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How to Have #CivilDiscourse Online

Christians and the Online Comment Wars: 5 steps to take before sharing your convictions

This site has a lot of activity ideas for this challenge.. starting as young as infant and up

30 for 30 Challenge

I spend most of my day playing but these are good activities! 30 for 30 Challenge: 30 Minutes of Playing WITH Your Kids for 30 Days! (This site has a lot of activity ideas for this challenge. starting as young as infant and up)

ParentFurther From time to time, all parents need a little help. Sometimes, a piece of solid, encouraging advice can help you have an “a-ha” moment that changes the way you think and act. Instead of focusing on what’s wrong with kids, our positive, strength-based approach to parenting focuses on what’s right with kids (and parents), and the small, everyday steps you can take to help kids be successful in the future.

We believe that the key to raising responsible kids lies in something called Developmental Assets. Created by Search Institute® and grounded in scientific research, Developmental Assets are the essential building blocks for children and teens.

This is great work from Kendra Moyses from Michigan State University. She explores how the type of play you as parents encourages different types of learning. Let us know how you encourage different types of play with your children.  Play is an impo

Type of Play Matters Says Michigan State

Not pumped about some of these verses being taken out of context, but the idea is in the right place.

Day 2 - Welcome Home Daddy

Not pumped about some of these verses being taken out of context, but the idea is in the right place. Get the best tips and how to have strong marriage/relationship here:

If you want to raise kids who aren't always obsessed with the latest and greatest, and who don't wrap their self-esteem in their possessions, then check out some of these tips to raise non-materialistic children -

7 Simple Ways To Raise Non-Materialistic Children

Ironically, many children raised in wealth demonstrate the same tendencies as those who are raised in extreme poverty: depression, despair, attempted suicide, d

21 creative consequences for kids. Disciplining our children takes dedication and effort.  It also helps to mix in a little creativity when needed.  The creative consequences from parenting expert, Lisa Welchel, might seem a little strong, but let them inspire you to come up with your own, and pair them with the 7 Steps to Tried and True Discipline.

21 Creative Consequences

21 creative consequences for kids. Disciplining our children takes dedication and effort. It also helps to mix in a little creativity when needed. The creative consequences from parenting expert, Lisa Welchel, might seem a little strong, but they work.

All of us stumble a time or two on the journey to adulthood; after all, no one is perfect. One of the challenges of parenthood is gradually letting go of our children, giving them more freedom and responsibility as they grow. But what do you do when it's not just a slip or a slight detour but your older child goes completely off the rails?  There's probably no greater heartache for a parent than when their dream for their child dies, when someone they have poured their life and love into…

8 Steps for Parenting a Prodigal

Beneath the surface of the parable of the prodigal son are some steps to help you---and your child---through a time of rebellion.

Sometimes it's good to listen. Really listen. To your kids. Take a moment to talk with your kids this week. Ask a few questions. Listen. Learn. Love. You may be surprised at what you find out!

Q is for 10 Great Questions to Ask Your Kids

Sometimes it's good to listen. Really listen. To your kids. Take a moment to talk with your kids this week. Ask a few questions. You may be surprised at what you find out! I think this can apply even to adult children!

Family Night or a Night Out with the Boys? Spending time with your kids doing things that like to do is so important.  Especially if you have kids with quality time as their #1 Love Language. The years fly by.

Family Night or a Night Out with the Boys

Family Night or a Night Out with the Boys? Spending time with your kids doing things that like to do is so important. Especially if you have kids with quality time as their Love Language. The years fly by.

Confession: I'm Distracted #parenting #priorities #kids

Confession: I'm Distracted

Even when we have productive days, it’s difficult to satisfy the needs of work and home. What do we do when we feel pulled in every direction? A good place to start is removing the distractions. Here’s a Confession: I’m Distracted.

Nightly Questions, either before bed or at dinner table. What made you laugh today? What made you sad? What did you learn?  We've added a fourth, "What made you proud?"

3 Questions to Ask Your Child Every Night

Use your nighttime routine to foster open communication with your child. What is one thing that made you smile today? What is one thing that made you cry today? What is one thing you learned today?

When You're Not on the Same Page about Disciplning the Kids. How to create a united front even when you have different parenting styles.

Wifey Wednesday: When you Don't Discipline the Same Way

Disciplining Kids: it's hard because parents tend to have different parenting styles. Here's how to get on the same page and present a united front.

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