Books

Should You Let Your Kids Read Whatever They Want?

Should You Let Your Kids Read Whatever They Want?

Who cares, right? Books are books! Well, sure. Books ARE books. If you’re going to choose between reading as a family and not reading as a family, choose reading. But when we take that extra step with kids, when we are intentional about what we put in front of them and what it means to them as they develop their sense of who they are in the world, we show them windows into other people's worlds and mirrors of who they are...

How do we help kids choose good books to read? Here' some helpful tips from our guest contributor, Alaina Peterson.

4 Books Series to Read Aloud With Your Kids

4 Books Series to Read Aloud With Your Kids

Reading good books out loud can bring a family together. Good books can give you great conversation starters. They can help promote the values and character you want to instill in your kids. Books let you dive into epic stories and explore tough topics where a movie would be too intense for kids. And if the books are exceptionally good, they give kids the chance to stay up past their bedtime! Here are four series that we've read recently that I would recommend as great read-a-louds to any kids.

Reading for Closer Relationships with Your Kids - Web Catch of the Week

Reading for Closer Relationships with Your Kids - Web Catch of the Week

Last week as my wife and I were cleaning up at the end of the day, I heard the sound of pages ripping coming from our family room. When I entered the room, I saw my son sitting on the floor tearing pages out of books. I quickly stopped him and told him it was wrong to destroy books. When he asked me why it was wrong, I had to pause and think. Why are books so important? In the increasingly digital world, are books really necessary for kids anymore? After doing some research, I found 2 sources that helped me use books to build a closer relationship with my kids.

Forget the Red Carpet - Make Your Own Awards Show

Forget the Red Carpet - Make Your Own Awards Show

February is awards season, which also means it's the month that I find out about all the movies and music I missed last year. But I don't usually watch a movie or listen to a song because they were nominated for an award. Like most of you, I make those choices based on recommendations from my friends and family. Award season is the perfect chance to make our own lists of favorites and share them with everyone in the family. Here's some ways to let your kids make their own personal awards show.