Teaching

Teaching

Time To Think

Most of us are not intentionally mean spirited or hateful. We don’t look for opportunities to hurt others nor do we teach our children to do so. But I would have to argue that merely teaching them to NOT be hurtful IS NOT enough! We must show them what it looks like to BE loving, grace-filled and kind. My youngest revealed this truth to me when she decided not to share her toys with her cousin. When I spoke with…

Planted or Buried

Have you noticed no one ever says they are burying seeds, but they say they are planting seeds in anticipation of harvesting later? We associate planting with life, newness and fruitfulness. But we bury to hide, leave, or end something. There is no expectation of future return. I have a question for you: Do you live like you’re Planted or Buried? God wants you to know that you’ve been planted, but satan wants you to think that you’ve been buried. So it’s…

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.…

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…

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…

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,…

Get your HEC in check

Let’s cut to the chase. If we’re being honest, We’ve parented more than we want to out of our emotions.  You know, those days we were tired, frustrated, frazzled, and hungry, and we let those emotions determine how we interacted with our children. I am thankful for family and friends who would make me question my actions  after days like that and tell me to get my H.E.C. (HEC) in check. (sidebar: you need some of those people in your life) Hunger, Energy, Cravings,…

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…

In the midst of chaos, what do you choose?

I’m sitting here in my family room with clothes and papers sprawled over the floor and luggage everywhere. My daughter is preparing to go back to grad school this weekend. Any other time I would be quite annoyed  with the mounds of stuff heaped through out the house. But today I am so thankful for each pile. That is a huge statement coming from me! I like order, clean lines, clean floors, and schedules. My daughter can function quite well…
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