Teach your Child to Advocate

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My daughter called me on the phone. FaceTime. She tried to not let it show, but my mommy eyes saw beyond first look. I noticed the fight-back-the-tears look and heard her voice quiver. It broke my heart. She wasn’t ready for her quiz. My daughter struggles to learn. Normally I’m there to run interference for [...]

7 Ways to Build Self-Esteem…God’s Way!

“You can do anything you set your mind to.” “You have everything you need within yourself.” “Believe in yourself.” “Follow your heart.” I’m sure you recognize these statements that are so prevalent in our society today. They’re always spoken with the best of intentions, aiming to build up the self-esteem of the hearer. Unfortunately, I’m [...]

July Activity Calendar

July Activity Calendar

I hope your summer is off to a great start! Are you running out of ideas for keeping the little ones busy? Print out this activity calendar for some fun, fresh ideas to entertain your crew on a hot summer day! Be sure to check out the recipes and notebooking pages that are included in [...]

30+ Parent-Child Date Night Ideas

30+ Parent-Child Date Night Ideas

I never went on dates with my Dad or Mom. Not that I feel deprived, it just wasn’t something that was done in our house. My husband has always done what he could to take the kids out for a bit so I got a break, but it wasn’t until he entered full-time ministry last [...]

Parenting Two or More: Tips and Tricks!

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Two children might not sound like a lot, but the difference between one child and two children is ENORMOUS, both because now there’s twice as much parenting work for Mommy and Daddy, AND because competition now exists within the household. Having more than one child is AWESOME. I say this based both on my experience [...]

7 Ways to Help Kids Encounter God

7 Ways to Help Kids Encounter God

Yesterday I considered the amazing reality that God wants to encounter your children and mine. Today I’d like to offer seven suggestions for how we can encourage our kids to encounter Him. Read God’s Word to them. “The Word of God is living and powerful…” (Hebrews 4:12). I’ve certainly experienced the power of God’s Word in my own [...]

Divine Encounters…For Kids!

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Here’s a jaw-droppingly beautiful truth: Jesus’ first priority for you is just to be with Him. Mark 3:14 tells us that “He appointed twelve that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach.” Do you see how being with Him came first? Before the preaching, before the healing, before the [...]

4 Lies Kids Believe (and you just might, too!)

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Like it or not, we’re living in the “Information Age.” We’re bombarded with tidbits everywhere we go, aren’t we? An update here. A newsflash there. A weather alert now. Wait, here’s a status change! Google and Pinterest, smart phones and Amazon. It’s nearly impossible to escape the deluge! And all this information can be a good thing…as long as it’s based [...]

Little Things Matter

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It’s easy to define life by the “bigger things”: finances, job or state in life, etc. For example, I live in Iraq and have been working as head of curriculum in the establishment of one of the first private schools to open here for decades. It’s full of adventures and challenges. But you know what [...]