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  • The Parents’ Club

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    I recently made a mistake I have made way too often. Most parents make this same mistake because it often goes unreported. The day we meet our children is one of the most life-changing moments of our lives. Actually, it might be the most life-changing moment of our lives. It’s natural to talk about it,…
  • Will Your Teenagers Graduate from Their Faith After High School?

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    Will your teenage son or daughter still be walking with Jesus when they graduate college? Or will they leave their faith behind as they walk off that graduation stage to start a new chapter of life? As parents, we want what’s best for our kids. As Christians, we know that means following Jesus for a…
  • Teaching Kids How to Pray

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    Sometimes God gifts parents with moments when we think, maybe I’m doing okay with this parenting thing. Like a few weeks ago when my son, age seven, saw a homeless man as we drove and said, “God, please help that man. He looks dirty and sad.” Awww. So sweet. But let’s be real. My stack…
  • When Your Children Grieve

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    In January, a sixteen-year-old girl from my community was tragically killed in an ATV accident. But she was not one of those unknown faces or names that we see on the news every night. It was a classmate and teammate of my own kids, a dear friend that they lost suddenly. Because my children attend…
  • Can Children Love God?

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    Hopefully, children experience love and the bonds of love from the time of their birth. Before their first birthday, they have developed smiles and other behaviors that indicate they know the people who love them are special and unique from the other people in the world. Children experience love from an early age, but when…
  • Charting Your Family’s Spiritual Course

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    Decades of moral and spiritual decay have left our foundations crumbling. Our families are in disarray and our nation’s homes are broken, and we continue to lose ground at an alarming rate. Are parents being the spiritual leaders that they should be? Are children being discipled in the home?  Until these basic commandments from scripture…

Discussions

  • One Family’s Unusual Adoptive Journey [Excerpt]

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    Our family makeup is unique. If I were to see my family out in public, I’d be curious and probably stare a bit. So rather than be easily offended or pretend to be normal, we try to face it with openness, grace, and a little humor. We chose to adopt two kids with Down syndrome…
  • Redeeming Carpool and Commute Time

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    Have you ever calculated how much time you spend in the car each week?!? (For heaven’s sake, please don’t!) My guess is that you would agree it’s enough time that we should consider how to spend it. The good news is, spending time in the car is a perfect opportunity to talk to your kids…
  • A Little Bunny and a Lot of Jesus

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    Explaining the Easter bunny is a lot like explaining Santa. Santa is easy because that was simply the nickname given for St. Nicholas—who is a great Christmas story. The Easter bunny is a little trickier, but still doable. How did the Easter bunny come to be associated with the celebration of the resurrection of Christ? In…
    • What ‘Strong is the New Pretty’ Says about Our Daughters

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      A group of fathers was recently asked to name the top two or three qualities they hoped to see in their daughters. Intelligent, independent, and strong were their top three answers. Essentially, the men surveyed wanted a daughter who would be capable of taking care of herself and who showed the kinds of capacities often…
    • Movies for the Family at Easter

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      The Easter season has become a favorite time of year for families to watch movies about Jesus, his crucifixion and resurrection, and other biblical stories that point to the savior. Below are a few recommended shows for families, kids, and adults that will help keep the focus on Christ and his amazing gift of salvation.…
    • A Resurrection Garden How-to for Easter

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      I’ve seen many different versions of Resurrection Gardens through the years and had always wanted to make one. Being a Type A person, I finally put it on my calendar for the following February to make sure we remembered to not let another year pass. With my kids getting older, I’m realizing more and more how…
      • Making Easter Spiritually Meaningful for Kids

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        Easter is a busy, exciting celebration for the Christian faith. But between chocolate, eggs, and a certain furry animal who likes to hide them both, it’s easy to lose sight of what the holiday is all about. Yes, bunnies and chicks are fun and festive, but Jesus triumphing over death to free humanity from sin?…
      • Hey Mom, why do they call it Good Friday?

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        Kids have a lot of questions about Easter. For that matter, so do most of their parents. The Easter story is a tough story to tell kids. I used to remind Jim, my preacher husband, to be aware of the little faces in front of him when he was preaching the events of Good Friday.…
      • My Problem With Online Grocery Shopping

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        When the sun was setting, all those who had anyone sick with various diseases brought them to Him. As He laid His hands on each one of them, He would heal them. —Luke 4:40 NIV For Lent, I decided to go beyond jumpstarting my diet or breaking a habit. This year I vowed to stop…
        • The Challenge of Parenting in Public

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          Recently, I heard an advertisement for a restaurant that offers a “good child discount” for parents whose kids behave well during dinner. I laughed. I’m pretty sure there were some restaurants that would have paid my family to leave when our girls were young, but good child discount? Yeah, not really. One huge trigger for anger…
        • 5 Ways to Build Literacy and Faith

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          As parents, “to do” lists often feel endless. Between soccer practice and ballet, church activities and chores, families tend to lead full and busy lives. So when someone suggests parents should also be “building literacy” or “building Biblical literacy” in addition to everything else they do, we may feel intimidated or overwhelmed. How can kids’…
        • April Fools or Is God’s Word for Real?

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          April Fool’s Day is a great time to introduce, discuss, or reinforce the inerrancy of God’s word with all ages. How? Here are some easy ideas and tips, broken down by age. Toddlers/Preschoolers/Young Children: There are a couple of ways I reinforce the concept of the inerrancy of the Bible on a child-like level each week I teach preschool Sunday…
          • How Whispering Got My Kids’—and My—Attention

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            My kids aren’t listening, and I’m worn out. Lately our habits (theirs and mine) have gotten pretty ugly. They don’t listen. I yell. It doesn’t help. I get mad. I yell more. They finally hear and give me the “what is your problem, crazy lady?” stare. I lecture. They try not to roll their eyes. We all…
          • Good News for Bad Parenting Days

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            Babies cut teeth and kids get sick. All children forget homework assignments or permission slips, and choose to exert their free will in public at the worst times. Kids get hurt, disappointed, lazy, and angry. Kids have bad days and usually want parents to “share their pain.” There are some days when parents crawl into…
          • Am I Raising Judgmental Kids?

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            As I’m soldiering through these tween years, I have a new respect for mommas who’ve raised well-balanced, know-right-from-wrong adults who also have a deep, true genuine love for everyone. It’s not easy. Here’s how this has played out in our house: We teach them our core values. The things we want to stick. The things…
            • Why It’s Worth Seeing ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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              Disney’s latest live-action reboot of an animated classic started out as one of the year’s most highly anticipated family films. Sadly, it quickly devolved into a battleground over gay rights and the role children’s movies should have in pressing that issue after director Bill Condon—who did an excellent job with the film—told reporters that there…
            • From Bad Hair to Brokenness: Pointing Our Kids to God

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              Kate is my awesome, godly daughter who rarely flies her thirteen-year-old crazy flag. But when she does, it’s great stuff that must be shared. So with her permission, I relay a worthy moment in our house a few weeks ago in hopes of giving us something bigger to consider in our parenting journey. One particular…
            • Helping Children Cope with Death

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              Death is one of the hardest topics to broach with a young child, especially if you are struggling to deal with your own sorrow. However, it is an inescapable aspect of life and your child will want to understand it and find his own way to grieve. Children of all ages are confronted with that…
              • The Exit Strategy: a Parental Safety Net

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                In October of 2010, I took the plunge to follow my call: I left a high-profile country radio morning show in Dallas/Fort Worth to start a life of ministry. I told my co-hosts first, which was by far the most difficult part. Afterward, I sat in the office of our program director. He looked me…
              • Is Your Child Ready for Believer’s Baptism?

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                My seven-year-old has been asking, periodically for almost a year, to be baptized. I recorded this conversation from a car ride home after church in December: Me: Gabe, so why do you want to get baptized? Gabe: Because I do! Me: Nope, not good enough. Gabe: Because everyone else in our family has been baptized.…
              • Janet Denison Shares Parenting Perspective [Video]

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                Have you ever wanted to get the parenting low-down from someone wise, regular, and fun that can give honest look-back advice? ChristianParenting.org founder and blogger Janet Denison (mom, author, Bible teacher, and Christian speaker) chats with Kay & Brenda in an afternoon carpool line about her Top 10 Kindergarten-to-college “bucket list.” You can find a…
                • If Your Child Is Different, Read This Book [A Review]

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                  “If your son continues with his behavior, we will need to ask you to find other schooling options,” the letter read from the principal. My husband and I had spent two years praying and correcting, but no matter how many parenting books we read and tried to apply, the notes sent home from school continued:…
                • Kids and Giftedness with Kathleen Fischer [Video]

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                  This clip from the Say Something Show features Kathleen Fischer’s wisdom on kids and their unique gifts. Kathleen Fischer, RN author, life-coach, educator, and mother of three, has specialized in adolescents for over thirty years. She has worked in public health, taught in high school as well as at the university level, and encourages parents through…
                • Giving Lent Meaning for My Kids

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                  God has been a part of my life for almost as long as I can remember. But Lent wasn’t a significant part of worship in the churches we attended. So, I was intrigued and curious when I would see my Catholic or more liturgical friends show up on Ash Wednesday with a cross on their…
                  • The Needy Child in Each of Us

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                    Kids have needs. Lots of needs. Constant, mind-numbing, are-you-serious, can-mommy-and-daddy-get-a-break kinds of needs. When our oldest child, Evan, started kindergarten, it was a bit of adjustment. (This adjustment may have involved a few tears, some blood-curdling screams, and gym-full of kindergarten parents thinking, “Well, at least that’s not my kid.”) Fortunately, he adjusted quickly and…
                  • How to Help Our Kids Learn from Mistakes

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                    As parents, one of our greatest fears is often that we’ll do something to screw up our kids. While my two children are still young, I already wonder at times whether I’m being too hard or not hard enough. How do you discipline a three-year-old, for example, in such a way that she’ll understand what…
                  • A Bucket List for Christian Parents

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                    Have you heard the song by MercyMe titled “Dear Younger Me”? In some ways that was the inspiration for this article. I had been asked to speak to a group of moms at a Christian school and my thoughts took me down a similar road that Bart Millard walked when he wrote that song. As…
                    • My Child Has Cancer: One Family’s Spiritual Journey

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                      Jace Poncio was two years old when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A. L. L.). Initially, his parents, Jason and Tisha, were told his treatment would take three years, but it took an extra six months. He completed his last chemo treatment at age six on May 25, 2016—a week before his Kindergarten…
                    • Ephesians 6 — The Spirit-Led Parent

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                      With the usual caveat that my parents weren’t perfect, I freely admit that I have big shoes to fill as a mother. My parents fed, clothed, and schooled my brothers and me. They cheered us on and worked hard to give us every chance at success. They loved us. And they consistently disciplined us. Paul’s…
                    • The First Pillar of Truth We Must Teach Our Children

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                      In my previous post, I noted two concerning, and connected, trends: Young people walking away from faith Biblical literacy dramatically declining among young people (and adults) As promised, this is the first of five pillars to teach your family. That means five ways to help your family grow up to understand truth and to walk more confidently…
                      • The Awesome Thing about Your Kid’s Misbehavior

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                        The rough-looking teen’s tough veneer had softened. I detected tears in his eyes. “No one has ever said anything like that to me.” Just minutes before, I met this teen in a line at our local amusement park. After a brief conversation, I dug a little deeper and asked Jared what he was good at.…
                      • Kids and Lenten Fasting: Yes, No, or How Much?

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                        I was raised in an Episcopalian, church-going family. My mother volunteered anywhere she was needed, my father served on the vestry, and my sisters and I participated in choir, youth group, and other various church activities. I remember my parents observing Lent each year, mainly because my mother would always give up sweets, and if…
                      • Kid Kindness

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                        What kind of kindness can kids kindly give? How is a kind kid created? A room full of toddlers all wanting the same toy is usually not a picture of kindness. A soccer field full of competing children may not demonstrate kindness. A group of teens with laughing sarcasm and a cell phone may not…
                        • Teaching Our Kids to Love God with All Their Strength

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                          And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…