Mason Jar Leaf Lanterns

Fall is a fun time for tween-friendly crafts. These lovely mason jar lanterns decorated with fabric leaves are easy to make, fun to look at, and they make excellent gifts for grandparents and friends!

Supplies:
8-oz Mason […]

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Preparing for Holiday Travel with a Family Travel Kit

Are you planning to travel with kids to visit loved ones for the holidays? To ensure a smooth and harmonious trip, consider packing a family travel kit. It’s the ready solution to anticipated hiccups on […]

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10 Scriptures About Gratitude

This month we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday that’s not only about turkey dinner and football games, but especially the Christian value of gratitude. Throughout Scripture we are admonished to be grateful, because a heart filled […]

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Encouraging Your Tween to Befriend Others

Throughout the Bible, Jesus is given many mighty names—Savior, Redeemer, Prince, King, Lord. And yet He humbles Himself to accept a different kind of name as well.

Friend.

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant […]

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Family Harvest Celebration Ideas

October brings plenty of pumpkins, scarecrows, and fall treats galore. This year, choose a fun activity to celebrate harvest season as a family—while blessings others at the same time! Here are some ideas.

Photo booth—Decorate your […]

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12 Memory Verses About God’s Faithfulness

Scripture memorization is an excellent way to hide Gods’ Word in your heart (Psalm 119:11), where it can act as a trusty guide for your life. This month, invite your daughter to focus on God’s […]

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Plan a Fall Break Staycation

Looking for ways to make the most of your fall break—without having to travel too far? Here are some fun ideas for family activities close to home.

Pumpkin patch—Find a pick-your-own pumpkin farm and take a […]

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Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

Ah, school lunch. Day after day, it’s tempting to toss a Lunchables in the backpack and call it a meal. But as our tweens grow and work hard to focus in class, it’s vital to […]

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Helping Tweens Resolve Conflict

The tween years are fraught with tumultuous emotions and social drama. Whether it’s with parents and siblings or friends and classmates, conflict is bound to occur in your tween daughter’s life. And when it does, […]

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Motiving Your Tween to Do Homework

Homework. Who does it frustrate more—the student or the parents? While the younger elementary years required a parent’s close guidance with homework tasks and schedules, tweens can begin taking on more personal responsibility for their […]

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Ten Scriptures to Memorize in September

The tween years are an important phase in learning to be more independent and responsible. As your tween gets into the groove of school and extracurricular activities this month, help her grow spiritually with these […]

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Easy Back-to-School Snack: Crock Pot Chex Mix

On those busy school days when the kids need a snack, be ready to deliver with a super easy version of the old classic, Chex Mix!

Ingredients:
3 cups Corn Chex cereal
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
3 cups […]

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How to Establish Family Devotional Time

One of the best ways to grow closer as a family and toward God is to engage in regular family devotions. This is special time set aside to explore God’s Word together and discuss how […]

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Helping Your Daughter Make New Friends at School

Each new school year is a fresh opportunity to strengthen old friendships and develop new ones. Whether your child attends school with familiar faces or is entering a new school where she knows no one, […]

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Three Important Back-to-School Prayers

As the kids head back to school, it’s important to cover them in prayer. But not just your own kids—consider these three groups of people who also need your prayers this time of year.

Teachers—God bless […]

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Preparing Your Tween to Go Back to School

Where did the summer go? Over the next few weeks, families across the country will be gearing up for back to school. This transition can be both exciting and stressful for tweens and parents alike. […]

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Five Scriptures to Encourage Your Tween’s Heart

Tween girls need a lot of encouragement. As they mature from little girls into lovely ladies, they will face plenty of doubts and worldly influences that might cause them to question their value. But God’s […]

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Motivating Tweens to Do Chores

Summer brings lots of togetherness—which means lots of mess. How can parents motivate their kids to help with the clean-up? Here are some ideas for encouraging your tween to participate in family chores.

First Chores, Then […]

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Campfire Banana Boats

Here is a fun and decadent treat to enjoy over a summer campfire. Gather the family, bring plenty of spoons, and enjoy telling stories and jokes as you dig into these delicious campfire banana boats—an […]

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Simple and Affordable Staycation Ideas

Who says you have to drive cross country in order to enjoy a summer family vacation? Here are five simple and affordable ideas for summer staycations close to home.

Camping. Borrow a tent or camper and […]

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Ten Ways to Keep Your Tween Reading During the Summer

School might be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean reading needs to take a break. In fact, summer is a great time to catch up on as much reading as possible! Here are […]

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Bonding with Your Daughter During the Summer Months

There’s something about lazy summer days that bring about the best in our relationships. Freedom from school schedules, family vacations and plenty of trips to the café for smoothies make for wonderful opportunities to bond […]

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How to Help Your Tween Declutter Her Room

Does your daughter’s bedroom look like the clearance section of your local dollar store? Kids have a knack for accumulating too much stuff—and then pitching fits when Mom and Dad suggest parting with any of […]

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Finishing Strong: How to help your tween stay focused as the school year winds down

This time of year, it can become tough for students to stay focused. Homework fatigue sets in just as spring weather beckons kids outdoors, and everyone is eager to escape those rigid school routines—including parents […]

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Summer Snacks on the Run

Got lots of activities planned this summer? Between ball games, beach dates, and trips to the pool, kids can get hungry—fast. Here are some fun and fast no-bake snack mix recipes to keep on hand […]

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10 Glorious Scriptures to Memorize This Summer

Summer sunshine can remind us of God’s heavenly glory. Did you know the Bible is full of verses on this topic?

This summer, challenge your kids to memorize one of the following Scriptures every week—and reward […]

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5 Ways to Connect with Your Tween Daughter This Summer

Summer tends to open more time for family connection. Looser schedules, longer days, and family vacations allow for heart-to-heart conversations and fun activities for many tweens and parents. Here are five ways you can be […]

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Ten LOVEly Scriptures to Memorize This Month

February is the month of love. And who created love? God, of course! The Bible says God is love (1 John 4:8), and “we love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). As a […]

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How to Beat the Winter Blues

Are you tired of being cooped up in chilly winter weather? Here are some fun family activities designed to beat the winter blues—without going anywhere!

Tropical vacation— in the living room! If you can’t get away […]

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Helping Your Daughter Build Meaningful Friendships

As your daughter gets older, friendships change from playmates to confidantes. Friends become more important and influential in a tween’s life, and as Christian parents we hope our children will make meaningful friendships with people […]

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Family Valentine Outreach for Tweens

Valentine’s Day is all about love—and God says we should love our neighbor. So why not focus this year’s celebration on blessing the people around you? Here are some ideas to get your tween excited […]

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Superfood Cookie Bars

Tweens love to bake, and what better way to fill their hearts and their bellies than with a healthier version of a favorite recipe? These not-so-standard chocolate chip cookie bars are packed with added superfood […]

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Cures for Your Tween’s Cabin Fever

Winter is in full swing, and for a lot of us that means being stuck indoors. Cabin fever can be especially challenging in tweens as their growing creativity calls for more sophisticated outlets—ideally without resorting […]

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Helping Your Tween Study the Bible This Year

A new year is a chance for a fresh start. Why not set a goal this year to help your tween discover the joy of studying her Bible? Here are some simple ways to go […]

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Goal Setting With Your Tween

Do you set goals for yourself each new year? Do you encourage your kids to do the same? Here are some simple steps to encourage your tween to set—and reach—attainable goals this year.

1. First, explain […]

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Ways to Reach Your Neighbors During the Holidays

Christmas is a great time of year to reach out to neighbors and friends who might not otherwise be interested in spiritual things. The nature of Christmas wonder makes many people open to hearing the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Fun Weekend Activities For The Family

With the kids busy in school Monday through Friday, weekends become extra precious time for the family. Whether you prefer to rest and recuperate or go-go-go, here are some fun ideas for making the most […]

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Three Ways to Help Your Tween Make New Friends at School

For many tweens, school brings a transition from elementary to middle school. This might mean changing school buildings or merging with other students from throughout the area. Add to that the increase in social drama […]

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Family Devotional Ideas for the School Year

The school year brings a fresh start, and along with it, new opportunities to invest in your family’s spiritual growth. This year, why not set aside time on a regular basis to focus on family […]

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Strategies to Stay Organized All School Year Long

Want to start the school year off right? Start with a few simple organization tips that will help keep you on top of your household all year long.

School Forms Folder
Keep one folder in your […]

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Encouraging Your Daughter To Read On Her Own

The tween years bring an important transition for your daughter from read-aloud stories to reading on her own. Independent reading is healthy for a child’s development, and it can encourage a lifelong love of reading. […]

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Planning Family Time During Busy Life Seasons

With school and fall sports on the horizon again, family schedules ramp up this time of year. With all your running to and from practices, rehearsals and clubs, plus all the usual homework to manage […]

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Helping Your Tween Transition Back to School

Parents, you all know how it is. The kids enjoy a leisurely summer of sleeping in late and playing all day. Then suddenly the calendar says SCHOOL and the entire family scrambles to get back […]

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Helping Your Tween Manage Conflict

Ugh, conflict. It’s not fun, but it is a normal part of life. When sinners interact with sinners, sometimes sparks will fly. How we handle the conflict can be a test of our spiritual maturity. […]

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Teaching Your Tween to Pray for Others

As Christian parents we want our kids to love Jesus and grow strong in their faith. A big part of growing spiritually is learning to pray—not just for ourselves, but for other people, too.

“I […]

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Making the Most of the Remaining Weeks of Summer

Every year families look forward to summer months, for a chance to rest and play and break free from the school year schedule. And every year those summer months seem to fly by faster than […]

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Goal Setting for the New School Year

School is out for the summer, but does that mean education is on hold ‘til fall? Of course not! Now is a great time to reflect on the past school year and determine new goals […]

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Simple Ideas to Entertain Your Tween This Summer

Remember when the kids were easy to amuse? Pop them in a sandbox and they were happy for hours. Not so with tweens. An older child’s social and intellectual needs are more complicated, which means […]

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Summer Jobs for Tween Girls

Summer is the perfect time for tweens to discover the value of work and earning their own money. While they’re not yet old enough to get a traditional job, many tweens are ready to take […]

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Helping Your Daughter Pray for Others

Prayer is a vital part of the Christian life. It draws us closer to God and reminds us of our dependence on Him. Yet prayer doesn’t come naturally to everyone. As parents we have a […]

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Tips for Planning a Peaceful Family Vacation

Ahhhh, summer! Time for sun and fun and — family vacations! If you look forward to a summer trip all year long, then do what you can to ensure its success before you even hop […]

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Simple Ideas to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Lots of tween girls love to plan parties. Why not nudge your daughter with a few simple ideas for celebrating you this Mother’s Day? She’ll enjoy the planning, and you’ll all enjoy the rewards.

Donut cake […]

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Helping Your Daughter Understand Bullying

Bullying is a hot topic in today’s world. Stats indicate as many as 1 in 3 kids say they have been bullied. Sadly, the majority of bullying happens in middle school.* Here are some important […]

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Ten Scriptures to Study This Spring

Spring is here! As the trees blossom and flowers bloom, why not take advantage of the opportunity to study related Scriptures that can encourage you and your daughter in your faith. From planting seeds to […]

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Encouraging Your Daughter to Speak Her Faith

As Christian parents, we know we have an obligation to teach our kids about Jesus. But our goal shouldn’t stop there. We ought to also teach our children to share Jesus with other people—which is […]

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Resurrection Rolls

Easter is a fun time of year for baking enthusiasts. Recipes abound for spring-colored cakes, cupcakes, loaves of bread and tasty pies. Tweens especially love to spend time in the kitchen creating goodies they can […]

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Family-Friendly Spring Break Ideas

Got your tickets to Mexico yet? While many families may be beach-bound this spring break, plenty of others are not. For those of us staying closer to home, here are some fun ideas for family […]

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How to Encourage Your Daughter in Her Quiet Time

Bible reading and prayer are two spiritual disciplines we should develop as a lifelong pursuit. As our daughters grow up and become more independent, so too should their relationship with God. Tweens reach an age […]

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Spring Outdoor Activities

Spring is in the air! For many of us, spring brings the promise of warmer weather, green grass, and fresh freedom from four-wall activities. If you’ve been cooped up all winter and itching to enjoy […]

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Introducing The Princess in Camo Series!

Duck Dynasty fans rejoice! Faithgirlz has partnered with Missy and Mia Robertson to bring you a new series for adventurous girls called The Princess in Camo. This series explores the nature of a family filled […]

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Ten Scriptures to Read as a Family This Month

February is the loooove month. With Valentine’s Day on the calendar, as well as a month-long observance called American Heart Month, we here at Faithgirlz have healthy hearts on the mind. Here are ten Scriptures […]

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Family Valentine’s Day Activities

Who says Valentine’s Day is only for sweethearts? This year, make the holiday a family affair. Here are some ideas for enjoying quality family time as you celebrate the month of love!

Gospel Valentines

Make homemade valentine […]

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Five Super Fun Mom-Daughter Dates for Tweens

One-on-one time with our kids is always precious, but as girls grow toward teen-hood, it’s especially important to carve out time together, just the two of you. Mom-daughter dates can help keep communication lines open, […]

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Check Out Our Top Titles from 2017!

Are you excited about another year full of resources and entertainment from Faithgirlz? We are, too! But first—don’t miss these special titles launched just last year. If you’re looking for some great reads and study […]

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Fun Family Winter Activities

Winter time is family time! The weather outside might be frightful, but there are lots of ways to enjoy quality time during the chilly winter months. Here’s a short list of winter activities that can […]

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How to Help Your Daughter Keep Her Resolutions This New Year

Has your daughter set goals for herself this new year? The Bible says “The plans of the diligent lead to profit” (Proverbs 21:5). Making resolutions is a smart practice. Keeping them is the hard part.

Here […]

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Devotionals for the New Year

A new year is a great time to kick off a new devotional. This year, encourage your daughter to spend some time with God every day. Our Faithgirlz devotionals make it super easy and fun!

Here […]

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How to Help Your Daughter Set Meaningful Goals This New Year

The Bible says “good planning and hard work lead to prosperity” (Proverbs 21:5). It’s wise to set goals and to teach our children to do the same. Here are a few areas in which we […]

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Tween-Friendly Christmas Activities

Remember the days when your little girl wore footie pajamas and pigtails? As our daughters grow older, they may no longer listen for reindeer on the roof, but they still value Christmas traditions and quality […]

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Favorite Family Christmas Movies

You’ve watched It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas… but have you seen these lesser-known Christmas films? For parents seeking family-friendly flicks this holiday season, here’s a short list […]

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Keeping Christ at the Center of Christmas

 

As Christians, we know Jesus is the reason for the Christmas season. Yet it can be easy to lose sight of that fact when we’re bogged down with the usual tasks this season brings. There’s […]

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DIY Advent Wreath

Advent is the special time of year when we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus. One special way to symbolize this event is with an Advent candle wreath. Each Sunday of Advent, light […]

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Faithgirlz Christmas Gift Guide for Tween Girls

It’s that time of year again! Kids love getting gifts at Christmas, and as parents we’re blessed to give. Why not fill their boxes and stockings with gifts that will not only entertain, but also […]

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Instilling Thankfulness in Our Children

Our kids today have access to a lot of luxuries. We send them to schools equipped with textbooks and tablets. We fill their bedrooms with toys and crafts and novels designed to entertain and educate. […]

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Fun Fall Crafts for Tweens

Fall is a great time to get crafty, especially with all the beautiful colors and textures of harvest season. Here’s a short round up of some fun fall crafts for tweens.

 

Melted Crayon Pumpkin Craft

This project […]

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Healing Sibling Rivalry

Siblings are prone to bickering; that’s nothing unusual. Put two kids in a household together and eventually they’ll come up with reasons to snap. But as Christians, shouldn’t our homes look different?

 

Jesus says, “By this […]

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Pastor Appreciation

October is Pastor Appreciation Month! It’s the perfect time to explore as a family the whys and hows of respecting church leaders.

 

“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch […]

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Old Fashioned Fall Family Fun

Too much technology in your house these days? Take a cue from your grandma and enjoy some old-fashioned, tech-free family activities this fall. Here are some classic ideas.

 

Canning—Gather up the last of the farm market’s […]

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Fall Conversation Starters

Football. Back to school. Pumpkin spice lattes. These are the markers of fall, which officially begins September 22.

 

When we consider the season’s change, God’s majesty is clear. He created the trees to turn colors and […]

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Are you raising an encourager?

Did you know yesterday was National Day of Encouragement? In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, the apostle Paul tells the church to “encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” […]

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Teaching Kids to Be Servants at Heart

Today is International Day of Charity, a day to focus on serving others less fortunate. As Christians, serving others is a key aspect of our faith. We don’t serve others to earn God’s favor; we […]

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Teaching Kids to Respect Their Teachers

 

Remember kindergarten when your daughter’s teacher was a saint in her eyes? Back then the teacher knew everything. Your daughter adored her.

In middle school, well, not so much.

As kids mature and reach an age of […]

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Does She Know She’s Chosen?

(This post is a guest contribution from Elisa Puliam, a member of our FaithMomz network.)

Have you struggled with feeling like you’re not good enough? Maybe that you’ll always be the one that doesn’t quite fit in? […]

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Back to School Bible Studies

Ah, the smell of crisp notebooks and newly sharpened pencils! Back-to-school brings a feeling of fresh starts, which makes it the perfect time to kick off a Bible study for your kids. But how? Here […]

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What to Do When Friends Are Unkind

Girls. They’re smart and fun and creative and sweet.

 

And not so sweet—sometimes.

 

Ask any woman who’s been through middle school and she’ll tell you girls can be catty, critical and downright mean to each other at […]

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Preparing Your Child’s Heart for Back to School

Summer is fun but school can be, too. This time of year we need to help our kids transition from flip flops and popsicles to textbooks and alarm clocks. That process goes beyond just shopping […]

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Balancing Screen Time for Kids

Kids love TV. And computers, and iPods, and smart phones and video games—heaven help! In this face-paced world of technology and media entertainment, how can a parent fight for the kids’ attention?

 

It might be easier […]

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Thank You, Parents!

You are the nurses, the teachers, the chefs and the chauffeurs. You cheer at games, help with math, fix afternoon snacks and hug away every tear. You are the face of Jesus to the people […]

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Involving Kids in Family Chores

Smart parents make it their job to care for the household.

 

Brilliant parents work themselves out that job.

 

We’re all buried in housework, right? Laundry, dishes, mowing, dusting—yeah, forget the dusting. Overrated. Point is there’s so much […]

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