How to Teach Kids that Kind is Cool

Written by: | February 17, 2017

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24 Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. It’s one of those attributes that invokes all sorts of warm fuzzy feelings for the recipient and a swelling sense of pride for...
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10 Crazy Things We Do For Our Kids (that we need to stop)!

Written by: | February 15, 2017

Do you find yourself in a rut, doing the same things with your children you desire to stop?  You aren’t alone!  Whether it’s doing everything for them, or sheltering them too much, we all fall into bad habits.  Here are 10 of the craziest things we do, and how...
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6 Tips for Teaching Your Children to Love Well

Written by: | February 13, 2017

From the moment I laid eyes on her, I was smitten. How is it possible to fall in love with someone you’ve never met before? Yet when each of my babies were born, I fell head over heels in love with them. I began to dream of all the...
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30+ Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Kids

Written by: | February 8, 2017

One of my favorite months of the year is February, for one reason – Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day gets a lot of flack for being just another holiday to buy cards for, but I view it a little differently. Valentine’s Day is a great time to let anyone in...
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3 Ways to Turn Winter Blues into Family Joy

Written by: | February 6, 2017

We live in Michigan… to say that winter can sometimes seem looooonnnnng is a gross understatement. When you have to layer up so much you look like the kid from The Christmas Story (you know the kid who’s mom bundled him up so much he couldn’t put his arms...
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How Parenting is Like Groundhog Day

Written by: | February 1, 2017

Do you remember that old, classic comedy Groundhog Day? Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again. After a while, he...
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Helping Little Ones Understand They Have a Heavenly Father

Written by: | January 30, 2017

The other night our family gathered around the table ready to begin eating dinner.  We asked the question, like every night, “who wants to pray?” They began to fight over who prayed last and no one volunteered, nor showed interest in praying. It really hit me in a powerful...
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When It’s Hard to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Written by: | January 27, 2017

Well, here we are at the end of January and those New Year’s resolutions we were so pumped about a month ago are not so exciting anymore.  Personally I am ready to eat something that’s not on my list of approved items right about now. Yes, I, along with 100...
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How to Start a Bible Reading Routine for Your Kids this Year

Written by: | January 23, 2017

With the New Year comes resolutions, plans and goals to live differently in the coming months. While some will quickly fade, there are others we hope and pray will stick around forever. One of those, at least for our family this year, has been to start a consistent Bible...
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Raising Ark Builders

Written by: | January 20, 2017

As a child growing up, I remember reading all the famous biblical stories. You know the ones… the story of Jonah and the whale, the story of Daniel and the lions den, the story of Moses parting the Red Sea. The privilege of being a child is being able...
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The Key to Teaching Kids to Respect Leaders

Written by: | January 18, 2017

R-E-S-P-E-C-T No, I won’t sing it for you now (although, if we were in person, I probably would break out into song), but I do want to talk about what respect means to all of us these days. I hear the word respect used a lot. Professional athletes talk...
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10 Things Children Love (But Moms Secretly Hate)

Written by: | January 13, 2017

One weekend last fall we gathered with my family in a cabin to relax and reconnect. Seven adults and four children seemed to be a good mix; the odds in our favor with the small ones outnumbered. But never underestimate the power of three boys plus one girl ages...
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