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Kids: Discipline Vs Punishment, Part Two

God calls parents to discipline their children in love. However, sometimes parents slip into “punishment” mode which connects their misbehaviour to their identity, which can have long-term negative effects. On top of that, punishment implies repaying someone with what he or she deserves the opposite of the gospel. Genesis 1:27 says, “God created mankind in…

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Preschool: You Can Do It! Part Two

Hopefully by now you’ve watched the video on how to discern between good parenting advice and that which isn’t so good. Having older parents you look up to and who you can count on for advice, encouragement, and help is a great thing. A Godly thing. But there are times when we are made to…

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babyZone: Talking with Your Child Brings Results

One of the most amazing accomplishments of the entire human life span takes place by the age of three years: learning to understand almost all normal conversation. At birth, all words are meaningless. But within 36 months, the child has broken the code! Long before a child can speak, he or she can grasp the…

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Kids: Discipline Vs Punishment, Part One

We’re talking this month about the difference between discipline and punishment, and how the words are often used interchangeably but are quite different. To review, punishment seeks to control a person’s behaviour by fear or retribution, or by inflicting pain to motivate change. Discipline, however, seeks to tie the unwanted behaviour to a natural or…

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Preschool: You Can Do It! Part One

We’ve already covered the fact that parenting doesn’t have to be a Lone Ranger kind of job—that it’s okay to have a few mentors and reinforcements. But I’m sure you can recall a few times in your life as a parent when you’ve gotten some unwarranted advice or even scolding in regards to your parenting…

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babyZone: Jesus Loves Children

“Jesus loves the children.” (See Mark 10:16) This month we will help your child: Develop an awareness of the name of Jesus and associate Him with being loved, Enjoy the activities provided. Little Activities for Little People Your baby will enjoy pushing his or her feet against your hands. Talk with and encourage your baby…

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KidZone Scripture Verses: Oct 14-28

JK-SK Oct 14 – Moses & The Ten Commandments – Loving God Focus: God wants us to love Him. Memory Verse: “…Love the Lord your God with all your heart.” Deuteronomy 6:5 Oct 21 – Moses & The Ten Commandments – Loving Others Focus: God wants us to love others. Memory Verse: “….Love one another.”…

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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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