Do you know each of your children’s favorite way to spend his or her free time? When is the last time, you stopped everything, dropped what you were doing, and fully entered your child’s world?
Now this isn’t for parenting wimps! You may end up playing tea party or dressing tiny little dolls in tiny little outfits. Or you may be putting together a model car. Or playing an intense game of something.
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Probably not a shocking headline if you live in our world today. In fact, you may have even thought, “Yeah, that’s me. And…?” Part of the reason we are so overwhelmed is that we somehow feel the need to meet this mysterious “society’s” view of what we and our kids should be. How we should look. How we should act. How we should think.
Sadly, we often struggle to conform to this unknown tyrant without even considering if any of those are values God has for our lives. So I was interested when offered the chance to review the book Not the Boss of Us: Putting Overwhelmed in Its Place In A Do-All, Be-All World by Kay Wills Wyma.
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Prayer is a vital part of any Christian parent’s day – or at least it should be. It’s easy to get so distracted by the business of parenting small children though, that you totally forget to pray. Sometimes those stretches can go on for days, weeks or even months.
Some people benefit from having a book to remind them and to help them focus on their prayer lives. So I was interested when offered the chance to review the book Praying God’s Promises by Linda Evans Shepherd.
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We tend to think of Christianity as non-competitive. In most ways it isn’t competitive. Believe it or not though, there are several Bible stories that involve some sort of competition.
There is a lot your kids can learn from any of these Bible stories, but you can choose which one you think they need the most.
So, let’s get started.
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Have you ever thought about how many problems are caused because people never learned how to share well? Sounds silly, but think about it for a minute. An unwillingness to share easily is often a prime indicator of a selfish heart. And we all know selfishness is the root of many sins.
Not to mention sibling fights, friendship spats and other problems caused by children who don’t know how to share well. As with any character trait, it’s easier to help your child make a character trait God wants them to have a part of their identity if you start when they are young.
There are really quite a few simple and even fun things you can do to encourage even very young children to make sharing a part of who they are – not a rule they are struggling to obey.
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