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How to Get Your Kids to Ask More Questions About Their Faith

How to Get Your Kids to Ask More Questions About Their Faith

The most popular post on my blog is one I wrote last year called, The Number One Sign Your Kids are Just Borrowing Your Faith (and Not Developing Their Own). That post has been read by more than 80,000 people and shared almost 14,000 times. Clearly it resonated deeply with people. So what was the sign that your kids are just “borrowing” your faith? They rarely, if ever, ask questions about it. Many parents wrote to me and said the post made them realize that they were doing a lot Read More…

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4 Thanksgiving Perspectives All Christians Should Have

4 Thanksgiving Perspectives All Christians Should Have

Happy Thanksgiving! My family has been flattened by the flu so I wasn’t able to write a new post this week. This is a repost from 2012.  Although Thanksgiving is a secular holiday, it creates a wonderful opportunity to talk to our kids about the meaning of gratitude from a biblical perspective. While our secular holiday tends to focus on celebrating lists of things we’re thankful for, the biblical perspective on gratitude is much richer in meaning. Here are four “thanksgiving” perspectives Read More…

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3 Perspectives Every Child Needs for Their Spiritual Journey

Three Perspectives Every Child Needs for Their Spiritual Journey

I’m not a big TV watcher. In fact, the only guilty TV pleasure I have is watching Dateline NBC. I’m fascinated by the true crime stories and seeing how seemingly typical people get involved in crazy things. Dateline recently featured the tragic story of Ian Thorson, a young man who got tangled up in a cult, eventually leading to his death. Thorson was born into an affluent East Coast family with all the trappings of opportunity. He was a laid-back surfer who went on to graduate from Stanford Read More…

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Are Christians Indoctrinating Their Kids?

Are Christians Indoctrinating Their Kids?

My last post, “The Number One Sign Your Kids Are Just Borrowing Your Faith,” went a bit crazy online! To date, it has been read by over 47,000 people and has been shared over 10,000 times. I’m thrilled that it resonated with so many people, and I hope it will encourage a love for questions in the spiritual lives of more families. One (presumably atheist) commenter on the post, however, thought my encouragement of deeper faith discussions means I think kids need to be more “indoctrinated.” Read More…

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7 Ways Christian Encouragement and Secular Encouragement Look Very Different

As much as I love Facebook, I’ve become jaded lately by the onslaught of memes offering simplified life wisdom. One in particular caught my eye this week. I don’t want to criticize the work of a specific site or person, so I’m not going to post the original photo here. It was from one of many sites devoted to “positive thinking” and featured the following advice:  Tell Yourself: Everything will work out. Things will get better. You are worthy of great things. The time is now. This Read More…

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What Exactly is a Biblical Miracle? 3 Key Things Your Kids Should Understand

What Exactly is a Biblical Miracle? | Christian Mom Thoughts

A few weeks ago in our family worship time, we were studying the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 (Matthew 14). After we finished the story, I asked what I thought was a pretty straight forward question: “So, how did Jesus feed 5,000 people with just a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish?” Kenna responded, “He must have cut the bread and fish into little tiny pieces to feed that many people!” It was such a simple and logical answer, but it said so much about her young understanding of Read More…

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Preparing Kids to Encounter Atheism Online

Preparing Kids to Encounter Atheism Online

Today I have the honor of guest posting on the Cold Case Christianity blog, written by author J. Warner Wallace.  When I was growing up, my mom had a thick, imposing book called “Cults of the World” sitting on our living room shelf. I was fascinated by it, tentatively peeking at pages about Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christian Scientists when no one was looking. In my young world, you were a Christian or you belonged to one of these other religions; that was the choice. I don’t think I realized Read More…

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Teaching Kids That Faith Takes Work: 8 Lessons from Exercise

Teaching Kids That Faith Takes Work | Christian Mom Thoughts

I really, really, really don’t like to exercise. I’ve always been pretty lucky in that I haven’t had to worry about weight and could eat what I wanted without facing exercise as a necessity. The scale and I have been having conversations this year, however, and I’m starting to realize things are changing. If I want to maintain my eating habits and weight, exercise will need to become my friend. Have I mentioned that I really, really, really don’t like to exercise? In a rare moment of exercise Read More…

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