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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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Change the way kids see generosity

Would you like to prepare the children you love to have a lifelong habit of generosity? How's it going?  Most of us believe in giving our money, time and talent to others but are looking for fresh ways to change that belief into action. 1) Share the joy you derive...

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Young children like to discover God’s secrets

"Perhaps the most valuable explorations come when children learn that each person is created in the image of God, deserving respect and caring. When children know that they are created in God's image, their own self-worth is bolstered, and it is safer, and easier, to...

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A change of pace

Starting next week, new blog posts will go out every two weeks, rather than weekly. My focus is being pulled in many directions right now. Because. . . . The pace of life speeds up Personally, I am still adjusting my weekly schedule around a new job at a Hilton hotel...

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Sympathy and prayer–kids can see the connection

Our foster daughter Angie had the most sympathy of any person I've ever known. At age 14, her spontaneous, heartfelt expressions of sadness for someone else's misfortune far surpassed my own. Angie and I had occasion to drive through some hardscrabble neighborhoods in...

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More than bystanders: community transformation

For most young people, school and its related activities are the scene of almost all personal involvement with others. You might say that school is a community-- the broader environment in which kids find themselves. They can not only have a good experience there, but...

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An underrated yet powerful motivator for kids

One consistently underrated motivator for kids is the moral or spiritual motivation. We're trained to think kids won't care about doing the right or courageous thing for its own sake. But what is almost every classic kids' movie or book about? The classic clash...

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Childhood spiritual styles: Enthusiastic Style

The different ways children experience God can be called their spiritual style. With their mind and heart they form a positive relationship with God in the best, most natural way for each of them. Many styles within the same spiritual tradition Typically you and the...

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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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