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Seek opportunities to experience awe with kids

“Awe is the feeling of being in the presence of something vast or beyond human scale, that transcends our current understanding of things,” according to Dacher Keltner. He leads UC Berkeley’s Social Interaction Lab and he helped Facebook create the recent additions of...

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Attachment theory applied to God

It hit me like a bolt of lightning as I was preparing a workshop that I presented at a national children’s spirituality summit last month. (My topic was spiritual learning styles and how a child most naturally connects with God.) God is a primary caregiver and...

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When God is mean

Recently I spent time after school with a 5-year-old in my extended family. Her homework assignment that day was, “List at least five words that describe you.” After she gave her list I called out to her siblings, “Hey, do you want to do this too? And they did. Then...

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5 coaching questions to use with your teenager

By Tara Miller, guest blogger The mother of a 16-year-old girl decided that instead of giving her daughter relationship advice-- which she knew would likely be unwelcome and unheeded-- she'd take a coaching approach instead. She'd ask questions and reflect back only...

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Father’s Day: time for kids to make a card

Lucky moms! Kids are in school when Mother’s Day rolls around. Teachers and aides orchestrate the card and gift projects. Dads are not so fortunate. But you can step into the teacher’s shoes and provide fine gift ideas--and for the cards, some messages for the...

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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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