Are We Robbing Our Kids by Giving Online?

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A Note from Cynthia: Most of us have heard the story in the Bible of the widow’s mite. A woman gave her last coin at the temple, and Jesus said that her gift was larger than all the others because she gave out of her poverty while all the others gave out of their wealth (Luke…

God Gave Them Wings

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Christian radio stations may cause a certain number of fender benders this month. Every May, they dust off the song “Give Them Wings” by Mark Harris, and parents of kids graduating to the next level of school tear up and lose sight of the road or the car in front of them. If your child…

When Grief Builds a Church

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In the middle of my neighborhood, a chapel sits on approximately thirteen acres of prairie land. This pretty, little, white church is my happy place each morning when I load up my little one in the stroller and go exercise (by each morning, I mean twice a week at best, and I rarely break a…

Helping Kids Finish the School Year Strong

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Spring break is over, and there are still several weeks to go. There are more tests, carpool lines, book reports, and science projects. And the coagulated gravy on the Salisbury steak in the cafeteria is getting pretty tiresome, too. I used to teach elementary school, and these last weeks often became a long countdown to…

Help Your Child Set Goals for the New Year

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For most adults, the days leading up to January 1st are a time of reflection and projection. We take stock of how well we did life the last twelve months and make a list of things we want to change or new things we want to try. We are conditioned to do this from years…

Raising Kids to Leave

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The coupon arrived from the bed and bath store saying, “Campus Bound: 20% off your entire purchase.” I looked at mine and wondered who I should give it to this year. That store will be filled this month with extra-long twin sheets, mattress covers, shower caddies, and desk lamps. It is also filled with moms…

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…

Can I be a good mom and not choose organic?

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I get that question a lot, and I answer, “Absolutely.” As Americans become more aware of food allergies and food safety, new terms have become mainstream: gluten-free, vegan, going organic, and more. We all want to know what’s healthiest, what’s dangerous, and how we can provide the best food for our families. But the marketplace…

Five Things To Teach Your Kids About Money

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The teenager lost a contact lens while playing basketball in his driveway. After a brief, fruitless search, he gave up. His mother took up the cause and within minutes found the lens. “How did you do that?” he asked. “We weren’t looking for the same thing,” she explained. “You were looking for a small piece…