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  • Make Advent Memorable

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    How often will your child ask, “How many more days until Christmas?” A good Advent calendar might be your best purchase for the holiday season. A friend just gave me a wonderful version that is hanging in my home now. A marker is attached to a string, and each day a child is able to…
  • Making Christmas Unique for Your Family

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    I’ll bet you’re already envisioning what Christmas will be like at your house. Perhaps it will include a  service somewhere, family gatherings, a special breakfast, gifts under the tree, visits to local lighting displays and lots of great food. You probably have other special traditions that are unique to your family and all those things…
  • Three Gift-Giving Lessons You Can Teach Your Kids

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    The holidays have a peculiar way of bringing out the best and the worst in each of us. The arguments in our house begin at Thanksgiving with Black Friday. Every year, my husband graces us with a diatribe on the incivility of shopping on the heels of giving thanks to God for all the blessings…
  • 5 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Content During the Holidays

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    Keeping your kids content during the holidays isn’t always easy. Marketing during the Christmas season is everywhere—all over the TV, radio and internet—with most companies doing everything they can to get your kids’ attention. These marketers are smart. They know the easiest way to get to your pocketbook is through your kids—and at Christmas time,…
  • Your Child Doesn’t Need a Smartphone

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    As the father of two young children, the following true-life story from my counseling practice terrifies me. The mother of a twelve-year-old called me and frantically relayed that her son was considering suicide. As she revealed how her child had gotten to that point, I became increasingly sick to my stomach. Through a social media…
  • Advent Day One: The Seed (Offspring) of Abraham

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    Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ (Galatians 3:16). For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is…

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  • 3 Ways Pray with Your Kids Every Day

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    We had a minor tragedy in our home recently. Raquel and Fudge, gerbils who had lived long past a normal life expectancy for small rodents, passed away without warning. My nine-year-old son and eleven-year-old daughter were devastated when they found the lifeless clumps of fur in their cage. My husband dutifully dug a proper grave…
  • Read the Christmas Story throughout December [Free Printable]

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    We’ve always waited until Christmas morning, right after the kids open their stockings, to read the Christmas story. #276 Bad Parenting Idea: Read a long passage from the Bible while kids are waiting to open presents. For a spiritual moment, probably not the best choice mom and dad! Instead, we are going to do a short…
  • A Tale of Two Turkeys

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    Tom Turkey was a big, noisy turkey whose feathers went every which way when he walked. Tina Turkey was just as noisy, but her clucking sounded a lot different than Tom’s. Both Tom and Tina wanted to be the turkey chosen for the Thanksgiving parade. Tom thought he should be chosen because he had more…
    • All Mom Wants for Thanksgiving [Video]

      Thanksgiving is a time for family and for taking the time to count our blessings. But sometimes during the chaotic holiday, moms would just be thankful to get things back to normal.
    • Gaming: A Safe Place for Teens? [Giveaway]

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      Games are everywhere, and to a new generation, they are almost everything. They are social, sports, entertainment, education and more. Many young people make money by competing, making videos of themselves playing, or from ads that display whilst people watch them play. It’s a brave new world, and it isn’t going away. Parents, as you…
    • “Daddy, Do We Have Money?”

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      As we neared the exhibit of rides and activities, my four-year-old son turned to me. “Daddy, do we have money?” I didn’t anticipate such an astute question from my little man. He knew what was coming. He saw the thrilling rides and fun festivities. For me, well, I saw the fun, but mostly I saw…
      • A Biblical Perspective on Parental Discipline

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        Disciplining our kids is usually the most frustrating, confusing part of parenting. The stakes are high, because what kids learn when they are disciplined will last a lifetime. In our work with parents, we have seen that well-intentioned efforts often miss kids’ hearts as parents struggle to figure out, “What is ‘biblical discipline,’ and how…
      • Where Do I Put the Pilgrims?

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        Parents have a rough November these days. Nothing excites our kids more than Christmas. I was watching the television and saw the ad for the Toys R Us “Great Big Book of Awesome.” It came out while the trick or treaters were counting their Snickers bars! How wound up, distracted, and impatient are kids going…
      • Purpose in a New Mom’s Pain

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        I have been struggling lately. Certain seasons unfortunately carry with them a weight of pain that sometimes feels unbearable. For me, recovering from childbirth has been one of those seasons. Most new mothers would tell you these first several weeks are more difficult and painful than anyone could really warn. It’s unfortunately not something you…
        • 5 Ways to Make Proverbs Come Alive for Your Kids

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          “Mama, will you read Proverbs to us?” my daughter sweetly asked as she climbed onto her top bunk. We are working our way through Proverbs, one chapter at a time. I was oh-so-tired, but how do you refuse a child’s request for wisdom? So, I read the next chapter which included this passage: Mean-spirited slander…
        • Our Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Foster Care Journey

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          It’s hard to believe we are approaching eight months of being involved in foster care. It seems like just yesterday we were trying to pass a home study and focused on fire extinguishers, swimming pool safety, second-floor ladders, outlet covers, CPR training, respite care, and medicine lock boxes. Who knew we were unfit parents before…
        • My Family’s (Unarticulated) Mission Statement

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          Some families have mission statements. Together, they craft a short paragraph that will guide the family’s practices and shape its ethos. They post the mission statement in a prominent place in their home to remind them of their deepest values and sense of calling. We are not one of those families. We do not shine when…
          • The Art of Modeling Good Citizenship to Kids

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            “Mom, Dad said he’s voting for ___. What about you?” If you haven’t been faced with that question yet—or a close variation thereof—just wait. Even elementary school students know there’s an election coming. The constant media coverage and adult chatter have put our kids on a first name basis with our presidential candidates. And while…
          • When Mom Loses Herself in Motherhood

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            He was only three, my oldest son with the high-pitched voice and sweet “Yes, Ma’am.” His younger brother was a roly-poly one-year-old with a laugh that left a happy trail of slobber. And my belly was so full of baby that I could barely breathe. My insides were as cram-packed as our days. Playdates and naps, followed…
          • A ‘Radical’ Book for Kids

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            Often we post excerpts of parenting books or related articles from authors in order to share helpful resources with you. Mostly those books target parents. But this book is for the kids. You will be involved, of course, whether through reading it to your preschooler or talking about it with your older children. However, as you…
            • How to Help Your Child Overcome Fear

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              Fear is real, but often your child’s fears are unwarranted and not very realistic. The Boogeyman isn’t hiding in the closet, and bullfrogs might be slimy and gross, but they’re not truly scary (okay, maybe a little). Everyone—from the youngest child to the oldest adult—experiences fear at one time or another. In fact, most kids…
            • Kids: Do They Grow Up Fast?

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              How many times have you heard older women say, “Enjoy your children each day. They grow up so quickly.” Meanwhile you have multiple carpools, sports teams, dental appointments, and a science project developing on your kitchen table. But, consider this – if tons of women tell you the same thing, it is probably true. I…
            • Holiday Speed Bump: Halloween

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              The question of Halloween comes up in your small group and, to you, it’s not really a question at all. You’ve been waiting for your whole family to dress up as the Incredibles since last year when you dressed up like Dr. Suess characters; Thing 1 and Thing 2 never looked so cute. “Christians have…
              • Grace for the New Mom

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                 I don’t even know where to begin. The past six weeks have been one beautiful, miraculous mess. Wesley Noah is here, and he has turned our worlds upside down. Thank you for sticking with us while we figure out this whole parenting a newborn thing. Today I have finally had the time, mental capacity and…
              • Happy Birthday to Us: Memories and Party Favors

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                It’s smash cake time here at the ChristianParenting.org office! We might be slightly more dignified than a one-year-old (maybe), but we really are celebrating a major milestone. This week our site celebrates one year of online presence, one year of ministering to you—to parents seeking resources that help them raise their children to know and…
              • 5 Ways to Send Scripture to School with Your Kids

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                In two landmark decisions in the early sixties, the Supreme Court declared school-sponsored prayer and Bible readings unconstitutional. For over fifty years, Christian parents have engaged in a battle to get the Bible in school. The issue cycles through the news and we get riled up. Sadly, these events come and go with little change…
                • ‘Owlegories’ Creator Talks with ChristianParenting.org

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                  You can tell a lot about an artist by what he creates. That is the theme behind Owlegories, the animated series that teaches kids about God through the amazing things found in nature and revealed in God’s word. Its banner verse  is Psalm 19:1–4: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the…
                • Help Your Teen Daughter Get Smart About Dating

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                  PREPARING YOUR DAUGHTER FOR FUTURE HAPPINESS  It is our job as parents to help our daughters make smart choices about whom to date and to teach them how to identify the difference between the thrill of attraction and the stability of attachment. The ideal time for discussing these issues is before your daughter even begins…
                • Teach Your Kids the Joy of Serving

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                  You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love. ~Henry Drummond If you want to have a happy, almost euphoric feeling inside, go do something for someone else. That’s right!…
                  • Meeting MOPS Moms Where They Are

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                    Last week, ChristianParenting.org hosted a booth at the MOPS convention. Even as I type these words, I smile at the memories. Some moms attended, glad to have a few days to be diaper free and enjoy adult conversations. Other moms brought their babies in strollers, carriers, or papoose-like snuglies. Most of these moms came because…
                  • An Open Letter to Girls Anticipating Homecoming

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                    To the high school girl buying a homecoming dress, Hey there! I’m nobody special, just a working mom trying to raise two kids. I’ve had a lot of fun over the weekend scrolling through the Facebook pictures of homecoming parades, pep rallies, games, mums, and dates as they head out to dinner. I remember my…
                  • Turn a Fight into a Teachable Moment

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                    Fight is a bit of an aggressive word and can be construed many different ways. So, I’ll define it as is typical in my marriage. Fight (Durbin Marriage Style) – verb, when Kara and Tim bicker back and forth or have heated discussions in raised and irritated tones.  synonym – argument One evening, Tim and I began squabbling…
                    • 7 Ways to Get Your Kids to Tell You Their Problems

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                      How do we get our #teens 2 come 2 us w/problems? @1C13P @loriwildenberg This is a real question asked by a dad in one of my parenting classes. My short answer is . . . you don’t. We can’t make our kids come to us with their problems, big or small. But, we can create an…
                    • 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…