Authenticity Anyone?

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The longer I walk this earth and parent and spend time with people, the more I realize how desperately we crave authenticity in our relationships. Stick with me for a minute on this. It’s easy to dismiss authenticity as just another one of those trendy words the millennials are throwing at us these days, like…

40,000 Reasons to Parent Your Child’s Thoughts

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My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow springs of life. Proverbs 4:20 Did you…

A Time To Rest (Said No Parent Ever)

“The Lord has placed each of us in a specific place or sphere of influence, and our job is to be absolutely faithful in that arena and let the Lord work from there.”2
I’ve never really been a fan of January. Something about the letdown after Christmas, my clothes not fitting, our bank account gasping, pine needles lingering—oh, and then there are the kids. Lord, bless them, but every single year they pull out all the stops after Christmas, and I’m left wondering where my husband has gone…

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…