Praying for Those in Mourning

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The Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash and the Gaza-Israel crisis are major stories currently flooding news outlets.

As we go through this week, we’ll hear more and more about these tragic events.  When we turn on our TVs, computers, or radios, we’ll be met by these stories. And hearing about these stories again and again may be overwhelming. However, read more

Magazine Bracelet: Parent & Daughter Activity

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If you’ve got some old magazines, then you’ve got yourself an activity! read more

Who’s the Perfect Parent?

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This past weekend, I listened to a father tell his story of how drug and alcohol addiction kept him from being the parent he had hoped to be. He wanted so badly to change his life and restore his relationship with Christ and his relationship with his children. So he tried surrounding himself with other Christian parents. But most of them condemned him for abandoning his children, made him feel inferior – like they were better – and wanted him to read more

5 Almost-Outdated Things I Want My Kids to Use

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“Mom, how do you spell—?”

Before my 8-year-old could complete his question, I said, “Go look in the dictionary.”

He wondered why I told him to look in the dictionary when a huge computer system was within arm’s reach. read more

Sharing God’s Word with Our Children

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This Week’s Parent Job Power Devotional

One of my favorite childhood memories is when my parents welcomed a homeless family into our home. This family, which consisted of eight small children, were forced to evacuate their home because of damage caused by storm flooding.

It was interesting to watch two sets of parents try to keep a total of eleven rambunctious kids calm. Many days my dad would gather all of the children and have us sit in a circle with our legs folded. Then he’d pull out his big, black read more

4th of July Party Masks: Parent & Child Activity

4th of July Party MasksGo ahead, pull out your craft supplies! You’ve only got less than a day if you haven’t already done a 4th of July activity with your kids. This year, I’m a bit late. But that’s not a problem because our activity only took about 30 minutes to complete. And if you’re in my shoes – doing a last minute activity, consider making 4th of July masks. They’re read more

Parenting in the “Now”

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There have been moments when I’ve caught myself trying to gaze into the future, hoping to figure out the next chapter in my children’s lives. I daydreamed. I wondered. And sometimes, I worried.

But worrying can cause me to miss out on what’s happening in my children’s lives now. It can remove me from being emotionally present. read more

Is Your Child Gifted?

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We’ve all heard the stories: a 12-year-old enters college, a 2-year-old joins Mensa, or a 6-month-old counts to 100.

No doubt, stories like these are amazing. Personally, I enjoy reading these stories. In fact, whenever there’s an article or video online about a “gifted” child, I call my kids, and we huddle in front of the computer to learn about the child.

It’s always interesting to observe my children’s responses. Their eyes pop wide with excitement, and I hear “wow,” “that’s so cool,” and “wait, go back, let me see that again.”

But I must admit, while looking at the screen, my comments read more

Have a Joyful Week

 

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This Week’s Parent Job Power Devotional

Children laugh one minute and cry the next. They have good days and not-so-good days. And when they’re crying or having a not-so-good moment, there’s one thing that can change it all: the joy of the Lord.

Reflection of the Week:

God’s joy comes from within and it’s contagious. Let’s display His joy so that read more

A Fun Way to Keep Kids Reading This Summer

sumreadsignToday is the first day of summer!  And I like to start a new reading program on the first day of each season. So we’re kicking off the summer with a summer reading adventure!

This season’s title is “Reading is Sweet: A 20-Book Adventure,” and the theme is…ice cream!! Nothing says summer like a little kid covered in sticky blobs of dripping ice cream from head to toe. read more