Author Archives: Shannon McAvoy

Conquer the Battle of Bedtime with Young Children

Conquer the Battle of Bedtime with Young Children

Bedtime… how can one word evoke so many different emotions? Joy — because your job of parenting is done for the day and you finally have a few moments to yourself? Dread — because you know there is another battle coming — the battle to get the teeth brushed, jammies wrangled on, and kids to

God Uses You & Me to Care for His Creation

When I think about the Earth and all of God’s creation, I find myself singing the sweet children’s song, He’s Still Working on Me. The chorus goes a little something like this: He’s still working on me To makes me what I ought to be. It took Him just a week To make the moon

Loving Your Kids Like Our Good, Good Father Loves Us

As I sit here thinking about how I teach my children about God’s deep love, I find myself in awe. My love is so imperfect… finite where His is infinite! How am I supposed to be able to teach my children about the perfect love of God? God takes my love, despite its imperfections, and

Teaching Our Children Through Parables

Parenting is hard. I think it’s safe to say that every parent can relate to that statement. So many times I find myself crawling into bed at the end of the day, completely beat. It is in those quiet, dark moments that I find myself questioning my actions throughout the day. Did I react too

What Grandparents Teach Us

I look to the family unit as a unit that should not be messed with — it’s that important to me.  A lot can be learned from a tight knit, God-centered family. As the saying goes, families that pray together, stay together and are blessed with unity in many of the things they do in

Celebrate the Harvest Season with Your Family

har·vest //ˈhärvist the consequence of an effort or activity the season for gathering crops the yield from plants in a single growing season the gathering of a ripened crop gather, as of natural products The harvest is the time when you reap what you sow. As a verb, to harvest something means that you pick

The Best Passed-Down Parenting Advice

Once you have children, all those little things you recall hearing your parents say over, and over, and over when you were a child suddenly come back. But now, you are the one saying them to YOUR children! As a child they may have seemed utterly meaningless, but today, we realize what a profound effect those simple words

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