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Blog’s 5th anniversary and 5 answers

When did you realize you wanted to blog? When I finished writing Child-Centered Spirituality but before its publication, several smart people recommended that I start a blog so that I’d have a place to raise issues around the subject. How did you feel when you started...

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My Christmas-Hanukkah story

“Who can tell us what Hanukkah means?” asked Ms. Simon my third-grade teacher one long ago December day. My hand shot up eagerly and I started into the story of how Judah Maccabee led a revolt against the Syrians. I continued with descriptions of the dreidel game and...

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Inclusive Thanksgiving gratitude expressions

Give everybody what they want for Thanksgiving: Offer one harmonious moment of silence and they will thank you. Gratitude expressions--inclusive and authentic--add deeper meaning to the holiday. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner and your table will include...

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See yourself in the courtesy kids offer

Smile whenever you see courtesy in a child you're close to. You are a walking, talking, indelible image of how to make your corner of the world a better place. Your courtesy efforts multiply because they are doing what you do. Family members were happy to share these...

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A single focused conversation made a difference

Robert Logan, guest blogger, shares a conversation he had when we were foster parents. One highlight I remember from my time as a foster parent was a particular conversation-- brief but meaningful. Heather (not her real name, and not pictured here) was a 14-year-old...

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A single focused conversation made a difference

Robert Logan, guest blogger, shares a conversation he had when we were foster parents. One highlight I remember from my time as a foster parent was a particular conversation-- brief but meaningful. Heather (not her real name, and not pictured here) was a 14-year-old...

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Finding their own way back to God

Mitali Perkins, award-winning author of books for young readers, shares a heartbreaking adolescent experience and losing her way spiritually: "I was raised in a Hindu home, where Dad taught his children that God was a divine spirit of love. Dad’s job as an engineer...

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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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