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Kids & God @Home 08

Kids & God @Home 08

Not only are children’s interests different, but how they connect with other people is different. In a similar way, how they connect with God is going to be different. Conversation starter Main idea: Some kids feel closest to God when they think and think, until they...

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Kids & God @Home 07

Kids & God @Home 07

To be able to sense God’s presence in everyday life is something many people desire. One way we strengthen that way of living is to stop for a minute in the day and consciously focus on God’s goodness. Conversation starter: Main idea: God loves to care for you and...

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Kids & God @Home 06

For some children, the accuracy of their beliefs is very important because, from these beliefs, he or she will stand for a cause, even at great personal expense. Main idea: When you understand the truth of a situation or a principle, you stand up for it. Meditation:...

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Kids & God @Home 05

Kids & God @Home 05

Just as no two snowflakes are alike and no two sets of fingerprints are alike, no two connections between God a human being are alike. Conversation starter Main idea: Many kids are able to experience God in the beauty of nature. They care strongly for the environment...

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Kids & God @ Home 04

Kids & God @ Home 04

When children feel disappointed and upset, we listen and comfort. If the child also believes in God, how can we bring God into the situation? Their attitude might become more hopeful and calm as they trust that God’s unfailing love is one thing they can always count...

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Kids & God @Home 03

Kids & God @Home 03

A way to develop a child's spiritual life and faith is found in opening yourself up to their world, in asking them questions, sharing your views, and listening to theirs. You may discover that spiritual topics are of more importance to children and teens than many of...

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Kids & God @Home 02

Kids & God @Home 02

Assume that children have some sort of connection with God. A friend overheard an exchange between his young son and a neighbor boy. They were talking about praying. The boy said, "I pray in my bed but I don't tell my parents about it because they don't pray." There...

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Kids & God @Home

Kids & God @Home

Here's another idea for anyone who sees the importance of nurturing a child's spiritual development. It's short, to-the-point. And so is this post. This is the first of a series. We will offer a question that gives opportunity for an adult and child or teen to have a...

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Help children learn the skill of Reflection

Help children learn the skill of Reflection

A university professor ended her week of instruction with reflection questions for her students: What was your significant learning this past week? What did you learn or what was reinforced about yourself? Reflection didn't happen. She asked the students to get in...

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Hot and bothered in the summer

Hot and bothered in the summer

I got into my hot car after the final stop of my morning errands. A foul-up at the self-checkout was going to make me late for a lunch date. I hate being late and I lost my composure as I drove to meet my friend and her 11-year-old granddaughter for lunch and a movie....

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Kids caring about their neighbors

Kids caring about their neighbors

Days ago, I emptied the last cardboard moving box and heaved a weary sigh of relief as I flattened it for recycling. At least now I could see all our stuff. Where to put it is another matter. At this stage of my life, I’ve decided the best option for me is to let the...

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Rediscovering the sacred, for kids’ sake!

Rediscovering the sacred, for kids’ sake!

Mr. Rogers treated children and their inner lives as sacred. Sacred is defined as connected with God; holy; blessed. “Talking to children about God is a key component of their sense of self,” says Rabbi David Wolpe. “Children are taught that they are important, but...

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Hear me. Let me help make this decision.

Hear me. Let me help make this decision.

How do we become much more intentional and specific about the kinds of relationships kids need at home, at school, and in other places they spend time? In attempting to bring insight to this question, Search Institute proposes five essential actions in a family’s...

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Extended family and friends: what we offer to kids

Extended family and friends: what we offer to kids

Within my family I’m a great-aunt, and to some of my friends, I’m “like-an-aunt” to their kids or grandchildren.  I’m also “like-a-grandma” to two dear children. What spiritual impact can extended family have on kids? Time well spent We’re inching our way toward time...

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It pays to champion kids’ spiritual exploration

It pays to champion kids’ spiritual exploration

When two of our nieces were small, they and their parents would get together with us about once a month and it always included a meal. When it was my turn to cook, I made lots of recipes not in the girls’ normal diet. On the drive to our house, their mom would play a...

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“What are the magic words?” Please? Thank you?

“What are the magic words?” Please? Thank you?

“I asked the boys to find something they wanted to give each other (in secret), and told them that afterwards we would use some scrap paper and wrap the "gifts" up.  They happily ran around trying to find things (my two-year-old usually came back with things that were...

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Empathy–do this simple, free activity with kids

Empathy–do this simple, free activity with kids

After reading Bob Sornson’s book, Stand in My Shoes: Kids learning about empathy, Sheila Sjolseth wrote about a family activity worth sharing with our readers. The ability to notice what others feel Empathy is “the ability to notice what other people feel. Empathy...

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