What should kids know about Memorial Day?

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Kids probably think Memorial Day is about a day of vacation, barbeques, parades, and the chance to hang the flag out on the front porch. Parents tend to protect kids from the real meaning of the holiday. There will be plenty of time for them to understand the sacrifices of war, the cost of freedom,…

Should teenagers get a summer job?

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In 1978 almost seventy-two percent of our teenagers got a summer job. Today, that number is about twenty-eight percent. Different reasons are given for the change. The recession meant that many of the jobs formerly given to teenagers are now taken by adults. The increase in illegal immigration has added to that job deficit as…

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…

The Parents’ Club

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I recently made a mistake I have made way too often. Most parents make this same mistake because it often goes unreported. The day we meet our children is one of the most life-changing moments of our lives. Actually, it might be the most life-changing moment of our lives. It’s natural to talk about it,…

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…

A Little Bunny and a Lot of Jesus

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Explaining the Easter bunny is a lot like explaining Santa. Santa is easy because that was simply the nickname given for St. Nicholas—who is a great Christmas story. The Easter bunny is a little trickier, but still doable. How did the Easter bunny come to be associated with the celebration of the resurrection of Christ? In…

Hey Mom, why do they call it Good Friday?

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Kids have a lot of questions about Easter. For that matter, so do most of their parents. The Easter story is a tough story to tell kids. I used to remind Jim, my preacher husband, to be aware of the little faces in front of him when he was preaching the events of Good Friday.…

Good News for Bad Parenting Days

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Babies cut teeth and kids get sick. All children forget homework assignments or permission slips, and choose to exert their free will in public at the worst times. Kids get hurt, disappointed, lazy, and angry. Kids have bad days and usually want parents to “share their pain.” There are some days when parents crawl into…

Janet Denison Shares Parenting Perspective [Video]

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Have you ever wanted to get the parenting low-down from someone wise, regular, and fun that can give honest look-back advice? ChristianParenting.org founder and blogger Janet Denison (mom, author, Bible teacher, and Christian speaker) chats with Kay & Brenda in an afternoon carpool line about her Top 10 Kindergarten-to-college “bucket list.” You can find a…