Archives: Parent Life Posts

The Tension between Grace and Discipline

No one would pretend that raising kids is easy. It’s a constant tension between grace and discipline: Grace says: I love you. I see value in you. I will never quit on you. And discipline says: You can’t write on the walls in crayon. You can’t hit your brother on the head with a mixing bowl. You can’t…

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Kids: Shame versus Guilt, Part Two

This month’s video provided the background for Shame Versus Guilt. Shaming a child as discipline results in a child who feels bad about him or herself. However, guilting a child is just as destructive. Guilt is a tool adults use to make others feel bad, and unfortunately, too often use as a parenting tactic. Guilt…

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Preschool: Making Friends, Part Two

We’re still on the subject of friends—how to help your preschooler make them and be one. After all, friends are a very important part of life. Jesus had friends. Twelve good friends and from those twelve, three close friends, and from those three, one BFF named John. I hope you have had a chance to…

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babyZone: Why Do Babies Cry and What Can We Do?

Q. Why do babies cry and what can we do when they cry? A. It’s important to remember that crying is a baby’s first language. Here are a few things to remember: When a baby’s cries are met with a loving response, it teaches the baby that language (in this case, crying) works. This is…

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KidZone Scripture Verses: Sep 30 – Oct 21

JK-SK Sept 30 – Brothers forgive one another. Focus: God wants us to forgive others. Memory Verse: “Forgive one another…” Ephesians 4:32a Oct 7 – Moses & the Burning Bush Focus: We can love God by obeying Him. Memory Verse: “This is love for God: to obey His commands.” 1 John 5:3 Oct 14 –…

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KidZone Scripture Verses: Sept 16-30

JK-SK Sept 16 – Disobeying – A Not so Happy Day! Focus: God made us and wants us to obey. Memory Verse: “This is love for God: to obey His commands.” 1 John 5:3 Sept 23 – God Keeps His Promises! Focus: God always keeps His promises Memory Verse: “…God always does what He says…”…

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Preschool: Making Friends, Part One

Friends are an important part of life. We all want and need them. Making friends, however, is an art that everyone needs to acquire—your preschooler included. Please watch this month’s Online Parenting Class it is an excellent source of help to you in teaching your preschooler how to make friends the right way. One of…

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Kids: Shame versus Guilt, Part One

This month’s video is Shame Versus Guilt. We’re talking about how guilt is described as “I have done something bad” while shame is the belief that “I am bad.” We discuss how shame doesn’t typically lead to change, while guilt recognizes offence and the desire to rectify that offence. It is good to know the…

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babyZone: I See God’s Love at Church

“I like to come to church.” (See Psalm 122:1) This month we will help your child: Feel secure and comfortable at church as we demonstrate God’s love to him or her Begin to associate God and Jesus with loving people and enjoyable activities Do these activities with your child to continue the learning your child…

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Building Confidence in our Teens

This blog is by Dr. Tim Elmore, President of Growing Leaders.  When Brandon told me he wanted to start a YouTube channel that helped people who share the same vision get together and collaborate, I asked him, “What’s stopping you?” “I don’t have the confidence,” he acknowledged. Over the next several minutes, Brandon and four of…

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