Anyone who has tried to attend church with small children understands the enormous blessing of the church nursery and Sunday School. Not only does it allow us to participate more fully in worship, we've also come to rely on it to do some of the heavy lifting when it comes to teaching our kids about God. Many of us are back to in-person church attendance, but in most cases, there is no Sunday School. Not to worry! You can do a wonderful job of teaching your children about God
In my last article I offered advice on evaluating your own expectations in order to make a reasonable decision regarding the best school for your child. But there are far more important considerations to address than a school’s dress code, or the kind of music they sing in chapel. You don’t really need for me to spell them out for you–you already know what the important things are; still, it never hurts to have a friendly reminder, so here goes! Important questions to ask be
This is a strange and scary time. The kids are home from school, and you’re home from work. Even if you’re homeschooling, things are different and your kids know it– they can sense it even if they don’t fully understand what’s going on. Depending on their ages, each of your children will understand things at a different level, but they will ALL take their cues from you. It’s the perfect opportunity to begin or continue to lay a good foundation of faith in their lives. The thi
Are you familiar with the phrase, “Say the magic words!”? I don’t hear it often anymore, but as a child I heard it almost daily, either from my parents or parents of my friends. It was their prompt to get us to say “please” and “thank-you”, and was every child’s first lesson in manners. Teaching a child to say those words doesn’t automatically make him grateful, but the words themselves are very powerful, and can work almost like magic—especially “thank you.” The simple two-w
When you’re a parent, lost in the crazy whirl of day to day responsibilities and challenges, it can be tough to remember the goal. It sometimes seems as though the highest and best thing you can aim for is getting food on the table, and making sure everybody gets to soccer practice or tae-kwon-do on time. As important as it is to keep our children fed, and where they need to be on time, there are higher goals than staving off hunger so that we can make it to extracurriculars.
I’ve recently been going through some of the most difficult times of my entire life; to say I’ve experienced some “ups and downs” would be a gross understatement. Some mornings it’s all I can do to get out of bed–the life feels drained out of me, and I don’t want to face anything. Or sometimes I feel great in the morning, but a sight or a smell during the day triggers something in my memory; suddenly my eyes well up with stinging tears and I feel as though I can’t breathe.
I’m one of those people often called a perfectionist. I suppose I am, although I don’t think of myself that way, but I have to admit I’ve always imposed very high standards on myself and my work. If I had to do something, I wanted it to be done well, or at least to look like it had been done well. Everything from my grades to my appearance and the appearance of my home was a reflection of me, and it was always very important what other people thought of me. Because of this
I haven’t written anything for literally months, as you can easily see. There’s a reason for this. I’ve actually intentionally avoided blogging; something in me resists giving advice right now–while I have a lot of experience, there’s so much I don’t know, so many other excellent voices out there regarding parenting issues, and I’m going through so many transitions myself that I just don’t really want to be in the position of “expert.” So, where does that leave this blog? Wel
Parenting is a tough job; it’s a long journey with a lot of ups and downs, and most of us need a lot of encouragement along the way. Because it isn’t always easy to spend time with other moms and dads, or to find out what they’ve learned through their struggles, I’ve decided to ask some young moms (and maybe a couple of dads) to let me interview them. Over the next few weeks I’ll share these interviews in some of my blog posts. Today I’ll introduce you to a young woman, Reb
In a recent post, I spoke about the necessity of understanding the nature and needs of children in order to be an effective parent. I said that children are naturally self-centered and foolish, a description that sounds harsh to modern ears. I would be the last person (I promise!) to encourage people to be unkind to their children; I know that serious damage can be done by being insensitive to children, forgetting their vulnerability. It is vital that we listen to them, re
My mind is quite often a jumble of competing and contradictory thoughts and impulses. These thoughts and emotions are not considerate in the way they present themselves to my consciousness—they assault me pell-mell, simultaneously, at any and all times of the day or night, and I must often make a concerted effort to choose to discard certain thoughts temporarily and choose to pursue one task. More often than not, even as I am focused on a particular responsibility, there is a