To the Mom Whose Kid Didn’t Make the Honor Society

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It’s that time of year. The school year is ending and, with that, brings all the accolades and recognition of school-year achievements. Every time I look at social media (including my own accounts), I see pictures posted of kids receiving certificates for academics or trophies for sports, or the excitement as seniors get accepted to…

Teaching Kids to Copy the God Stuff

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We teach our kids to copy others from the beginning, and that can be a good thing. Modeling behaviors is how they learn to hold a spoon, play with a toy, and treat other people. We took our four-year-old granddaughter to her soccer game the other day. The entire coaching strategy was to model the…

If Your Child Is Different, Read This Book [A Review]

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“If your son continues with his behavior, we will need to ask you to find other schooling options,” the letter read from the principal. My husband and I had spent two years praying and correcting, but no matter how many parenting books we read and tried to apply, the notes sent home from school continued:…

The Awesome Thing about Your Kid’s Misbehavior

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The rough-looking teen’s tough veneer had softened. I detected tears in his eyes. “No one has ever said anything like that to me.” Just minutes before, I met this teen in a line at our local amusement park. After a brief conversation, I dug a little deeper and asked Jared what he was good at.…

Your Kids Are Not Your Report Card

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A children’s ministry leader motioned for me to come to the back from my seat during the church service one Sunday. She asked if I knew the parents of a certain child and wanted me to help her locate them. Their daughter had been scratched in the face by another three-year-old in class and she…

Guiding Your Child’s Heart from Darkness to Light

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Bear is a pretty good sleeper. He likes to lay down at night and roll onto his tummy, bury his head down like a hedgehog and snuggle with his pacifier and a small, soft blanket. He prefers to lay in the bed instead of being rocked to sleep. Add a little white noise, and he’s…

Building Character Through Elf on a Shelf

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Many of us grew up with Santa, but his little buddy the Elf on a Shelf has gotten growing attention in recent years. Just like the Santa story, the “Elf” story can lead your kids toward God, or away. We just like to think deeply at Connected Families, and how we celebrate the birth of…