Why It’s Worth Seeing ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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Disney’s latest live-action reboot of an animated classic started out as one of the year’s most highly anticipated family films. Sadly, it quickly devolved into a battleground over gay rights and the role children’s movies should have in pressing that issue after director Bill Condon—who did an excellent job with the film—told reporters that there…

Creating Community through the Holidays and Beyond

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Need for Community + Holiday Season = Stressed People. We want our tribe gathered around us. We need our people. But church events and Christmas programs and work parties, oh my. Where do we scrunch one more thing in? On the other hand, maybe the celebration of our Lord’s birth and the anticipation of a…

‘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.” …

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…

Your Child Doesn’t Need a Smartphone

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As the father of two young children, the following true-life story from my counseling practice terrifies me. The mother of a twelve-year-old called me and frantically relayed that her son was considering suicide. As she revealed how her child had gotten to that point, I became increasingly sick to my stomach. Through a social media…

Read the Christmas Story throughout December [Free Printable]

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We’ve always waited until Christmas morning, right after the kids open their stockings, to read the Christmas story. #276 Bad Parenting Idea: Read a long passage from the Bible while kids are waiting to open presents. For a spiritual moment, probably not the best choice mom and dad! Instead, we are going to do a short…

Gaming: A Safe Place for Teens? [Giveaway]

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Games are everywhere, and to a new generation, they are almost everything. They are social, sports, entertainment, education and more. Many young people make money by competing, making videos of themselves playing, or from ads that display whilst people watch them play. It’s a brave new world, and it isn’t going away. Parents, as you…

Happy Birthday to Us: Memories and Party Favors

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It’s smash cake time here at the ChristianParenting.org office! We might be slightly more dignified than a one-year-old (maybe), but we really are celebrating a major milestone. This week our site celebrates one year of online presence, one year of ministering to you—to parents seeking resources that help them raise their children to know and…

‘Owlegories’ Creator Talks with ChristianParenting.org

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You can tell a lot about an artist by what he creates. That is the theme behind Owlegories, the animated series that teaches kids about God through the amazing things found in nature and revealed in God’s word. Its banner verse  is Psalm 19:1–4: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the…