Measuring What Seems Un-Measurable

Measuring What Seems Un-Measurable

Some things in life are easy to measure. How many times did you tweet? How many Double Stuf Oreos did you eat? How many miles per gallon does your vehicle get? Some things in life are harder to measure. How much water is in the ocean? How many people live in the Ukraine? How much milk can a seventh grader drink without puking? Then there are some things that seem un-measurable. How much does a mother love her child? How do you know when someone is “over” their ex? How well does a foster child... Read More
Phase Defined: 4 Things That Are True for Every Child

Phase Defined: 4 Things That Are True for Every Child

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. What does phase really mean? If you really break it down, there are four things that are true at every phase: 1. Every phase has significant relationships you can influence. Kids in different phases listen to different voices at different volumes. (Kind of the same way they listen to different music at different volumes, too) So, it just makes sense. If you want to influence a kid’s future,... Read More
17 Inspiring Books About Working With Kids and Teens

17 Inspiring Books About Working With Kids and Teens

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. One of the questions I’m asked most often whenever I get to speak about the Phase Project is this: What books are you reading? Well, the real answer is: I’m the mother of three, with a full-time job. Sometimes I think I’m reading a lot less than people expect. Often I get my inspiration through TED talks, podcasts, magazine articles, and links from twitter. But when it comes to books, there... Read More
Mothers With No Babies to Hold

Mothers With No Babies to Hold

This past January I grieved alongside my sister the loss of my niece, our deeply loved little girl who was put into a body not meant for this world. Losing a child isn’t something that we talk about often because, really, what is there to say? When you lose a baby before they ever really come into your home, you don’t have a memory to go back to. You can’t talk about their life well lived. You can’t share stories about who they were. It’s a different kind of loss. And so often it becomes a... Read More
Sexual Integrity Through the Phases: Helping Parents Navigate Sexual Integrity At Every Age

Sexual Integrity Through the Phases: Helping Parents Navigate Sexual Integrity At Every Age

by Dr. Jim Burns and Kristen Ivy Authorities in the area of sex education tell us: “The more positive, value-centered sex education kids receive from home, the less promiscuous they will be.” That sounds simple enough. But a majority of parents didn’t receive healthy conversations about sexuality from their parents. So they don’t have a lot to go on. And as church leaders we should probably admit that we haven’t always done a very good job either. It’s easy to see how this generation of... Read More