Most children especially if they are in school will be excited about St. Patrick’s Day. There is talk about luck, shamrocks, and being pinched if you do not wear green. Did you know Saint Patrick introduced Christianity to the people of Ireland around the fifth century? He used a three-leaf shamrock to explain that God has three parts—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Enjoy this holiday with your family and remember to tell them the story of how St. Patrick’s Day began. I have listed a couple of games to play together as a family and...read more
What do you Want for your Children?
Growing up in the “old days” it seemed my parents wanted me to learn about my creativity, how to win and lose, to fail without getting hurt or hurting others. I learned some things the hard way but always under the watchful eye of my parents. Today’s generation, seems to want to prevent these things or at least soften the blows of these life lessons. It brings me to the question, what do we want/don’t want for our children? Philippians 1:9-11 “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,...read more
Recognize An Allergy Emergency!
One in 13 kids is now affected by a food allergy—a 100 percent jump from just 15 years ago—meaning that one or two of the kids in any given setting is allergic. While some have had only mild reactions, such as an itchy mouth, hives, or an upset stomach, 40 percent of allergic kids have had a severe reaction, including life-threatening anaphylaxis, which usually involves symptoms such as a rash, hives, swelling of the lips or tongue, vomiting, abnormal heartbeat, and trouble breathing. These are things children might do or say if they are...read more
The DO’s and DON’Ts of Internet Safety for Kids
You taught your child to look both ways before she crosses the street. You strap her bike helmet on securely every time she goes for a ride, and you buckle her seatbelt before you take off in the car. And that’s exactly why you should never let her venture into the world of the Internet without taking proper safety measures. Follow these do’s and don’ts for the computer, cell phone, and tablet use to help make the web a safe environment for your child. Do Surf together. When you spend time with your child online, you can oversee her...read more
Your Child Is Amazing
Do you take time to enjoy the amazing parts of life? Children can keep your focus on what is important. As school begins and schedules get hectic, take time to be amazed by the gift of your child. Be amazed at how quick they learn. Be patient enough to invest the time teaching them something new. Even if it takes them weeks to learn to ride their bike, that’s still pretty remarkable. Be amazed at how quickly they recover from pain. It’s crazy how fast our kids can move past painful moments. All kids process...read more
Are you looking for a way to add interest and variety to your family prayer time? Incorporate this creative activity into family devotions. Write each of the following prayers on an index card. Shuffle the cards and let each family member choose one. Pray for a grandparent. Pray for a friend. Pray for our pastor. Pray for your parents. Pray for one of your teachers. Pray for God to help you be kind. Pray for a missionary. Pray for one of your family members. Pray for one of your neighbors. Pray for something in which you need God’s...read more
Words Your Kids Need To Hear
Last month we listed phrases NOT to say to our kids. This month we let’s concentrate on the words they need to hear often. Your kids will benefit from hearing these words from you as much as possible! “What could you do instead?” This question encourages a child to problem-solve on his own rather than asking you to do it for him. “Yes.” Whenever possible, try to put a positive spin on your responses. “Yes, you can go outside and play as soon as you put your toys away” is more agreeable than “No, your room is a mess.” “You can always tell me...read more
This activity can be used for the days preceding Easter or any way that works best for your family. The idea is to place small items in a large plastic Easter egg, hide the egg and after finding it, discuss how the item pertains to the Easter story. Item – mini Playdoh …“The name of Jesus” Read the story of the Angel coming to Mary in Luke 1. Talk about what the name of Jesus means – (Immanuel means “God with us”). Talk about the meaning of our own names. Read Philippians 2:10 together and discuss. Use the Playdoh to spell out the...read more
After the cold winter months, March brings a touch of spring. This list of activities will get you started thinking about things you can do with your family—enjoying God’s beautiful creation. Choose some or add your own, just have fun together and remember to thank God for each day. Plant something green. Pick strawberries. Have a picnic at the park. Take a hike. Bake cupcakes with pink frosting. Listen to the rain....read more
How long has it been since you have written a letter? I am not talking about an email or text. During the month of February, take the time to write a love letter to each member of your family. If your children are older, it would be a great idea to personalize the following letter from their Heavenly Father as a special valentine. If you have younger children, read the letter and discuss some of the Bible verses during the month. Don’t forget how important it is to express your love every day! My Beloved Child, I am so proud of you. Just...read more