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  • God Created Your Child to Imagine

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    Why did God give us imaginations? We were made in his image. A fun day at the zoo is a window into the amazing imagination of God. What was God thinking when he made a tarantula? An elephant? A chimpanzee? A flamingo? Your children were created to imagine. A recent article in Parenting Magazine said,…
  • Want to Be a Better Parent? Plant a Garden

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    Parenting well is a lot like being a master gardener. I have learned a lot of parenting lessons tending to the perennials in my garden (and I’m not a master gardener.) Here are a few of them:  Get weeds out by their roots Whether you’re growing finicky roses, tender delphinium or indomitable hostas, weeds will…
  • Your Kids Are Not Your Report Card

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    A children’s ministry leader motioned for me to come to the back from my seat during the church service one Sunday. She asked if I knew the parents of a certain child and wanted me to help her locate them. Their daughter had been scratched in the face by another three-year-old in class and she…
  • Not Qualified to Lead Your Children Spiritually?

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    Don’t miss the Doorpost Songs subscription giveaway at the end of this article! A few months ago, my wife, Jess, and I felt God’s call to step away from my job as a worship pastor and launch a new ministry called Doorpost Songs, focusing on family worship resources. Our mission is to help churches and…
  • Overcoming an Eating Disorder: Singer Natalie Grant Opens Up [Excerpt]

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    I remember the day it all started. I was in college. My boyfriend was that guy all the girls had crushes on. He cruised around campus in his flashy red car, and somehow, he had picked me. And I was desperate to keep him happy. One day we were at the grocery store, and he…
  • Feisty Kids and Peace-Loving Parents [Giveaway]

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    There she sits. Kids are climbing over her. They have doughnuts. Soon, she is wearing them—both the kids and the doughnuts. It is astonishing. How a person can be so patient, is beyond us. Next, the kids want to get going and she isn’t fast enough for them. They pull at her dress and her…

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  • How We Talk to Our Kids about Race

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    It is often said that kids do not see color, that noticing race has to be taught. I have not found this to be true. From the time my three kids were preschoolers, they have asked questions about skin color and have included race in their visual descriptions of people. White Americans like me are not…
  • Parental Preferences for Kids’ Personal Finances

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    Did you know there is an entire website devoted to providing the most current value of a lost tooth?  According to theoriginaltoothfairypoll.com, the current going rate, at the time of this writing, for a lost tooth is $3.91. Personally, I suggest you just leave $4 and skip the change. It would be a shame to wake…
  • North Texas Giving Day Furthers Your Support

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    ChristianParenting.org will soon celebrate its first birthday! This site is a new ministry of the Denison Forum, and we are proud to say it is off and running. Our weekly newsletter is read and forwarded by parents throughout the country and we are gaining new subscribers each week. Our goal is to offer fun and…
    • Ten Traits of a Healthy Family

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      At the beginning of this school year, it’s a good time for you to consider how to be intentional with your family and not lose yourselves in the activities of a new school year. Years ago, Stacy and I decided that our family would be marked by these traits. Consider posting this somewhere in your…
    • How to Raise Agents of Redemption

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      David Webb is worth more than a billion dollars, yet I’m pretty sure you don’t know who he is. Webb is also a calculating killer and rogue CIA agent whose every move has been documented in print and on film. You don’t know David Webb because you probably know him better as his alter ego:…
    • Help! My Christian Kid Wants to Listen to Pop Music

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      We missed Miley’s rise and fall. We narrowly escaped Bieber Fever. My kids didn’t become Swifties or Directioners. Then, it finally happened. My middle schooler became a victim of pop music fandom for the first time. Our family keeps the radio tuned to our local Christian music station; we aren’t exposed to much pop music.…
      • Sibling Harmony

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        My family recently gathered at my youngest son’s home to meet his firstborn, a son named Wesley. My little granddaughter moved from room to room checking out her Aunt Rachel’s home and meeting her new cousin for the first time. Little Wesley was passed from Grandma to Grandpa, to his Aunt Candice and to Uncle Ryan.…
      • Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart (Excerpt)

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        Imagine if every time we disciplined our children we kept these powerful teachings at the forefront: “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:17–18). “The goal…
      • Teach your Children Compassion

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        Do you know the best way to teach your child compassion for others? Let them see hurt. Tell them about pain. Explain to them that not all people have the privilege of going to school, living in a safe community or having a place to sleep. After you let them see the need, let them…
        • School: A Reminder for Parents to Have Faith

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          For many families, the prominent theme of Fall is back-to-school. My social media stream has been brimming with photos of smiling students, full of hope for what lies ahead. For me, it feels awkward—too still and too quiet in my house. It’s eerily quiet, after a summer full of fun, laughter and memories made . .…
        • Teaching Kids to Pray

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          Teaching your children to pray is a lot like teaching your children to love. If your child came to you one day asking how they could learn to love someone, what would you say? But truthfully, most kids will not ask that question because they won’t need to. They learn to love because they experience…
        • Thoughts about Today’s Educational Dilemma

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          For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting…
          • Six Proven Ways to Get Your Kids Talking After School

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            The van door glides open and the kids tumble in. Your knee-jerk reaction is to say, “Hey, kids! How was your day?” Typical response: “Good.” “Yea? Tell me about it!” “I don’t know.” Really? You don’t know? You were out of my presence for seven hours and the best you can come up with is…
          • Happy-Go-Lucky Moms and Their Serious Kids

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            When the apple falls far from the tree, life can suddenly become very uncomfortable for a mom and the child she is raising. After every parenting talk I give, a line forms of moms with questions to ask. You can bet at least one of them will be a jovial mom who is at her…
          • Back to Blahs, Blues, and Bullies Too

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            Back to school advice is often about returning to an earlier schedule, adjusting to new classes, and breaking in new shoes. Once school has started and the new has worn off, a few other issues can emerge. Besides family, school is usually your child’s largest time commitment. We drop our children at the door of…
            • The Certain Uncertainty of Pregnancy

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              It’s been the strangest thing really, trying to prepare for something you could never really be prepared for. You can deep clean, buy everything you need, stock up on essentials and meal prep to make everything as easy and smooth as is within your control. But some things are simply out of your control, period.…
            • How Pregnancy Frees Me from Body Image Obsession

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              Still a couple months shy of delivering my first child, I’m well aware that I know nothing about being a mother. However, what I’ve learned over the last seven months of being a pregnant fitness and nutrition coach has cast a new light on my purpose. It’s all about exalting God. My hope is that what…
            • Encouraging Teachers with a Back-to-School Surprise

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              Does your child know that she can encourage her teacher(s)? 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Encourage one another and built each other up.” Why not have your kiddo help create a back-to-school surprise for each of her teachers? Here’s what we came up with and have enjoyed doing for several years: We found these cute people magnets at Mardel in store or online for just $1.50 each (price…
              • The Prodigal Returns—to School

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                It was my first day to teach school and the other teachers had decided it was best if I figured it out myself. I’m not sure they got that right, but I think God did. I lined up my class to walk them down to the cafeteria and out of the corner of my eye,…
              • Parenting Through a Child’s Depression

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                Something happens to kids between elementary and middle school. You know, besides all that biology. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m pretty sure it’s also science. You hear about it. You’re given heads-up about it. But you don’t really “get it” until it happens to you. I thought for sure I’d prepared my…
              • Raising Our Kids to Be Disciples

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                Yesterday we drove almost two hours up to Tulsa to see a neurologist for my seven-year-old. Our son developed a tic last month, and the appointment was a sobering reminder that we are powerless as parents to control everything that goes on in the lives of our children. The good news, the doctor told us,…
                • A Back to School Prayer [Video]

                  The first day of school can be bittersweet. It means freedom for mom, but it also means another year has come and gone. In this video, the Skitzy Chicks share a prayer for our kids as they head back to school.  
                • Back-to-School Advice from a Former Teacher

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                     New shoes, new backpacks, new teachers—same attitude? Most kids are excited about returning to school, even if they don’t want to admit it. Each year has a unique set of accomplishments and challenges. I used to teach school, and I well remember the first day of the year. Some of the kindergarten kids were…
                • Back to School Tips from a Finished Mom

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                  For the first time in approximately 3700 years, I realized last fall that I did not have to care about when school started. Or ended. Or did basically anything at any time, except as it pertained to driving through school zones. I was done. Three kids more-or-less-successfully shepherded through school with a complicated combo of…
                  • Give Your Kids a Morning Makeover

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                    I love a good makeover show. A couple buys a run-down house with good “bones.” They gawk at the paneling and turn up their noses at the overgrown yard. The keys to the house go to a capable team of contractors and designers. By the end of the show, the couple stands slack-jawed during the…
                  • Ten Heart Skills for New College Students

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                    My firstborn graduated from high school earlier this year. Having a child graduate began a new journey for me. It started back in August with the first day of school. From that moment it was a year of “lasts.” You know—the “last first day,” the “last homecoming,” the “last prom,” etc. I went through all…
                  • All Mom Wants for Back to School [Video]

                    Carrie and Melinda reflect on the bittersweet feelings of sending your kids back to school. But sometimes, those special times with our families over the summer months aren’t as perfect as we plan them to be.
                    • Along the Way with Your Daughter

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                      Imagine strolling along a country road on a cool evening with your daughter. The sun warms your back and a brook zigzags along beside you. Your conversation is easy and you both wear contented smiles. Now imagine the two of you are on the same road, but it’s noon. You can smell the manure being…
                    • The Underestimated Value of Present Fathers

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                      I had an interesting experience at a church service recently. One of those moments when “a little child shall lead them.” During the closing songs, as I had my hands up in the air, my younger daughter decided she wanted to be held, so she climbed up and I held her with my left arm. She…
                    • Why Does Life Have to Be So Hard? [Excerpt]

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                      My oldest (and newest) daughter, Ana, is upbeat and energetic most of the time. Early in the morning, late at night, she invented perky. And she’s gone through more in her ten little years than most people would experience in ten lifetimes. Maybe someday she’ll write a book of her own, but for now, she’s…
                      • Politics and Parenting

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                        I saw a video of a three-year-old holding his growling dinosaur. When he was asked the name of his toy he responded with, “Donal Twump.” Our kids are noticing, hearing, and processing a lot more news than we realize. Do you protect your children from politics or include them in the process? There is value…
                      • How to Grow Your Child’s Conscience

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                        Have you ever noticed, some parents think their kids can do no wrong? Others think their children can do no right. Well, there are elements in both statements that have some truth in them. We are made in God’s image. And we have all sinned. I guess we are all perfectly imperfect. Our kids need parental…
                      • ‘For Better or For Kids’: Giving 100 Percent Together

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                        I (Patrick) can’t say that I hadn’t been warned about what marriage and parenting would require. I remember sitting in a Chicago park with my mentor while attending Moody Bible Institute. It was Sunday night, and we were meeting to talk about relationships. I don’t recall most of what he said that night. However, one…
                        • How to Serve Someone with Parenting Challenges

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                          I have some real challenges in my parenting reality. The extent of which I did not even fully understand until about a year ago. But those challenges have been a part of my life every single day for a long time.  And in the midst of navigating them over the years, I have felt eyes on…