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Parents, prepare yourself to break some rules!

Linda Sibley wrote: "One hard and fast rule of parenting is that you can’t take your kids any further than you have come yourself." And no parent knows every healthy way of living emotionally, physically and spiritually. She continues, "So we’re not only figuring out...

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God as a source of security for children

At any given age children experience normal fears and anxieties. If a family becomes concerned about a child’s unusually high level of anxiety, plenty of psychological resources exist. But there is an additional, important resource to be found in anchoring children at...

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Kids ask, “How can I let God know I love God?”

Hopefully these sample answers, which you can adapt to your specific beliefs, provide some seed ideas for conversation. They are written at a child's vocabulary level. What you are saying and doing now will help lay crucial groundwork for their exploration of God...

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Activities to increase a child’s empathy

Unstructured summer days lie ahead. What activities can we use to enrich kids’ lives while having fun at the same time? Strengthen a child’s empathy this summer and you may see these results in the upcoming school year*: more relaxed physically, with lower levels of...

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5 fun activities teach kids to think of others

In an old issue of Psychology Today, I ran across an article featuring the words of Dennis Rosen, M.D. Sometimes children seem so self absorbed and so preoccupied with gadgets and toys, we wonder whether they are aware of, or care about, what goes on around them. We...

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Resilient kids are made outside their comfort zone

Are we doing children a favor by letting them have the easiest and best of everything? “What distinguishes healthy families is not the absence of problems or suffering but rather their coping and problem solving abilities.”  (Froma Walsh) A good definition of...

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Tell children your own spiritual stories

Many times, a personal story sheds a brighter light on the subject than moralizing. Rather than telling a child facing a question or decision what to do, telling them a story from your own life can be much more helpful. It helps them think creatively and gives them...

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Teen spirituality on a tightrope walk

The tightrope walk may be an apt analogy for one's teen years. Exhilarating and risky, these years are better navigated following some serious practice time/strength training and a safety net. "Researchers are beginning to discover the importance of being a spiritual...

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The blessing of undivided attention

I’ve never been good at multi-tasking. It’s not that I didn’t try. I tried for years.  I just can’t hold my thoughts together when I’m working on multiple projects at once. It’s always been this way, so it’s not just because I’m getting older. I admit being jealous of...

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Predicting a hopeful future blesses children

Their future brightens when we bless children with a sense of assurance that they have what it takes to accomplish their goals, to push through challenges and heartaches. We do this through acknowledgement of the child’s worth. We back it up with our own investment of...

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A child’s must-have: a hope-filled future

I remember playing the fortune teller game as a kid. We would take a piece of paper, write dreamy messages and fortunes on it, then fold it origami-style to predict our future—you will be rich, you will be famous. Now I try to bless the children in my life with words...

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