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Talking to Kids about Money

How many of us look back on our childhood and wish we would’ve been taught more about money? A lot of people graduate from college without any idea how to manage their money or balance their bank account. Maybe you were one of them.  So when is the best time to begin to teach your [...]

By Carey Lansing| Fri, Mar 16, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

Putting social media in perspective

Anyone who knows me well knows that I like social media. I live far from many of my friends and family, and I use Facebook to stay connected with them. I use Instagram and Pinterest to explore things I'm interested in like cooking and crafts, and I follow book blogs and news outlets on Twitter. I've [...]

By | Fri, Mar 9, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

Is your child a picky eater?

Do you ever feel like your child could cheerfully live on chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese?  Ever worry if your child will go to a friend's house or to school and not eat anything they serve? Or wonder if your child is getting enough nutrition from their food? We get these questions a lot at [...]

By | Fri, Mar 2, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

“Tricky people”: Keeping our children safe

Keeping our children safe is a big, important part of parenting and nobody wants their child to become a statistic.  We want to teach our children about safety, but it is a complex issue and we don’t want to scare them.  We want them to be friendly with the lady at the checkout, but we [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer| Fri, Feb 23, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

Perspectives on failure

I want to tell you a little story about failure. When I graduated from high school, I had been accepted to my dream college. It was my first choice school – a top tier liberal-arts school with distinguished alumni and a long history of educating women who go on to do great things in the [...]

By | Thu, Feb 1, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

Why Developmental Milestones Matter

As a first time mom, I was beside myself. Why wasn’t he walking yet? His best friend and playmate had been walking for weeks already, and Jonah was still on all fours crawling beside him. Was there something wrong with him? Will this hinder his success later on? What was it that I was doing [...]

By Kathy Kan| Fri, Jan 26, 2018|Categories: Education & Literacy, Parenting|

Promoting Honesty in Your Children

Just recently, I found a necklace in my 9 year old daughter's backpack. It was a cheap and small item - but I knew it didn't belong to her, and she had it anyway. I asked her where it had come from, and her non-answer was: "Uhhhh, ummmm, errrr, I don't really remember, I think maybe, ummmmm..."  [...]

By | Fri, Dec 8, 2017|Categories: Parenting|

Praying Blessings for Children

Praying Blessings for Children Patty Royall Years ago, one of my very best girlfriends, who is my all-time best prayer partner, gave me an article about using bible verses as blessings for children. The article recommended selecting a verse to be used every night at prayer time. The blessing was to be prayed over a [...]

By Patty Royall| Fri, Oct 27, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Spiritual Growth|

Real life “life hacks” that work for your life

Life hacks and organizational tips are everywhere you look. Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest are chock full of ideas.  Some ideas are great and others are just not doable.  I cannot imagine any world where Legos stay sorted by color or Barbies need their own individual pockets in hanging shoe bags. My favorite new hack floating [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer| Fri, Oct 13, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Resources & Recommendations|

“How was school today?” … Making connections with your kids after school.

In our house, we sometimes fall into the trap of the obligatory afternoon check-in. It goes something like this: "Hi honey! I'm so happy to see you! How was your day?" "Good." And then the evening routine begins. You know the one: preparing dinner, doing homework, activities, chores, practicing the violin, walking the dog, bathtime, [...]

By | Fri, Sep 15, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Play|