What should kids know about Memorial Day?

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Kids probably think Memorial Day is about a day of vacation, barbeques, parades, and the chance to hang the flag out on the front porch. Parents tend to protect kids from the real meaning of the holiday. There will be plenty of time for them to understand the sacrifices of war, the cost of freedom,…

Is My Child Safe at a Christian Summer Camp?

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When the school year winds down and temperatures heat up, parents begin to think about summer activities for their children. As one of the most iconic summer pastimes in America, summer camp is at the top of the list. In evaluating Christian camps, parents often look at programs offered, the location of the facility and…

Connecting Real Food to Spiritual Health

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Good food. The phrase means different things to different people. Aside from the obvious (parents: vegetables; kids: candy!), even our location—farm, suburban, urban—affects how we access food and think about nutrition. Connecting City To Farm, a nonprofit organization founded by Kris Habashy, connects food producers and consumers by teaching families about safe and affordable nutrition through…

Teaching Kids to Think

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One of the most difficult months of the teaching year is May. Young kids can’t sit still. Older kids know how to count the days and daydream. High schoolers are more interested in their proms than their papers. And college students are asking themselves why they didn’t start to finish sooner. There is so much…

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…

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…