Seems like a silly question, doesn’t it? Every parent loves their children. We all want what is best for them. As Christians, we all want them to grow up to make the choices God wants them to make throughout their lives. We absolutely want all of our kids with us in Heaven for eternity.
Yet sadly, our day to day parenting choices don’t always reflect what our hearts say we want for our kids. We don’t always parent with our hearts. Stephen James and Chip Dodd wrote Parenting With Heart: How Imperfect Parents Can Raise Resilient, Loving and Wise Hearted Kids to try and address the issue.
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Christmas is coming and with it comes…stuff. Often lots of stuff. We usually have the best intentions of getting rid of all of the stuff no longer needed to make room for the new, but somehow we just cram more things into nooks and crannies all over our homes.
More stuff doesn’t lead to more happiness. Mainly, more stuff just means more things to clean, more things that break and need to be fixed…just more. What would your life be like if you had less stuff?
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Princesses seem to be a natural part of childhood. For hundreds of years and in multiple cultures, there has been some version of the story of Cinderella. In spite of the twists and turns each may take, they all end the same…Cinderella and Prince Charming live happily ever after.
Unfortunately, life isn’t quite as simple and easy as a fairy tale. Even Christians who marry, struggle from time to time in marriage. And many Christians find themselves in the not so happily ever after of divorce.
Yet study after study shows the importance for kids to have parents who are married, living in the same home together, parenting their kids. Healthy marriages should be a top priority for Christians – especially those with children.
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Middle school and girls. Possibly nothing strikes terror in the heart of a parent more than the middle school years with girls. Quite frankly, most adults are so skittish about, the girls themselves are worked up into a frenzy before ever entering middle school.
Your daughter’s middle school will probably give her a student handbook. What if there were a handbook designed to help her navigate all of the issues that happen during those middle school years? The Girl’s Guide to Conquering Middle School by Erica and Jonathan Catherman attempts to do just that.
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If you have taken your children to church for very long, they have probably been told the story of the Good Samaritan. Young people love that story, because it is easy to imagine themselves as the Good Samaritan- stopping to help someone in need.
Yet, what do they do when there is a new kid in school? Maybe one who is very different than the rest of their friends? Or perhaps the new student is someone from a country your children have heard negative things about from adults or on television. Are they still loving, kind and helpful? Are they still willing to go the extra mile?
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