Bedtime Routine for Kids: Now I lay me down

Written by: | September 26, 2013

As a child, my mother would tuck my siblings and I into bed each night around 8pm. The routine would fluctuate slightly, but always end the same. We might have indulged in a small bedtime snack – which was always a scoop of plain vanilla ice cream. We might...
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Teaching Older Siblings to Care for Younger Children

Written by: | September 24, 2013

Teaching older siblings to care for younger children is especially important to my family. My four children’s ages span a range of about eight years. My oldest is closing in on 13, and my youngest is about to turn five in just a few days. My first three children...
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Family Night Tips: Make It Fun Not Forced

Written by: | September 20, 2013

There’s nothing worse than forced, family nights! I can hear that parent now, “You will have fun whether you like it or not!” I don’t want to have to twist my kids’ arms to spend time together as a family. I want them to love it now when the...
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Age Appropriate Chore Charts

Written by: | September 13, 2013

If you have kids, I can almost guarantee you’ve tried chore charts in some form or another. But finding effective, age-appropriate chore charts has not been easy for our family over the years. In fact, I’ll admit I sometimes forget the part about making my kids do chores because...
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Top Bible Apps for Kids

Written by: | September 13, 2013

Are your constantly nagging your children to stop playing games on your iPhone, iPad, or other device? Have you checked out some of the great Bible apps for kids? We live in a digital world where there are not only great games and educational apps, but increasingly there some...
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Helping Kids Cope with Tragedy

Written by: | September 10, 2013

As parents, we naturally desire to shield our children from tragedy. We turn off the TV to protect their eyes. We might even ask them to leave the room to protect innocent ears. We watch their intake carefully to protect their hearts. But as much protection and security as...
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10 Tips for Inspiring Reluctant Readers

Written by: | September 6, 2013

My six-year-old is a reluctant reader. She loves to be read to, but she doesn’t enjoy picking up a book and deciphering the letters herself. Many of our little ones are like that, aren’t they? (And maybe a few of our older kids, too!) There are a lot of...
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What Grandparents Teach Us

Written by: | September 5, 2013

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...
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Keeping in Touch with Family from a Distance

Written by: | September 3, 2013

I voluntarily chose to write on the topic of keeping in touch with family from a distance. Then, I had a slight panic attack. “What am I doing?” I thought. I’m horrible at keeping in touch. However, isn’t that how it is sometimes? God has us write or talk about...
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Considering Adoption?

Written by: | August 27, 2013

Adoption is something that is very dear to our family. We have three adopted nieces and nephews and my husband and I have always felt led to adopt. Our family’s spiritual discontent is orphan-care. There are 153,000,000 orphans worldwide. “Some of these orphans have lost one parent, some both,...
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Don’t Lose Sleep Over Kids Sleepovers

Written by: | August 26, 2013

My kids love sleepovers. Who wouldn’t love staying up a little later while being with friends, laughing, playing games, and snacking on treats? It’s great fun that creates lasting memories. A lot of Christian parents think that nothing good can come from sleepovers. Perhaps you have memories of your...
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