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The Power of Encouragement

January 13, 2022|KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg|

A recent New Year’s trend involves choosing one word as a theme or focus for the next 12 months. For parents, a great word to choose—and remember regularly—is “encourage.”  
At times, it seems as if the parental job description involves being children’s #1 fan, but true encouragement goes much […]
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Biblical Food For Thought

November 24, 2021|KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg|

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 […]
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Listen Up

October 22, 2021|KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg|

“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.
That applies to our faith lives, too. […]
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Address Rebellion with Love

September 23, 2021|KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg|

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 […]
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The Faith-Growth Mindset

August 24, 2021|KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg|

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 […]
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Beyond Happy: Finding Joy in God

August 13, 2021|KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg|

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 […]
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Celebrate Faith-Filled Heroes

July 16, 2021|KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg|

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 […]
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Faith-Building At Home

June 22, 2021|KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg|

Throughout Scripture, Jesus uses family terminology to describe our relationship with him and with other Christians. He calls his followers children of God and his beloved brothers and sisters. 
Because families are so important to Jesus, he offers instructions for how loved ones should live:

Forgive your brothers and sisters from […]

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Death and Heaven

May 26, 2021|KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg|

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. […]
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From Brokenness to Freedom

March 18, 2021|KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg|

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 […]
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The Lies We Tell Our Kids

July 23, 2020|KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg|

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 […]
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How To Share God’s Big Story With Your Kids

June 16, 2020|Anne Kibblewhite, KidZone|

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 […]
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Hide & Seek

June 3, 2020|Jodi Graff, KidZone|

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 […]
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The Power of a Praying Parent

May 12, 2020|KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg|

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 […]
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Building Trust with Your Kids

May 1, 2020|KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg|

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 […]
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4 Ways to Maintain Mental and Emotional Wellness During a Crisis

April 27, 2020|Dr. Chinwé Williams, KidZone|

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 […]
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Answering Tough Questions

April 23, 2020|Anne Kibblewhite, KidZone|

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 […]
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Self-Care for You and the Family

April 21, 2020|Jasmine Randell, KidZone|

Self-Care… REALLY Jasmine?… YES REALLY.
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” […]
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Confessions of a Not-So-Awesome-Homeschool Mom

April 17, 2020|KidZone, Sarah Goertzen|

Oh, you have homeschooled before?”
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 […]
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How to Speak Life Over Your Kids

April 15, 2020|KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg|

You have probably done it. I know I have. You know what I’m talking about…using those parenting phrases when talking to your kids. Here’s a few to jog your memory:
  • You better wipe that look off your face.
  • If you keep making that face, it’ll freeze that way.
  • If you want to act like a […]
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