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Born to connect with the divine

A cornerstone of Child-Centered Spirituality is this conviction: We are born with the capability to connect with the divine, and this activity is centered in our soul or spirit. New York Times columnist David Brooks adds his observations about humanity’s innate...

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6 exercises teach kids to decompress

Decompress .... Have some fun teaching kids this all-important life skill. 1.  Finger-counting breaths "A do-anywhere exercise. Create gentle fists with your hands, and with each breath, unfurl a finger from your palm. For example, on your first exhale open your left...

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Kids remind us: keep asking questions

“We don’t ask each other questions. Instead, we speak—sometimes tweet—statements at each other.”* What response do we get when we assert our own ideas before we attempt to understand the other person? What tone does this set in our family relationships and in social...

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Offer specific reassurance when kids fear dying

"Even more desirable than being able to die peacefully is being able to live fearlessly."—Dr. Alex Lickerman. Fear, worry and anxiety are so complex in their origins and in the ways each of us manages these emotions best for ourselves. But as adults, we can adapt and...

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Teen spirituality: Faith and Doubt night

One of our Christian readers shares a teen-centered idea. The same format could be adapted to any cultural or religious style. Faith and Doubt Night "We have a relatively small youth group... maybe 10 high school aged kids if everyone shows up. Faith and Doubt Night...

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Comfort for a child’s fear of dying

When I was about 11, I went to my mother in tears about my fear of dying. And my fear of my dad or mom dying. Her conversation on that warm summer afternoon stays with me to this day. Indestructible until my work is finished My mother's sacred text of choice was the...

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Grandparents as spiritual guides for their family

To a culture increasingly entertained (or disgusted) by its own superficiality, the role of grandparents as spiritual guides seems like a good use of one's later years.  Who better to draw young family members into deeper life issues than their most credible,...

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Parents work a puzzle of how kids develop character

I love a word puzzle or quiz that comes with the answers at the bottom of the column, sometimes upside down --- A. What is the name of the highest mountain in Africa?   B. What is the largest brass instrument in an orchestra? * A question I puzzle over as I engage...

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Sacrifice something? Try and make me.

“Sacrifice focuses on a goal. Deprivation focuses on poor me. Sacrifice lifts my head and lets me see the big picture. Deprivation turns my eyes inward so I see nothing but myself.” (Mary Hunt) A reader in our blog community passed these thoughts along with a note:...

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Grandparenting to the 3rd and 4th generation

A friend of mine told me how he stepped up his grandparenting last January. He said, "I began writing a weekly letter to my grandkids (five live in Australia and two live in California). My main purpose is to tell them that I love them. I also share something about...

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Anniversary blog #4 — Published !!

Published !  The book that inspired the blog became a reality in November--- Child-Centered Spirituality: Helping children develop their own spirituality. . We talk with our children about the importance of school work, about physical health, about how to navigate...

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Do Christmas with a different attitude

Christmas. The late journalist Harry Reasoner called it a “tremendous burst of gift buying, parties and near hysteria [done in the name of] a quiet event that Christians believe happened a long time ago.” Let's be people who show kids how to do December with a...

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