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Making New Christmas Traditions

Many families create Christmas traditions around childish delights, such as the Elf on the Shelf, cartoon movies, or picture books about jolly ol’ St. Nick. But what happens when the kids grow older? Perhaps it’s time to find more mature ways of celebrating Christmas joy. Here are some new family traditions that appeal to the […]

By |December 10th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Making New Christmas Traditions

Scriptures to Memorize as a Family During Advent

December brings no shortage of shopping hype, school programs and Christmas parties. How can busy families be intentional about celebrating the wonder of the Christ child? In a word—Advent. Observing the spiritual meaning of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas can help keep your family centered on what matters most this time of year.

Your […]

By |December 3rd, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Scriptures to Memorize as a Family During Advent

Navigating Sibling Rivalry During the Holiday Season

Siblings bicker. That’s what happens when sinners live side-by-side. And as parents, you do everything you can to capitalize on teachable moments and encourage camaraderie and love. Yet heaven help us all when the holidays roll around—because sibling rivalry tends to hit a max.

Why?

Well, lots of reasons. Suzy got a bigger piece of pumpkin pie, […]

By |November 19th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Navigating Sibling Rivalry During the Holiday Season

Fun Fall Craft for Tweens: Burlap Placemats

Looking for a simple yet meaningful craft project for your tween this season? Try burlap placemats—perfect for decorating the kitchen in a rustic autumn theme or hosting a table full of Thanksgiving dinner guests. And the best part is—these burlap placemats are fun and easy to make!

Supplies:
Burlap by the yard (any color)
Stencils
Acrylic paint
Small paintbrush

Instructions:
• Cut the […]

By |November 12th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Fun Fall Craft for Tweens: Burlap Placemats

Encouraging Your Tween To Focus On Gratitude

Does your tween ever complain? If you’re like millions of other parents, then the answer is yes, definitely! As kids grow and mature, they’ll be bombarded with a whole bunch of emotions and discoveries about who they are—and what they like or don’t like about life. Unfortunately, this can easily breed a habit of grumbling […]

By |November 5th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Encouraging Your Tween To Focus On Gratitude

Preparing for the Holiday Season

This time of year, many of us are thrilled to see the Halloween hype die down at last. However, flipping the calendar toward November means we’re also nearing the busy holiday season, as Thanksgiving and Christmas draw near. Just take a stroll through your local grocery and you’ll find aisles already filled with candy canes […]

By |October 29th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Preparing for the Holiday Season

Helping Your Tween Learn to Love Reading

Some kids are naturally voracious readers; some are not. If your tween falls in the latter category, here are some ways you can encourage her interest in reading.

Let her choose her own books— School will often dictate what and when your child does the bulk of a day’s reading. Allow her to choose her […]

By |October 15th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Helping Your Tween Learn to Love Reading

Ideas for Your Tween’s Fall Break

Fall Break is just around the corner. How are you going to spend the time with your tween? Here are a few ideas to make the most of the brief break from the routine of school!

Go on a mom-daughter trip— Fall break is the perfect time to get away and have a heart-to-heart about […]

By |October 8th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Ideas for Your Tween’s Fall Break

Fall Family Activities

Fall is a beautiful time of year to enjoy God’s creation as a family. Here are some ideas for making the most of the season together.

Apples, apples, apples—If you live near an apple orchard, take your family on a pick-your-own adventure. Or simply grab a bushel of fresh apples from the local grocery store or […]

By |October 1st, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Fall Family Activities

Navigating Tough Conversations with Your Tween

The tween years bring new developments in your child’s understanding of herself and others. This is the stage when kids are likely to begin asking tough questions about life, faith, and the world around them. The wise parent may not know all the answers, but she will welcome the questions. Here are some tips for […]

By |September 24th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Navigating Tough Conversations with Your Tween