James Dobson to update video series that launched his radio ministry

Christian Examiner staff report


LA MESA — Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and current radio host of Family Talk, is set to film an updated version of his family and marriage series.

Originally scheduled for two weekends in May, the dates were changed due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict. Dobson’s tapings will be at Skyline Church in La Mesa, Calif. June 22 and 23 as well as June 29 and 30 for four nights of live video recordings of “Building a Family Legacy.”

The recordings will be an update to a seven-part series Dobson filmed on the same topic when he launched the national ministry of Focus on the Family. The four sessions, each touching on different subjects, will start at 7 p.m. each evening.

The four sessions, listed in date order, will cover “Legacy” and the “Strong-Willed Child;” “Shaping the Will” and “Adolescence/De-Parenting”; “Bringing up Girls” and “Bringing up Boys”; and “Marriage” and “Fathering.”

The original series, filmed in 1978 and viewed by 80 million people, focused on such issues as the strong-willed child, daring to discipline, raising adolescents and marriage.

This second series serves as Dobson’s bookend for a professional career as a psychologist and authority on child rearing and marriage. With all the cultural changes in the past three decades, Dobson will use the latest research in child development, genetics, adolescence, and medicine to offer up-to-date advice on matters of concern to families.

Dobson said that the basics of creating strong families have not changed, “although the task of raising healthy children has become much more difficult.”

“The culture is at war with parents for the hearts and minds of their sons and daughters,” said Dobson.

In his book, Bringing up Girls, Dobson writes: “This is what lies in the paths of children whose parents are overworked, distracted, exhausted, and uninvolved. Without their care and concern, the culture will take them to hell. I have witnessed it a thousand times. Even with proper parental supervision, many of our kids are on the bubble. I am most concerned about the children among us who are chronically lonely. Their parents are gone much of the time, leaving them to fend for themselves. Human beings desperately need each other, and those who are isolated usually do not thrive. Not only do lonely children tend to get into trouble, they also become sitting ducks for abusers who understand their emptiness and use it for their own purposes.

“Families that succeed in today’s world are those that give priority to the things that matter most,” said Dobson.

The weekend tapings are free but require reservations. Childcare is also available by reservation.

To make a reservation, visit www.buildingafamilylegacy.com.

Published, June 2012



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