9 Ideas to Help Children Show Love to One Another

Written by: | August 14, 2014

When the disciples desperately sought to understand what they should do as Christians, Jesus summarized the role of Christ-followers with this statement to them: By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. – John 13:35 Showing love sometimes comes naturally and sometimes...
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Who Will They Turn To? {Kids’ Role Models}

Written by: | August 8, 2014

At my mentor’s 60th birthday party a couple years ago, her husband asked the small group of her close friends gathered around her in their living room to go around the circle and say something memorable about her. Most were her peers, so my husband and I gleaned a...
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Living a Life of Gratitude

Written by: | August 7, 2014

Brené Brown, a popular psychology researcher and blogger who has studied emotions for almost 15 years, discovered that joyful people practice gratitude. In one of her books, she talks at length about the connection between the practice of gratitude and happy, content, and joyful feelings. In other words, people...
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5 Ways to Prepare for Your Homeschool Year

Written by: | August 5, 2014

It’s that time of year again… time to start thinking about the school year. Summer is coming to a close and many are ready to get back into a routine with their families and kids as they homeschool. We started back last month and this year was the easiest...
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The Best Passed-Down Parenting Advice

Written by: | July 24, 2014

Once you have children, all those little things you recall hearing your parents say over, and over, and over when you were a child suddenly come back. But this time, you are saying them out of YOUR mouth directed at YOUR children! When hearing them as a child, you...
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Checking In On Your Family Mission and Goals

Written by: | July 18, 2014

If you’re anything like me, you start the year with great intentions – setting goals, making plans, making this the year your family really comes together to make a difference. And then life happens. I really do think it happens to almost all of us. Raising children is a...
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Sharing God’s Creation with Kids this Summer

Written by: | July 17, 2014

We spend a lot of time outside in the summer. We smear on some sunscreen, spritz on herbal bug spray, and head into the great outdoors. There’s so much to experience. In the busy-ness of our culture, it’s easy to forget the pleasures that being outside can bring. I...
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How to Balance the Schedule in the Summer

Written by: | July 10, 2014

School’s out and summer’s officially on! The last day of school has long faded and everyone has been staying up late and sleeping in. Personally, I love staying up late and sleeping in, only at some point, it seems that everyone gets a bit grouchy and the need to...
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Ten Cool Summer Ideas for Kids

Written by: | July 8, 2014

Ahhhh…. Summer is here! Finally. I love the laid back days of this season…especially when I intentionally choose to enjoy these moments with my children – moments that will pass all too quickly. This year I realized that I only have six summers left with my oldest child. Time...
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July 4th Family Traditions

Written by: | July 3, 2014

The 4th of July is almost here and we’re really looking forward to the festivities it brings. From parades to fireworks and homemade ice cream. It’s all wonderful, isn’t it? However, a couple of years ago I got to thinking, “Am I teaching my boys the REAL meaning of...
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