Now That Your Teen Has Watched ’13 Reasons Why’

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About half an hour ago, I clicked Netflix off and sobbed like a baby. Have you heard of 13 Reasons Why? The Netflix original series is a revenge fantasy orchestrated by a suicidal teen. Through the thirteen tapes she recorded before her death, Hannah gets revenge on the individuals she considers the “reasons” she committed…

Teaching Kids to Think

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One of the most difficult months of the teaching year is May. Young kids can’t sit still. Older kids know how to count the days and daydream. High schoolers are more interested in their proms than their papers. And college students are asking themselves why they didn’t start to finish sooner. There is so much…

Movies for the Family at Easter

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The Easter season has become a favorite time of year for families to watch movies about Jesus, his crucifixion and resurrection, and other biblical stories that point to the savior. Below are a few recommended shows for families, kids, and adults that will help keep the focus on Christ and his amazing gift of salvation.…

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…