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5 Traits of a Good Friend (and How to Help Kids Develop Them)

5 Traits of a Good Friend (and How to Help Kids Develop Them)

As a mom of both young kids and older ones, I’ve learned how important it is for my children to find good friends. It’s been said that we are most like the five people with whom we spend the most time.. This is especially true for our kids. Kids pick up characteristics they see. They

5 Scriptures That Address Key Issues Teens Are Dealing with Today

I have three teen daughters and one more who is right on their tail. I’ve also raised teen sons into adulthood. (Quite a feat!) During the teen years, there are so many concerns heavy on a teen’s heart: interactions with other guys and girls, school pressures, school or relationship drama, feelings of insecurity, and worries

How to Help Your Kids Crush Comparison

How to Help Your Kids Crush Comparison My daughter was in second grade when she decided that she hated her hair. Anyone can see that her hair is beautiful; in fact, strangers have often stopped us on the street to tell us so. She has gorgeous light brown ringlets with blonde highlights that frame her

It’s Never Too Soon To Share Jesus With Our Kids

6 Over the course of our lives we may hold different jobs and fulfill many different roles, but the Bible makes one thing clear: the moment we become parents, raising children who know and love the Lord becomes our most important mission in life. Start children off on the way they should go, and even when

How Do We Teach Our Children About Angels?

When I was a little girl, I was terrified of the dark. No matter how tired I was, when bedtime came, I did my best to stay awake because I was afraid of the things that lurked in the darkness. Although Mom made sure my bed was warm and cozy and filled with all of my

How to Raise a Strong Girl in a Princess World

When my oldest daughter Leslie was 5-years-old she refused to wear pants… for a whole year… because she was a princess. I thought it was cute for the first month, but we lived in Montana. Have you ever tried to dress someone in a snowsuit while they were wearing a dress? I have seven daughters

Tips For Bible Journaling With Our Teenagers

When our children are young, training them in the way they should go is relatively easy (Proverbs 22:6), but as they enter their teen years, guiding them becomes an increasingly challenging process. As parents, we often find ourselves wondering: How do we continue to develop the firm foundation of faith that we’ve already instilled in

How to Choose a Bible Translation for Your Child

I’ll never forget it. I was in first grade and reading! The excitement welled up in my chest when I walked past the kindergarten room and into my new Sunday school classroom. However, the class held some surprises that day. The first one came when I discovered the first-grade class sang songs from the children’s

When You Can’t Have That Thing You Really Want

When I found out I was expecting my first baby in the fall of 2007, I quickly began dreaming of quitting my teaching job and staying home with my baby. My own mother had left the workforce when I was a toddler, and I don’t remember a time when she wasn’t a stay-at-home mom to