Moms, what voices are you listening to?

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Just the other day, after a restless night of sleep, cut short by my son Noah’s growing pains in the middle of the night, I crawled out of bed. I muttered a few unintelligible words to my husband and left our bedroom. Then staggered downstairs. After making a cup of coffee, I plopped on the…

The Day I Gave Up Diet Coke

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I love Diet Coke. To be more specific, I love Coke Zero and Diet Dr. Pepper. Not just a little something I enjoy; I mean, I thrive on it. And it can’t be from just anywhere, either. I like certain locations, with a certain ice, only in the right cup, and with the perfect carbonation-to-syrup…

How to Avoid Parental Burnout

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When people talk about experiencing burnout at work, most people simply nod their heads with a knowing kind of look. It’s almost expected that a time will come where you’ve had all you can take at a job and just need a break. The thought that we would experience that with our kids, however, often…

Is My Child Safe at a Christian Summer Camp?

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When the school year winds down and temperatures heat up, parents begin to think about summer activities for their children. As one of the most iconic summer pastimes in America, summer camp is at the top of the list. In evaluating Christian camps, parents often look at programs offered, the location of the facility and…

Connecting Real Food to Spiritual Health

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Good food. The phrase means different things to different people. Aside from the obvious (parents: vegetables; kids: candy!), even our location—farm, suburban, urban—affects how we access food and think about nutrition. Connecting City To Farm, a nonprofit organization founded by Kris Habashy, connects food producers and consumers by teaching families about safe and affordable nutrition through…

Will Your Teenagers Graduate from Their Faith After High School?

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Will your teenage son or daughter still be walking with Jesus when they graduate college? Or will they leave their faith behind as they walk off that graduation stage to start a new chapter of life? As parents, we want what’s best for our kids. As Christians, we know that means following Jesus for a…

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…

Charting Your Family’s Spiritual Course

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Decades of moral and spiritual decay have left our foundations crumbling. Our families are in disarray and our nation’s homes are broken, and we continue to lose ground at an alarming rate. Are parents being the spiritual leaders that they should be? Are children being discipled in the home?  Until these basic commandments from scripture…