Kids

Kids

Protecting Our Kids From Technology

May I talk candidly with you about kids and phones?  Giving a child a phone without proper “training and guidance” is the same as putting a teen behind the wheel of a car without training and telling her to go and have fun! The latter you would never do, but if we’re honest, most of us have handed our kids a smart phone and thought nothing about the magnitude of the device we placed in their hands. I’m not saying…

Just Perfect

Grocery shopping is always an adventure for me. Climbing into cold storage units or scaling up shelves along the isle are common. Usually I try to maneuver about discreetly, but sometimes I stalk tall people; following them down an aisle, asking them to grab an extra bottle or two as they reach for theirs. When you’re four feet nine inches tall, vertical storage = “opportunity for creative problem solving”.  There was a time when I didn’t see it this way.…

Family Values

Values: State it, Own it, Live it What do you want your family to be like? How do you wish people would describe you? Twenty or thirty years from now, what do you hope your children will say about how they grew up and what they learned from you? At RedlandHills, we know what we want our family to be like: Our mission is to help our families   Connect with God, live in Community and share Compassion with others.…

Memory Work

May I help you for a moment?  I would love to help you teach your children how to walk in the authority of Christ. Memory work. Let’s start by committing to learn this statement and practice saying it aloud to your children as often as you can. “You have the authority to reject what is not true! Love yourself, like God loves you!” Break it down Now let’s break the statement down so they understand the magnitude of the words.…

Raising Culturally Aware Kids

According to research your child can see skin color and hair textures as early as 6 months old. By two, your child is putting words to what he recognizes and between 4 to 6 years old, he is assimilating likenesses. Anything that is unfamiliar or unlike him is yucky or funny looking. 7 to 10 year olds are beginning to refine their understanding of how we are different and alike all at the same time.  I included these statistics to…

God Love

I remember holding my son for the first time and experiencing a feeling of overwhelming love and sense of deep connection. I don’t know if I audibly said the words “I love you”, but every adjective I used to articulate my thoughts could have been replaced with love, love, love. In that moment, my brain didn’t register the cost of what “I love you” would and does require of me.  I had all the gushy, emotional, I’ll provide for you and…

Setting The Stage

Have you ever been in or to a play before? If so you know the importance of stage preparation.  Someone’s  job is to make sure props are functioning and appropriately placed, lighting and sound are working: and not to mention the obvious, making sure the stage is even safe to stand on.  Setting the stage for our family is no different. You as the parent, are the “someone…”. What do expectant parents do? They spend months preparing homes, gadgets, schedules, cars etc. for the…

Celebrating Advent

Would you like your children to be a little more giving and a lot less focused on getting? Why not start a tradition of celebrating Advent. Advent is about the expectant coming of our Savior and the Joy of celebrating the Hope he  brings to the world. Check out this video and try a few of the suggestions below for a change to the customary christmas celebrations. Display an Advent wreath with 3 purple and 1 pink candle. Progressively light…

Thanks Giving

It’s Thanks giving. When we say these words we usually put them together and it becomes synonymous with “I have eaten too much”.  I hope that it also means family gatherings where you’re intentionally giving to others, and making lasting memories and family traditions. And I hope it means laughter- tons of laughter!!!     This is my favorite time of the year.  I love getting together with my siblings and extended family (from both sides of our family).  I’m smiling now as I type,…

Where’s the Manual?

Children don’t come with manuals, but God does give us instructions on how to live intentional lives; which is what we want for our kids- right?  We can check out some of these instructions in  Proverbs.  “These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right,…

Fidgety, rambling, loner- it’s how i learn!

Ever wonder why your child won’t sit still or why she has to put her hands on everything? Have you tried to talk to her, but she keeps interrupting and completing your sentences? She may simply be doing what comes naturally to her based on how she’s wired to learn.  In other words this is how she receives, relates, and releases information. When our children were younger, We talked about how different our kids were yet we expected  them to be similar if…

It Takes A Village

In our fast paced, instant access world, a village is necessary to help navigate this thing called Parenthood. A Few Reasons why Villages are good: We are Better Together Parenting is hard and the thought of going it alone is overwhelming. When I had my first child, I lived hundreds of miles away from “family” (in fact 2 weeks after we arrived there, my son was born), but I quickly learned that I could have “family” in my church and…
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