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Childhood spiritual styles: Sharing Style

Has anyone ever asked you about your personal spiritual style? Has anyone ever offered to support you in exactly that area, the area of your strongest receptiveness for the divine? Or has it been your experience that most [people] are so focused on their own approach...

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Childhood spiritual styles: Bold Idealistic Style

A child's spiritual style is not the same as personality or character. Rather, it describes the way the child most naturally connects with God. Our aim here is to give adults some tools for leading children to discover and experience further growth in their faith in a...

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Childhood spiritual styles: Rational Style

In what environment does your child feel particularly close to God? It's not that God is objectively closer to them in those situations, but that they feel God's closeness more, they sense God to be closer to them. These "locations" reveal a child's spiritual style....

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Childhood spiritual styles: Sensory Style

“A spiritual style is a God-given antenna for the divine.” German philosopher Christian Schwarz’ research into how people connect with God gives insight into the way each child most naturally experiences God. Many years ago I adapted Mr. Schwarz’ findings for my own...

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Watch us grow!

As children grow, we mark their progress in a number of ways. We mark their height on the wall. We post their report cards on our refrigerator. We place their most recent school photo on our mantel. As these milestones pass, we share our joy with our family and...

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A child’s trust builds when we–and God–show up

“Eighty percent of success is just showing up,” according to Woody Allen. In building trust with kids, that is absolutely true. Trusting relationships start with us. One of my mentors, Linda Sibley, shares her perspective. "Attention to little things over the long...

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Parents, prepare yourself to break some rules!

Linda Sibley wrote: "One hard and fast rule of parenting is that you can’t take your kids any further than you have come yourself." And no parent knows every healthy way of living emotionally, physically and spiritually. She continues, "So we’re not only figuring out...

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God as a source of security for children

At any given age children experience normal fears and anxieties. If a family becomes concerned about a child’s unusually high level of anxiety, plenty of psychological resources exist. But there is an additional, important resource to be found in anchoring children at...

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Kids ask, “How can I let God know I love God?”

Hopefully these sample answers, which you can adapt to your specific beliefs, provide some seed ideas for conversation. They are written at a child's vocabulary level. What you are saying and doing now will help lay crucial groundwork for their exploration of God...

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Activities to increase a child’s empathy

Unstructured summer days lie ahead. What activities can we use to enrich kids’ lives while having fun at the same time? Strengthen a child’s empathy this summer and you may see these results in the upcoming school year*: more relaxed physically, with lower levels of...

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5 fun activities teach kids to think of others

In an old issue of Psychology Today, I ran across an article featuring the words of Dennis Rosen, M.D. Sometimes children seem so self absorbed and so preoccupied with gadgets and toys, we wonder whether they are aware of, or care about, what goes on around them. We...

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Resilient kids are made outside their comfort zone

Are we doing children a favor by letting them have the easiest and best of everything? “What distinguishes healthy families is not the absence of problems or suffering but rather their coping and problem solving abilities.”  (Froma Walsh) A good definition of...

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Tell children your own spiritual stories

Many times, a personal story sheds a brighter light on the subject than moralizing. Rather than telling a child facing a question or decision what to do, telling them a story from your own life can be much more helpful. It helps them think creatively and gives them...

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