As Christmas approaches, we can get so busy getting things ready for the big day. Christmas shopping, baking, parties, and concerts fill our schedules. Our calendars are so full making sure our gift lists are checked off and our family Christmas photos are done that sometimes we forget to revel in the joy […]
Children, no matter their social class, often define themselves by their possessions and wants. Meanwhile, our materialistic culture insidiously distracts from what kids really need: to connect, to be satisfied, and to matter.
Ultimately, children want attention and relationships more than things. Through connections with Jesus and his followers, kids learn […]
“God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason.” Like most parents, you’ve likely heard—or at least thought—this before. The symbolism rings true: Listening more than we speak shows that we care about people’s needs and feelings. Listening also helps us understand others better and grow closer to them.
After a summer of “freedom” and relaxed rules, September’s return to school and schedules often poses a challenge for children. On top of that, 2021 has been filled with new restrictions and limits that are tough for everyone to comply with and comprehend.
As the pandemic drags on, kids are likely to have […]
With a new school year on the horizon, attention turns to goals for learning and growing. To encourage academic improvement, many schools now emphasize what psychologist Carol Dweck calls the “growth mindset”—a belief that anyone can learn and grow with effort. Potential is unlocked when children believe they can learn from challenges and […]
In today’s society, happiness is often associated with external circumstances, possessions, and wealth. The Bible, however, teaches that happiness is more of an internal condition—and that it results from God’s blessing, love, and grace.
Studies show that spirituality is a key factor in children’s happiness, even more so than it is […]
Summer has become superhero season, as blockbuster movies depict courageous characters with special powers. Bible heroes are a popular topic for summer church programs, as well, offering reminders that those “characters” were real flesh-and- blood people. Daniel really survived a stint in the lions’ den. David, a young shepherd boy, did indeed defeat the giant Goliath with […]
Death is a tough topic, especially for children. It’s challenging to explain why people die and what happens to them after they die. Some kids have little experience with death, while others may have had their world turned upside-down by a loved one’s passing.
Death is sin’s ultimate “sting,” but for Christians, Jesus has erased it. […]
When I was 7-years old, my parents separated. My mom and dad were my world (they still rank pretty high on my list!) and all of a sudden, my life went from the security of having my two parents with me all the time, to living in the primary custody with my mother and seeing […]
Bubblegum was a big deal when I was a kid. My favourite brand, Bazooka, was packaged as singles for 5-cents each. It came with a unique comic strip inside sharing the adventures of Bazooka Joe that all the kids in the neighbourhood would collect and trade for fun. If you have ever had the privilege […]
What’s your favourite Bible story? I can’t count how many times I’ve asked someone that question. When I stop and think about it I regret phrasing it that way, but it’s become so ingrained in our language that it’s hard to shake. We often talk about the Bible as series of stories, which makes sense […]
Growing up, one of the games that I loved to play with my brothers and friends was “hide and seek.” We would take turns hiding and being the one to try and find the others. We would be creative in looking for the best hiding spaces and squish our little bodies into them. (I always […]
TEACHING! It’s like the everyday, common thing you do as a parent. May it be from showing them how to tie their shoes, or feed themselves with a fork, or how to make their bed and tidy up their toys, or eventually knowing how to add toilet paper to the washroom so you’re not left […]
The other day I had a terrible headache that just would not go away. I was sitting on the couch, watching a movie with my son, feeling absolutely miserable. It didn’t help that we were watching Iron Man 3 with the surround sound bass booming! No amount of medicine was working and my son could […]
One day last week, my 13 year old son came down to log-in to his online video class wearing a full body corn costume and a Goofy hat. I don’t know why. I asked, but to be honest, I didn’t really get a clear answer. I feel […]
I don’t know about you but there are some points and times in my life where I notice my nerves and emotions hitting a wall. Not wanting to be a part of something or even think about something. It’s not always a bad thing, but sometimes it is, especially, if I’m no longer up for […]
Camping has always been a huge part of our family’s summer experiences. While living in central Ontario, we decided to invest in a small property at a Christian campground. We loved the idea of our kids having a summer place to call home and we made the most of it! One of the features of […]
So much of our world has changed in just a few weeks. Many people are feeling anxious, disrupted, and overwhelmed. If you have been struggling with your own anxiety or depression, the current COVID-19 outbreak may trigger the feeling that you’re spiraling downward, fast.
The two most troubling aspects of this crisis, for many people, has […]
As a parent you know it’s coming. You don’t know when, but you know it’s coming. Maybe your child likes to pop them out of the blue. Your child might be the one that rattles them off rapid fire. The BIG questions. How did Jonah breath in the whale? Did God make dinosaurs? Does God […]
You may be saying, “right now???” and I totally get it. But trust me in the uncertainties and times like these, I believe these few tips and reminders from God might be useful for both you and your family.
Whenever I speak to anyone including my own experience when the word “self-care” […]
This is a question that I have been asked during my parenting journey. I would smile and say “Yes, but only once!” I would throw my head back and chuckle. The interested person would throw their head back and chuckle because […]