How to Maximize Time with our Kids

How do we balance the business of our schedules and investment in the personal lives of our kids? I’m confident the answer is not – one or the other.
Cute Parent/Child
Therefore, be careful how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of your time. Ephesians 5:15-16 Schedules are full and days are long. As a parent,...Read more

Why Engage in Your Kids' Interests?

As hard as it may be for us to dive in to something "trivial" or "uninteresting" our kids might be into, Judah shows us how impactful it can actually be.
Super Dad and Daughter
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to...Read more

How Can Parents Help Kids Manage Stress and Anxiety?

The bad news: statistics say 77% of us currently have stress related health issues at this very moment, with 33% of us living in extreme stress. More bad news: it seems as though our children are feeding off of it. Thankfully Kyle points us to good news in scripture reminding us how to curb this epidemic.
Hangin with Dad
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,...Read more

Embrace Individuality

Ever think the grass is greener when you think of a friend who is good at something you're not very good at doing? I think we're all guilty. Kelli directs us how to battle that by pointing us to truth. Check it out. It's good stuff.
Creative Omega Campers
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working,...Read more

Why Have Family Meals?

A family meal...does that conjure up thoughts of peace and happiness? Maybe it's more like chaos with spills and not-so-great manners included. It could be a combination of all of that, depending on the moment! Mark gives us some great reminders of the benefits of making family meals a priority.
Family Table
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42 I’m not exactly sure why God chose to include “breaking...Read more

What is the Value of Sharing New Experiences as a Family?

Camping in the mountains! A day at the beach! A professional baseball game! Chuck E Cheese! Dairy Queen! Battleship! Monopoly! Go Fish! Do any of these bring to mind any incredible memories for you? Kyle reminds us of the value of making time for these things for our family.
Family Game Time
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (NIV) Prov 22:6 I remember growing up getting to...Read more

How Can Parents Encourage the Heart of a Quiet Child?

Why is it that we think being loud or speaking up first says anything about our character or the strength we possess as a confident, smart and caring person? Through experience, Lianna shares with us how we can encourage the heart of a quiet child.
Painting Together
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Proverbs 17:27 A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be...Read more

How Can we Teach our Kids the Differences Between Santa and Jesus?

How does your family handle differentiating between Santa and Jesus? It's easy for us to get swept up in the ways of our culture and not even address the differences with our children. Ashton gives us great talking points to clearly point out the truth of Santa and Jesus.
Family at Campsgiving
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful...Read more

Why is Vulnerability Good?

Sharing something less-than-awesome about ourselves doesn't initially sound appealing. In fact, it's exactly opposite of what our culture encourages so often. Jacob reminds us how doing just that is part of God's good and perfect plan for each of us!
All Out!
The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, a clear conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5 I distinctly remember the first time I told my...Read more

How to Set Healthy Expectations When Life is not Fair

“Life’s Not Fair.” I wish I had a dime every time I have to say this to my kids or our college staff. As each of us needs reminding of this all too often as well...Seth helps us point our compass North to remember God's goodness and set healthy expectations.
Back Flip
Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and...Read more

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