Halloween and fall festivities are often an enjoyable time for many children and families! After all, what kid doesn’t love dressing up and getting candy? While there is certainly a dark side to Halloween that we as Christian parents can do our best to avoid, there are many ways to redeem Halloween to make it not only fun, but God glorifying at the same time!
I hope you enjoy this devotional designed for ages 4-8 to teach your children how to have a thankful heart. Read the italic section or paraphrase with your children to fit their age level. -Taylor
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s fun to think of something special to give our kids to celebrate the occasion. I enjoy giving my kids Thanksgiving books and books about thankfulness. Reading books together on thankfulness is a great way to encourage our kids to be thankful and get them excited about celebrating Thanksgiving!
We desire to fill our kids with ideas that will build them up in their faith and character, not bring them down. But with so many “feel good” yet “not so good” movie options, and the pull from our culture to watch them, it makes it difficult to know how to handle the entertainment world as a Christian parent.
Here are a few suggestions when deciding whether to let your children watch a movie…
One way we can encourage our kids in their faith, character, and love for Jesus is by letting them watch good Christian movies with a Biblical message. Kids are drawn to screens, whether we like it or not, so what better way to encourage them by providing a message of truth rather than one full of the world’s lies?
This season of life dealing with the coronavirus reminds me a lot of the Israelites wandering in the desert after escaping Egypt. Okay, well we don’t have it THAT bad; at least we still have our air conditioned homes and can run to the grocery store when we need to, provided we have a mask. But doesn’t it often feel like we are wandering from place to place unsure when we will return to normal life?
You may not have signed up to be a homeschool mom or dad, but now that we are all in the same boat, let’s talk about 5 ways we can survive this often rough-water experience without sinking or jumping overboard. Perhaps these tips will not only help you survive, but help you thrive as a new and improved homeschool parent!
One of my favorite activities during the summer months is reading chapter books with my kids. I enjoy snuggling on the couch as we read the next chapter and discuss what we can learn from it. There are some great, classic books out there, but lately I have been searching for some good Christian chapter books with a message of faith. We know a few, and I reviewed one of them below, but I asked some friends (and some of their kids) to tell me their favorites and why they liked them.
My next interview is with Kelly, our pastor’s wife and wonderful mom of three amazing boys, ages 12, 14, and 17. Her kids have attended public school for the past eleven years, and she has a passion to encourage her kids in their relationship with the Lord. Kelly, thank you for sharing your public school experiences with us!
Over the past several months, I have been sharing about different educational models and how you can use them to encourage your kids in their faith and character. This month I have interviewed Julia, a mom who has raised two wonderful kids who follow the Lord and are now in college and graduate school. She has had some insightful experiences when her kids attended Christian private schools that she is going to share with us.