Children

Holding My Faith Firmly Instead of My Children

In the past 24 hours I’ve had the opportunity to talk to two of my children – my high school sophomore and my 6th-grader – about their faith. It was…

Coronavirus Distancing: Help With Your Kids

Feeling overwhelmed with the coronavirus events unfolding before you? We have some important words of encouragement for you AND some fun practical ideas to help pass the hours and days…

4 Simple Ways to Teach Scripture to Young Children

I’ve always found this passage a rather tough pill to swallow. How can we really think about and discuss God’s Word at every corner of our day? I’ve also found…

Five Ways to Draw Your Little One Closer to God

We all want to raise good kids.  We want our children to be kind and compassionate, loving and forgiving. How in the world do we teach them these things???  From my…

A New Night Time Ritual—to Speak My Kids’ “Love Languages”

We’ve had some major upheavals in our family recently, of the moving-to-the-developing-world variety. It’s refreshed my experience of God’s faithfulness, to say the least—and of the resilience of children! But…

When Your Child Says, “There’s Nothing to Do”

It’s enough to drive us parents crazy, especially when we’ve just come through Christmas and the kids have presents galore, have been entertained nonstop by others, and have enjoyed many special events in…

4 Gifts That Will Put a Smile On Your Child’s Face

Hurrying into the store, the mom hushed her young child. “Stop whining!” Her son didn’t seem to hear her. “I wanna go home.” Dad jumped in. “Stop it, now!” With…

Generosity — The Cure for the Gimmes

The Importance of Building Character Part IV – Generosity: The cure for the “gimmes” There’s a super villain that shows up this time of year. I call him the Green-Eyed…

Margins Bless and Reduce Family Stress

Hurrying through the house, we searched under chairs and beds for the lost shoe. “You need to be more responsible and keep up with things,” I reminded my child.  On…

Ten Tips for Raising Kids Who Don’t Rebel

While there is no fail-proof recipe for raising kids who don’t rebel, here are 10 tips for parenting in a manner that encourages mutual respect, emotional attunement, and healthy boundaries….

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