulletin
  • Ten Commandments of Home Rule The Fight, J. White, IVP, pp. 121ff
  • Things that Build Confidence Little House on the Freeway, Tim Kimmel, pp. 219-223
  • Time Together
  • True Love The Saturday Evening Post
  • Two Paddleboats In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado, Word Publishing, 1991, pp. 97-98
  • What Money Can't Buy Source unknown
  • Winston Churchill Source unknown
  • 800 Pacos Bits & Pieces, October 15, 1992, p. 13
  • A Dad Is . . . Source unknown
  • A Father Source unknown
  • An Open Letter to Family Men Written by Linda Anderson, 1989, Our Daily Bread.
  • At the Library Guard Your Heart, pp. 21-22.
  • Balance Source unknown
  • Baseball Player The Gift of Honor, Gary Smalley & John Trent, Ph.D., p. 116
  • Becoming Fathers David Blankenhorn, founder of the Institute for American Values.
  • Bragging about Dad Source unknown
  • Brian's Story Men's Ministry Leadership Seminar, p. 18
  • Build Me a Son Source unknown
  • Critical Father Unfinished Business, Charles Sell, Multnomah, 1989, pp. 171ff
  • Dad is Destiny New Man, May/June 1995, p. 10
  • Description of a Father Christian Child Rearing, P. Meier, Baker, 1977, p. 29ff
  • Devil or Santa
  • Family Worship On the Father Front, Christian Service Brigade, Spring, 1995, p. 4
  • Father's Day Spokesman Review, L. M. Boyd, December 29, 1995, p. D2
  • Father's Favorite Sayings From U.S.A. Today, Monday, June 15, p. 11c.
  • Fatherless America Quoted in Christian News, June 1-30, 1995, p. 6
  • Fatherless Families Wade F. Horn, "Why There is No Substitute for Parents", Imprimis, Vol. 26, No. 6, June, 1997, pp. 1-2
  • Fatherless Homes Encounter, Vol 15, #3, February, 1980
  • Fathers Absence Children at Risk, J. Dobson & G. Bauer, Word, 1990, pp. 167-168
  • Finished the Book, Lost the Boy Homemade, February, 1989
  • Gold Medalist David Wallechinsky in The Complete Book of the Olympics, Reader's Digest
  • Harvard Study The Washington Post, July 21, 1993, p. E13.
  • Honor Thy Children The U.S. News and World Report article ("Honor Thy children," 2/27/95.
  • How Does a Father Do It? On the Father Front, Spring, 1994, p. 2
  • I Must Be Fit Guard Your Heart, p. 84.
  • Importance of Dad Keith Meyering, in Discipleship Journal, issue #49, p. 41.
  • Just Like Daddy Source unknown
  • Just Like You Source unknown
  • Like Father, Like God Always Daddy's Girl by H. Norman Wright, 1989, Regal Books, pp. 193-195
  • Mike Ditka Guard Your Heart, p. 164.
  • Most Frightened Man in America Today in the Word, February 7, 1997, p. 14
  • National Summit on Fatherhood (Don Wallis and The Philadelphia Inquirer), Community Impact Bulletin, December 6, 1994
  • Paranoia from Dad Father Andrew Greeley, in Psychology Today, quoted in His, January, 1977
  • Parents Impact on Religious Beliefs Dr. Michael Green, Kindred Spirit, Autumn, 1989, p. 11
  • Participation in Child-Raising Leadership, Fall, 1993, p. 129
  • Proverbs Source unknown
  • Quotes Community Impact Bulletin, July 7, 1995
  • Quotes Source unknown
  • Reconnecting Fathers On the Father Front, Spring, 1994, p. 2.
  • Scheduling Time Source unknown
  • Seven Secrets of Effective Fathers The Seven Secrets of Effective Fathers by Ken Canfield, Tyndale House, quoted in Lifeline, Summer 1997
  • Special Memories Always Daddy's Girl by H. Norman Wright, 1989, Regal Books, pp. 68-70
  • Talking to Dad Walt Mueller, "Fathering With Open Eyes", Today's Father, Vol. 3, #2-3, p. 7
  • Teenage Suicide Dr. Seymour Diamond, M.D., in October, 1982, Homemade
  • The Dad Difference Dr. George Rekers, in Homemade, vol. 11, no. 1
  • Too Many Tomorrows Gary Ezzo, Men of Action, Summer, 1996, p. 11
  • TV Time Christianity Today, March 23, 1979
  • Unbroken Silence From Bad Beginnings to Happy Endings, by Ed Young, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publ., 1994), p. 32.
  • Wasted Day Silas Shotwell, in September, 1987, Homemade
  • What are Fathers Made Of? Source unknown
  • What Dads Do Family&md;The Ties that Bind...and Gag! (New York: Fawcett Books, 1988), p. 2.
  • What Father Teaches Source unknown
  • What Is a Father? Source unknown
  • Where are the Fathers? Children at Risk, J. Dobson and G. Bauer, Word, 1990, p. 167
  • Wonderful People Source unknown
  • Leadership of Firstborns Dr. Kevin Leman, in Homemade, November, 1987
  • Convenience Food Bill Vaughan, NANA
  • Specialization Paul Harwitz in the Wall Street Journal
  • A Grandma is. . . Source unknown
  • A Grandpa is. . . Source unknown
  • Children Need Grandparents Youthletter, September, 1981
  • Christmas Vacation Eric W. Johnson, Humorous Stories About the Human Condition (Prometheus Books), quoted in Bits & Pieces, January 5, 1995, pp. 5-6
  • What Is a Grandmother? Source unknown
  • Home Rules to Live By Bits of Sonshine, April/May 1992
  • Lamentations of the Father Copyright © 1997 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved. The Atlantic Monthly; February 1997; Laws Concerning Food and Drink; Household Principles; Lamentations of the Father; Volume 279, No. 2; pages 89-90.
  • Simeon the Hermit Source unknown
  • Children's Influences Psychoheresy Awareness Letter, Vol. 7, No. 1, January-February, 1999 p. 4
  • Lost Childhood Tim Smith, The Relaxed Parent, p. 8
  • Qualities Needed in Parenting From Children of Fast-Track Parents Raising self-sufficient and Confident Children in an Achievement-Oriented World, Andree Aelion Brooks; Penguin Books, NY, 1989, page 28. Used with permission, quoted in The Relaxed Parent by Tim Smith, p. 9
  • The Meanest Parents in the World Source unknown
  • Things I've Learned From My Children Grintown
  • Vulnerability of Infants and Toddlers James Dobson, Coming Home, Timeless Wisdom for Families, (Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton; 1998), pp. 196-197
  • Whoa! What a Concept! Source unknown
  • Punishment and Logical Consequences Tim Smith, The Relaxed Parent, p. 14
  • Tips for Motivating Your Child Tim Smith, The Relaxed Parent, p. 18
  • Seven Ways to Impact Your Child's Faith The Relaxed Parent by Tim Smith
  • The Five Love Languages of Children Taken from "The Five Love Languages of Children" by Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell, quoted in The Relaxed Parent by Tim Smith, p. 23
  • A Mother's Kiss Our Daily Bread, March-May, 1996, p. for May 17
  • Temper Tantrum Phillip Yancey, What's So Amazing About Grace, Zondervan, 1977, p. 120
  • Cat's in the Cradle Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God, (Word Publ, Dallas: 1994), pp. 108-109.
  • Parents Neglect Biblical Principles "Ministry Matters'" from Ministry Today, April, 1998, p. 13.
  • Parenting in Committed Christian Households Taken from Orphans at Home by Joe White; Copyright 1988, Questar: Phoenix, quoted in The Promise Keeper, Mar./Apr., 1998, p. 6.
  • Good Trade! Reader's Digest, August, 1997, p. 139, contributed by Jennifer L. Daugherty.
  • What the Bible Says About Parenting JDB, Our Daily Bread, Sept.-Nov. 1997, page for October 12
  • Quotes Household Principles by Ian Frazier, quoted in The Atlantic Monthly, February 1997, pp. 89-90
  • Parenting: Tough Role U.S. News & World Report, October 14, 1996, p. 30
  • A Prayer for Children Reprinted by permission of Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri
  • Ernest Hemmingway "Moody," January/February 1997, pp. 23-24.
  • Lost Child Our Daily Bread, July 23
  • Susannah Wesley Our Daily Bread, May 8
  • Quotes Bits & Pieces, December 9, 1993, p. 16.
  • Facts of Life Contributed by Crystal Lessard, Reader's Digest, January, 1996, p. 160.
  • Relaxed Parenting Contributed by Jean Short, Reader's Digest, January, 1996, p. 81.
  • Battle of Wills Bad Beginnings to Happy Endings, by Ed Young, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publ., 1994), pp. 57-58
  • Death Row Prisoner From Bad Beginnings to Happy Endings, by Ed Young, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publ., 1994), pp. 3-5.
  • Answering Children's Questions Our Daily Bread, Monday, November 25.
  • What Parents Could Forget This Event? Associated Press, Corner Office, Spokesman-Review, September 1996.
  • Parenting Poll Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, cited in USA Today, 11-27-95
  • Squeaky Fromme Ron Hutchcraft, Five Needs Your Child Must Have Met at Home, Zondervan, 1995
  • What Parents Would Like to Hear Larry Rout in Child
  • Teamwork/Cooperation The Executive Speaker, quoted in Bits & Pieces, November 10, 1994, pp. 20-21
  • Parenting Time Spokesman Review, October 11, 1994, p. D1
  • Make Me What He Thinks I Am Source Unknown
  • Crime and Environment Christianity Today, August 16, 1993, p. 30
  • Self Esteem and Parenting Dr. James Dobson's Focus of the Family bulletin, July, 1994
  • Styles of Parenting, The Gift of Honor U.S. News & World Report, February 21, 1994, pp. 68-69
  • Battling Our Culture "Battling Our Culture Is Parents' Task," Ellen Goodman, Chicago Tribune, August 18, 1994 (I think this would be 1993) Focus on the Family Newsletter, February, 1994, pp. 2-3.
  • Divorce and Dual Careers Charles Colson, Christianity Today, March 7, 1994, p. 80
  • Members of the Counterculture Columnist Ellen Goodman
  • Concerned Teacher Source unknown
  • Legacy of Individualism Steven V. Roberts, in U.S. News and World Report, April 25, 1994, p. 11
  • Feeling Guilty George Barna, The Future of the American Family, Moody, 1993.
  • What is a Sex Sin? Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place
  • Chuck Swindoll Bits & Pieces, June 24, 1993, pp. 13-14
  • Children's Complaints For Families Only, J. A. Petersen, ed., Tyndale, 1977, p. 253
  • What a Parent Can and Can't Do Source unknown
  • Children in Day Care Family Survival in the American Jungle, Steve Farrar, 1991, Multnomah Press, p. 105
  • Boutros Boutros-Ghali Stanley Meisler in Los Angeles Times Magazine, quoted in Reader's Digest
  • Expectant Fathers Source unknown
  • Delicate Balance of Discipline Our Daily Bread, August 7
  • Toymakers L. M. Boyd, 3-15-93, Spokesman Review
  • High Expectations Kay Kuzma, Family Times, Volume 1, Number 3, Fall, 1992, p. 1
  • Christian Andersen Today in the Word, January 15, 1993
  • Property Laws of a Toddler Deb Lawrence, Missionary to the Philippines with SEND International, quoted in Prokope, November/December, 1992, p. 3
  • Prevention Better than Correction YouthWorker Update, Signs of the Times, November, 1992, p. 6
  • No Time to Play Source unknown
  • That Age-Old Question Focus on the Family, September, 1992, p. 13
  • Some Minimum Daily Requirements Focus on the Family, September, 1992, p. 13
  • What I Would Do John Drescher, Content, The Newsletter, August, 1990, p. 3
  • Keeping Calm Source unknown
  • Sense of Belonging The Gift of Honor, Gary Smalley & John Trent, Ph.D., p. 89
  • Do Teens Want to Be Like Their Parents Source: What Counts: The Complete Harper's Index, edited by Charis Conn
  • How Time is Spent Los Angeles Times, quoted in Signs of the Times, May, 1992
  • Women Without Children Signs of the Times, May, 1992, p. 6
  • A Sheep, Not a Lamb Source unknown
  • Dirty Work Today in the Word, Moody Bible Institute, Jan., 1992, p.21
  • Demanding Father Unfinished Business, Charles Sell, Multnomah, 1989, pp. 171ff
  • Moral Instruction is Not Automatic Senator Dan Coates, Imprimis, Vol. 20, #9, Sept., 1991
  • Quality Time Jerry Jenkins, Hedges, Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1989, p. 125
  • What Are You Good For? Source unknown
  • John Barrymore Bits and Pieces, December 13, 1990
  • How to Train Your Child to be a Delinquent Swindoll, The Quest For Character, Multnomah, pp. 105-6
  • Shouting Contest Resource, Jan./Feb., 1991
  • A Parent's Prayer Source unknown
  • What Successful People have in Common Homemade, July, 1990
  • Support Not Freedom Dr. Diane Baumrind, in Homemade, May, 1990
  • Amish People Don't Yell Source unknown
  • How to Bake a Cake Source unknown
  • Socrates Source unknown
  • Number One Influence Source unknown
  • Catch the Child Being Good Youth Guidance
  • I AM Helping! Source unknown
  • Negatives Outweigh Positives American Institute of Family Relations, in Homemade, August, 1990
  • Success Related to Work Parade, in Homemade, April, 1988
  • Training Children to Obey Source unknown
  • Walking Alone Source unknown
  • Plastic Clay Source unknown
  • Huge Investment! Our Daily Bread, quoted in Homemade, Vol. 11, No. 4 (April 1987)
  • Pearl Buck Quoted in Homemade, May, 1989
  • Disciplinary Problems in 1940 Focus on the Family, March, 1987
  • What Children are Afraid Of Back to the Bible, quoted in Today, Summer, 1990, p. 5
  • Twice as Many! Bill Cosby, Fatherhood, Doubleday
  • Parent, Do You Know What's Going On? Louis Harris Survey, in Homemade, March, 1990
  • Why Parents Say No Source unknown
  • Same Today as 4,000 Years Ago Dr. Vernon Grounds in Homemade, Dec., 1984
  • If You Had to Do It Over Psychology Today, quoted in Homemade, Feb., 1985
  • Can Kids Talk to Mom and Dad? Joe White in Homemade, Nov., 1989.
  • No Parental Control Homemade, March, 1989