How do you know if your children are truly believers?

Children brought up in families that attend church regularly often do not have specific memories of when they became Christians. They know the Bible stories, they enjoy church-led children’s activities and youth group, they may even read their Bibles often and know how to pray. Many are even baptized, but that happens because they know…

Share your best non-electronic traveling games for the family.

curly smiling baby in the car seat. Red car seat.
Traveling with kids has never been easier, if you have iPads, tablets, and movies. But not everyone has those luxuries, and many who do are rebelling against the fall-back solution to car trip boredom. If you have put away the electronics in part or whole during a road trip—or if you can remember from your…

How do you help your children deal with the death of a family member or close friend?

Depending on our children’s ages, this question will have different answers. But many kids will go through the loss of a grandparent or family member at some point in their childhood. Share your experience in breaking the news to them, in helping them understand what truly happened, and helping them learn to grieve well. Don’t…

What bad habits are you trying to break?

Children see everything, though they’d like to convince us otherwise sometimes. Like, their messy room or dirty bathroom . . . “I didn’t know, Mom!” But usually, they are the first to pick up on a habit or behavior that you would rather they didn’t notice. Playing with your phone while driving? Drinking too many sodas? Letting…

What do you do for cheap family fun during the summer?

kids in pool
With the kids home all summer, boredom is sure to set in sooner or later. This calls for creative planning on parents’ part as we search for activities, games, and places to go on a weekly basis. But we don’t want to break the bank! What do you do with your children that isn’t expensive—swimming at Grandma’s…

What are your favorite child activities for summer?

It’s almost here! With the end of school comes the annual question of how to occupy the children’s attention for up to ten weeks of summer break. What are your favorite activities? Do you send them to church camp or athletic lessons? Are you at the neighborhood or backyard pool every morning? How much screen…

Share one of your mother’s favorite sayings.

Hispanic mother and middle aged daughter
In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate the wisdom and wit of our moms. What are her favorite sayings? What did/does she like to say over and over again? What can you predict she will say in certain situations? Which words of hers will you always remember and treasure?

What are your favorite money-managing tips for teens and grads?

Hopefully you’ve already convinced your tweens and teens that you don’t have access to a money tree. Perhaps they earn an allowance, or have started working odd jobs for neighbors and family to earn a little extra. And if you are really fortunate, your teen will have landed a real part-time job. With money coming…

What are your child’s favorite books?

Reading is one of the greatest treasures of life. The primary goal of school in grades K–3 is that children learn to read. After that, they read to learn. What are your kids reading, or what are you reading to them? Share the title(s) of your child’s favorite book and its author. Be sure to…

Chocolate or No Chocolate?

lindt choc bunny
Easter is two weeks away. The stores are bulging with “seasonal” cards and candy aisles, waiting for us to indulge and eventually bulge, ourslves. But Christians know that Easter is really Resurrection Sunday—the most important day on the church calendar. How does your family keep the balance between cultural fun and spiritual truth in this…