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What Grandparents Teach Us

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

Say It! Then Pray It! Speaking God’s Word Aloud

When my daughter was born, I was immediately overwhelmed with emotion and the weight of responsibility that came with motherhood. I struggled early on, wondering if I could do this mom thing and I obsessed over each decision I had to make. My relationship with God grew as I questioned, complained and even begged for

3 Ways to Steal Gratitude from Your Kids

Thank you. Two simple words, yet they mean so much. When said with warmth, sincerity and integrity, they communicate love and appreciation. Yet when said with sarcasm or guilt, they can leave you feeling undervalued and dismissed. Ironically, these are also some of the first words we teach our children. My husband and I taught our

5 Simple Ways to Help Children Feel Secure

In society today, we receive news and media coverage faster than ever before. Our children can easily overhear updates about national disasters on the radio in the grocery store. They see photos on magazines at the checkout counter. They hear about world problems from classmates at school. No matter the method of intake, it is

Getting Kids Out of Their Comfort Zone

The first time we took our boys to a climbing gym, they stood close to us and stared up in awe at the sheer height of the climbing walls in front of them. Adults and kids were hooked up to harnesses, climbing at a variety of different skill levels, but all making their way higher and higher until they

Teaching Your Child How to Handle the Bully

Loving the unlovable is hard – especially when you are a kid. “Roof, Roof, Roof, Roof,” my classmates yelled. As an adult it seems silly, but in fifth grade, this chanting of my name, an intentional variation at that, devastated me with embarrassment and shame. Words, just as much as sticks and stones, do leave their

Lessons in Love

Nighttime Comforts of Rhymes and Rhythm

Can you recall your favorite bedtime story from your childhood? Perhaps you remember a certain book read by a devoted parent who had memorized almost every word? Many adults can! The memory of a well-loved bedtime book often follows us into our adult years. What makes reading a book at bedtime so wonderful and comforting?

Helping Children Understand Unconditional Love

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8 Over the past few years I’ve experienced an interesting shift in the conscience of my oldest child. As a toddler, she responded to correction with resistance; as a preschooler, negotiation; and now, as an

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