Parenting

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.

Can You Really Make More Quality Time?

Can You Really Make More Quality Time?

Remember seeing a rainbow as a kid and trying to find the end with the pot of gold? Ever since my wife and I had kids, that's what sleep is like - always hoping, never satisfied. We recently added baby number 3 to our family, and sleep has never seemed so necessary yet so unattainable. When my two oldest kids decided to wake up before 6am for the third day in a row, I wasn’t thrilled. However, I sensed God telling me to take advantage of this early morning time. Instead of letting them run wild while I attempted to make a cup of coffee (like usual), all three of us played with Legos for the first fifteen minutes of the day. It was an unexpected joy. I started asking the same questions you do:

1) How do we make more quality time?

2) What about all the other things my kids are involved in? 

3) When can we find more time together?

 

​Did God Make You a Lion?

​Did God Make You a Lion?

Our blog post this week comes from Brad Habegger, Pastor of Children's Ministry at Grace Church in Morton, IL.

     My two daughters are 6 and 4. They're beautiful, funny, smart, and sweet (as I'm sure your kids are, too). And sometimes they roar. Literally and figuratively. One of them went through a phase of going around the house roaring like a lion. Which is when it began. When I started asking the question: "Did God make you a lion?" At first it was met with a look of "what-kind-of-question-is-that" and a sheepish reply of "No?" But now it gets more of an eye roll and an annoyed, "No, Daddy." Because they know what's coming next...

What I Learned From a Week in the Amazon Jungle

What I Learned From a Week in the Amazon Jungle

Two weeks ago, I traveled to Ecuador into the Amazon jungle to live with the Waodoni people. The Waodani are well-known for spearing to death five Christian missionaries in 1956. After this tragic event, the tribe eventually came to Christ by the grace of God and the loving ministry of the murdered missionaries' relatives. Here's what God taught me during my week with the Waodoni people in the Amazon jungle. 

Web Catch of the Week: Porn Proof Kids

Web Catch of the Week: Porn Proof Kids

Living when and where we do, the reality is that our kids have easy access to pornography. As parents, it feels as if we have little chance to protect our kids from pornography because our society continues to trend towards more lewdness and sensuality. How can we protect our kids from sexually explicit material?