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Summer activities for kids: Age-appropriate chores

(Chore board from thechicsite) As much as we love our summer routines, I know from talking to many mommy friends that a lot of us anticipate more work for us during the summertime - more little people at home for hours means more toys played with, more meals prepared at home with more dishes to [...]

By | Fri, May 18, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

Summer activities at home: In the Kitchen with Your Kids

In our house, we love summertime. We love leisurely play dates and going to the pool. But sometimes our lunch routines get super monotonous and we resort to eating out too much. What's a mom to do?  Summer is a good time to try new foods, since there's an abundance of produce in the grocery store [...]

By | Fri, May 11, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

Developing empathy in your child

We understand that empathy is important - but how do we help our children develop this complex skill? We have many dreams for our children. We hope they are happy, healthy, emotionally well-adjusted people who can positively impact the world. We hope they are confident, kind, know how to be a good friend, and have [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Apr 27, 2018|Categories: Parenting, Spiritual Growth|

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|