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Quicky Connections With Your Teen

Let’s face it. Connecting with our teens and pre-teens can feel really complicated and difficult, especially when we are busy and often feel overwhelmed. Each of these ideas takes less than 15 minutes a day amongst the craziness to make a connection. Take a look and see which one you’d like to try first. We…

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The Power of a Symbol

Dear Parents, I want to talk to you today about symbols. A symbol is an object that has meaning attached to it, but it is also a great tool in the parent’s tool belt. Here are some examples of important symbols you may have in your life that carry important meaning: – a wedding ring…

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My Family Loves Me

This month, we want to help your child begin to associate God and Jesus with loving people at home and at church AND respond to demonstrations of affection.   Little Activities for Little People: 1. Convey your love and acceptance of your child with smiles, hugs and caresses. Make feeding and changing activities times of…

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Rebel & Repeat, Part 2

Dear Parents, In our last session, I invited you to do a very practical exercise called REBEL and REPEAT. If you missed it, you can go here. I would like to begin by handing you a machete. A machete is a long knife used in the jungle to cut through thick brush and create a path. I want…

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Summer Highlights So Far!

We’re only two weeks into our summer events, but we already have some great memories. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we thought we’d just show you some of what we’ve done. Enjoy!

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Learn Jesus’ Name and That You Are Loved By Him

This month we want to help your child to develop an awareness of the name of Jesus and associate Him with being loved AND enjoy the activities provided.   Little Activities for Little People:  1. Even the youngest baby usually responds positively to soft, quiet singing. Hearing simple, yet rhythmic melodies again and again will…

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Boundaries With Technology

Let’s face it, technology is everywhere! It is neither good nor bad, it’s what we make of it. Most kids today have some sort of mobile device. We want to take some time to figure out how we build boundaries around our child’s use of mobile devices. Initially, we need to address the real question:…

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Key Thoughts On Discipline

One of the hardest parts about being a parent is having to discipline your child. No child is perfect and misbehaviour is inevitable, but it is so frustrating! Try to look at this responsibility in a new way. Punishments are unavoidable, but view it as an opportunity to teach your child how to behave. Also, try…

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How Do I Develop Rules For My Toddler?

That is the question! It’s easy to find oneself saying, “No!” to nearly everything a toddler does! But rather than fall into a “no” pattern that makes little sense to your child and creates a constant irritation for you, take some time to determine what your essential house rules should be. It may be helpful…

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Rebel & Repeat

Welcome to the third instalment of Parent Life. If you missed our last session called “Attitude Check” you can go find it here. I am going to begin by asking you to visit your past. One way to dynamically change your home is to have the courage to visit your own teenage experience and consider the ways you…

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