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…

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…

7 Reasons You Should Care About Martin Luther

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Did you know that 2017 is the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses? You don’t have to be Lutheran to care about this important moment in the history of the Christian faith. The changes that Martin Luther brought to the world sparked the Protestant Reformation and have effects that trickle down to people of…

Kids in the Kitchen

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You know all of those sweet commercials that show mom making cookies with her smiling, helpful, neat, and super clean children? Is it just me, or does anyone else think, “We never look like that!”? Baking and cooking is messy! And when you get kids in the kitchen, guess what happens? They make a mess!…

Create Moments of Awe and Wonder for Your Children

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Over the holidays I had the opportunity to participate in Advent celebrations in churches of different faiths. I am always curious to observe how churches include or exclude children in the life of the church because it says something about how they view the spiritual growth and development of little ones. In one church the…

Raising Kind Kids

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Are babies born “kind” or is kindness a learned behavior? After looking at several studies the best answer I could find to that question is “yes.” Human beings are born with a natural sense of compassion for others. But that natural compassion can be impacted by the way a child is raised. Kindness is something…

‘Frown Rebound’: An ‘Instant Advent’ Episode

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Video summary: With sad changes happening to their family, Ada and Otto wonder if there is anything to rejoice about this Advent season. Devotion: On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.” …

Christmas Crafts: Making Pop-up Cards

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Need something to keep your little ones busy while home from school? Hands-on crafts are a favorite with children of all ages. Perhaps one of these three options will inspire you. The Sparkhouse Family team has posted a series of short videos that teach children how to make three kinds of fun Christmas cards. The first…

Throw a Party with This Kids Christmas Album

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To be honest, I’ve been hesitant to review the Bethel Music Kids Christmas Party album. I have never been a huge fan of hokey children’s music. But this album pleasantly surprised me! As a worship leader and new mom, I think this album is awesome. From the moment it started playing, I could not stop…