Why Your Family Needs a No Cell Phone Ball

by Noel Bouché

If you’re like me, you constantly worry about your kids’ media consumption and the amount of time they are spending in front of screens.

And if you’re like me, you also have a hard time pulling yourself away from your own smartphone screen.

“Okay, just one more minute…” so easily becomes a habitual response to my kids as I rush to respond to one more email, check one last news link, or sit in the car finishing one last phone call after pulling into the garage.

Well, this doesn’t go unnoticed by our children.  In fact, a study by Barna reveals that while Millennials incessantly text and Tweet, they feel that it is their parents’ “addictive” use of technology that inhibits quality family time!

It seems that the “Do as I say, not as I do” parenting technique still fails, even in the digital age.  It also seems that our ability to exhibit self-control (a fruit of the Spirit, by the way) is at a low ebb these days; faced with all the available gadgetry, we parents just can’t seem to focus, be present, and sign off of Facebook.

We now have a solution.

Our friends over at EpicParent.tv have developed a revolutionary new tool that we recommend every family implement.  The No Cell Phone Ball is a fantastic product, guaranteed to help you make giant strides in controlling tech use and guarding your family’s precious time together.  Watch the minute-long promo below for more information.

Caveat Emptor: The No Cell Phone Ball can cause damage to persons and property, especially in the hands of a crack shot like the lefty in this video.

Noel Bouché serves as Vice President of pureHOPE.  He and his wife have been married twelve years and have two energetic young daughters.  He is also a recovering lawyer who has yet to kick the bad habit of using obscure Latin phrases for no apparent reason.

What Are Your Kids Posting Online?

pureHOPE’s Dan Martin explains why parents need to talk with their kids about what they are posting about themselves online.  The short answer: because most of the text and photos they post are permanent.  Really.

Fighting For Marriage

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In this inspiring four-minute video by Elevation Church, pureHOPE Charlotte Advisory Board members Chris and Sandra Pollard share their journey from bondage, betrayal, and distrust to hope, healing, and intimacy.  Their story highlights the abundance of grace and mercy that God readily pours out upon couples who, like the Pollards, choose prayer, repentance, forgiveness, and resolve to fight for their marriage instead of just fighting in their marriage.

“It took getting me into all those closets, and into all those things that I had hidden, and just exposing them to the light of the Lord.”  Chris Pollard

See Also:

Pervasive Perversity

Twelve years into the twenty-first century, it’s official: porn is ubiquitous.  Check out the infographic below if you’re not yet convinced (click the image to enlarge).

If you are familiar with the ministry of pureHOPE, you know that we are about equipping people to pursue purity through the pray/understand/resolve/engage lifestyle.  Part of the understanding we need to have is of the cultural terrain around us.  Whether we are pastoring, parenting, or just trying to follow Jesus, we need to understand our environment, and it is imperative that we understand the pervasiveness of porn and sexualized content and attitudes around us–sin that so easily entangles.  It’s a fundamental part of living a Spirit-empowered life that is not outwitted by or ignorant of our enemy’s designs (2 Corinthians 2:11).

Understanding of “the facts on the ground” provides the proper motivation to acquire the necessary tools and strategies, and the proper context for implementing those tools and strategies in our lives, families, and churches.  Check out the following posts for practical, biblically based resources to equip yourself and those around you to pursue purity in a pornified age:

Why Your Family Needs a Tech Basket

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Technology provides our families more opportunities than ever before; it can also open the door to major problems.  pureHOPE Dallas Advisory Board member Rhett Smith explains how a tech basket can help your family create boundaries and navigate the challenges.

He Will Faithfully Bring Forth Justice

As we wrap up the 2012 pureJUSTICE internship, check out last year’s Justice Week on the Covenant Eyes blog for more on this issue.

Raped on a Porn Set: Full Interview with Shelley Lubben
Sex Slaves Next Door: Former Victim Speaks Out
10 Ways to Oppose Sexual Exploitation

Click here to view the full Covenant Eyes’ Justice Week