Pardon The Mess Podcast: Joy to Your World Advent Mini Episodes

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Include the joy of Christ in each day of your Christmas season. Joy to Your World is written and recorded to help your children see the Christmas story through the eyes of those who were present to witness the first century miracles surrounding the Messiah’s birth. Each day provides biblical truth that will offer encouragement about the…

Christmas with a 2030 Perspective

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What do you remember about your childhood Christmas celebrations? How do you want your kids to answer that question someday? If you’re like me, you don’t tend to remember the gifts you were given as much as the special moments. One of my great regrets with my kids is that our Christmas season was often…

Retail’s Quick Change from Candy to Christmas

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I went to Walmart the day after Halloween. The “fun-size” candy was on the discount rack, and the Christmas wrap, ornaments, nativity sets, decorations, candy canes, etc., etc., etc. were rapidly being stocked on every open shelf, rack, and display. I’m pretty sure I saw a Thanksgiving turkey or two, but, let’s face it, as…

The Gift of Inclusion

Sometimes the greatest gift you can give another person is to simply include them.
I can trace it back to about second grade. That’s my first memory of some kids being included while others were left out. Here’s how it went. The Wedding The wedding of the year was in the works for many months before the big day arrived. Bridesmaids were picked, groomsmen named, someone brought a few…

Faith in the Hard Places

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A Note From Cynthia: Did you know that the chances of winning the lottery are one in 175,000,000? Did you know that the chances of a child getting cancer are one in 285? Natalie Hildebrand is all too aware of these statistics, having recently faced a cancer diagnosis with her young daughter. Natalie wrote the…

The Other “Talk”

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Parents have been encouraged to have “the talk” with their kids for several generations now. But that isn’t the “talk” I’m writing about today. There is another important discussion that all parents need to have, but this “talk” is one you need to have with yourself too, especially before the next school year cranks up.…

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…

The Shooting: When Your Kids Ask

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In light of the shooting at First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, your kids will ask some hard questions, and “Why didn’t God stop him?” is probably in the top five. Why didn’t God stop the crazy man from shooting people in a church service? If God was going to protect anyone, wouldn’t it be a…

A note from ChristianParenting

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ChristianParenting.org is pleased to announce Cynthia Yanof as the new brand manager for the ministry. Cynthia brings a unique set of gifts and talents that will help expand and enrich the existing content we provide our readers. The “remodeling” process is in full swing, but, like most renovations, the project is taking longer than expected.…