Sharing God’s Big Love for 25 Years: Miss PattyCake

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Several years ago at a moms’ convention, my booth sat next to that of a friendly woman who seemed very popular with young moms and their toddlers. Her cheerful green jumpsuit with the red candy striped blouse, bright red lipstick, and beaming smile drew a steady stream of twenty-something moms eager to buy her CDs…

Helping Kids Learn to Handle Anger

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Everybody gets mad sometimes, and kids are no exception. Anger is natural, but learning how to handle anger will mean stepping away from what is natural. Children handle their anger differently so you might not be able to use the same techniques as your friends. It’s even likely that your own kids will need different…

A Very Special Country: Kids Answer Questions about America

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In this energetic, yet educational and thoughtful, video montage, kids are asked questions about their country. What do you like most about America? Who is your favorite Founding Father? What did they dump into Boston Harbor? What’s our country’s symbol? What does your family do on the fourth of July? Follow along with your kids…

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…

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…

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?…

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…

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:…

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…