Interview with Craig Horne

Craig, a born evangelist who is passionate about Jesus and the power of prayer, leads Walnut Hill’s Family Ministry. Once a VP of Soccer Extreme, overseeing the day-to-day operation of the company overseeing the nation’s top youth players, Craig has a heart and passion for sharing Jesus and will use his spiritual gift to help build a church family that is equipped to serve the Lord.

Craig and his wife, Karly, have three young children.

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Raising Responsible Kids

Consistency and clear expectations are key when it comes to teaching your kids to be responsible. Plan out and put on paper the benefits and the responsibilities that come with being a part of your family. Let your kids know exactly what it is they are responsible for and exactly when you want the jobs completed. At this time, explain the benefits of completing the tasks in full and on time, and communicate to them that parents will no longer be issuing reminders. Everyone involved should sign the declaration, and from that point on the natural course of consequence will teach them to get their jobs done on time and in full.
Letting natural consequences teach is incredibly difficult because, first, it does not work immediately, and second, none of us want to see our children miss out on fun things. For the first couple of weeks, your children will probably not get their chores done in full and on time. If you follow them around, reminding them to do their chores, (or nag), you are preventing them from learning how to remind themselves. You have to let them fail if you really want them to learn. And when they do fail, you have to be ready to follow through.
If you have never been consistent with consequences, start out with something you know you will be able to follow through with, a reduction in screen time or taking the phone away for part of the day. If they refuse to complete the task, you can increase the time away from the desired benefit.
Again, you have to be clear and consistent. Confusion and inconsistency can result in a frustrated child who may not feel like he or she can talk to you about it. This can do lasting damage to a relationship. You child may get mad at you in the moment when you take their phone away, but they will be incredibly grateful when they are getting to work on time and completing tasks because they learned natural consequences at a young age.

Family Priorities

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How do we live out putting God first, then our family and then our work?

They become a priority when you put it on your calendar and you let nothing else interfere with it.

You must set aside a specific time to spend alone with God.

You can start by setting aside ten minutes per day for your alone time with God.

I would encourage you to get a copy of a devotional by Sara Young called Jesus Calling.

It’s also available in a smartphone APP.

Read the devotional thought and bible verses and then write down some thoughts that came to your mind in a journal.

Some people write in the form of a prayer. Your next priority is family.

Schedule time alone with your spouse talking about dreams and ideas.

Go on dates and get away together once a quarter.

Next, schedule alone time with each of your kids.

Do something together that will allow you to talk to them about dreams and ideas.


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What’s most important to you, your work, or your family?

What’s most important to you, your work or your family? (click for video)

For many years I would tell people my priorities are God first, my family is second, work is third.

I tried to live this out, but much of the time, my priorities ended up being Work first, work second and work third.

This all changed when a friend of mine told me about his annual family goal setting weekend.

They would go away on a mini-vacation every year for the purpose of setting family goals and putting all of the important family events on the calendar.

I was a goal-setting fanatic at work, but never considered doing family on purpose.

A few weeks later my wife Rhonda and I drove two hours away and locked our-selves in a hotel room to begin putting our family values and vision in writing.

We also started writing down some goals.

This is a good time for you to do your first annual family goal-setting weekend.

Schedule your date nights, family nights, birthdays, vacations and whatever else is important to you.



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