Family

20+ Non-Toy Gift Ideas

Every once in a while, I go on a cleaning spree. In similar fashion to my son’s miniature John Deere front-loader, I zoom through the house scooping up stray toys, nubby colored pencils and other discarded craft supplies, plus an occasional piece of “hidden” (read “old and nasty”) candy and toss them in a large […] Read more…

St. Patrick’s Day Bible Verse Scavenger Hunt

How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Do you eat mint ice cream while wearing green clothing like our family does? :) We’re not Irish, but we love traditions and it’s fun to participate in all the little holidays too! What I love about March 17 is the opportunity for Christian parents to talk to […] Read more…

Free Valentine’s Day Bookmarks to Color!

Hi all! Although I haven’t mentioned it before on the blog, I’m a consultant with Usborne Books and More! We have an amazing selection of kids books for all ages that not only teach the mind, but encourage the heart. I’ve enjoyed sharing how to nurture a love of reading in your home with lots of […] Read more…

Christmas Break Sanity Savers for Moms

Maybe it’s just me, but when my kids are off school for Christmas break, it gets plain old WILD at our house! Something about the combination of the upcoming holiday, the candy and gifts, kids who are getting used to being around each other all day again and the lack of routine results in emotions […] Read more…

3 Reasons Scripture Memorization is Important

I have to admit, I used to cringe at the words “Scripture memorization”. I preferred something softer, like “Bible verse learning” or any other term that didn’t make it sound like we were standing in a soldier-like line, demanding recitation of the entire book of 1 Chronicles. But recently, I’ve begun to understand that memorization is […] Read more…

12 Powerful Proverbs to Teach Your Children

The book of Proverbs is a treasure-trove of knowledge. In short bursts, it sums up many key truths of biblical living, wisdom-practicing and practical stewardship among other things! This is one of my favorite books of the Bible and, I think, one of the best parts of Scripture to teach our children as well! The […] Read more…

3 ways to teach your kids to take joy in their work

3 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Take Joy in Their Work

This is a post in the series “Chores and Your Kids”. If you’d like to have all the posts in this series delivered to your email inbox, just enter your name and address after clicking on this secure link! Be sure to confirm your subscription. Thanks for joining me for the Chores and Your Kids series! […] Read more…

25+ Christian Themed Easter Basket Ideas

My childhood was filled with experiences of egg hunts on Easter morning, a church service where we would sing familiar Resurrection songs and a pretty table full of delicious food that we ate while spending time with family. They were sweet times and make for cherished memories! However, our children won’t be celebrating this holiday quite the same way I […] Read more…

Here are eight ways to encourage your child if they are hesitant to pray out loud! Help your kids develop confidence in their time spent in prayer--out loud or silently!

8 Ways to Help a Child Who is Hesitant to Pray Out Loud

“Dear Lord, ummm….” Do your children’s prayers ever begin this way? I know my seven-year-old son’s do! Several months ago, he really started struggling with praying out loud. Previously, he had prayed fairly easily so we weren’t sure what to think! Was it a discipline issue? Was he “bored” during devotions? photo credit   While […] Read more…

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