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Parental Choices

5 Ways You May Be Teaching Your Kids to Worry Without Realizing It

Worry

“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.” (Matthew 6:27-29) Growing up, worry was practically a family member in our house. It was always there, and if it wasn’t, we pretty much went looking for it. There was nearly constant worry over money, health, political outcomes, the weather, Read More…

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How We Worship Daily as a Family

Family Worship

About a year ago, my husband Bryan said he felt we should start some kind of family worship time with the kids. He handed me a small book he had ordered based on a recommendation he read from Mark Driscoll (pastor of a megachurch in Seattle).  It was called “Family Worship” (by Donald S. Whitney) and, despite the 2006 copyright, looked as if it were designed and printed in about 1982. I immediately started laughing. A lot. The thought of a family worshipping together at home was far outside Read More…

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5 Family Prayer Ruts and How to Get Out of Them

Prayer Rut

A couple of months ago, my mom injured her back. I started praying with the kids each day that grandma’s back would heal. In a few days, she was much better. I hadn’t yet mentioned it to the kids, however, so they continued to pray for her. Nathan (praying): “Please help grandma’s back to feel better.” Me (after the prayer): Nathan, grandma’s back is better now! God answered our prayers. We don’t need to keep praying for her. Fast forward a couple of days. Nathan (praying): Read More…

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What I Hope My Kids Will Say at My Funeral

I’m looking forward to celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend. If my husband has taken my many cues, he will have worked with the kids to craft some kind of memorable gift, probably involving a handprint or leaf. With any luck, he will also inform me that I can sleep in as long as I want while he takes care of the kids. With more luck, he’ll tell me I get to sleep in two mornings. (Emphasis added for Bryan’s benefit. He reads all my posts. Indirect spouse communication is a fringe benefit Read More…

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Why All Christian Parents Should Teach Their Children About Other Religions

I started teaching my twins the alphabet when they turned two. Yes, I know that is a bit extreme. But, truth be told, I was a little bored with “non-productive” play time and wanted to do something even marginally goal-oriented with them.  By the time they were two and a half, they both knew all their letters. (I’m both embarrassed and proud to say that my daughter could also name every state on the map at that age.) I have since slowed way down with the learning curve, but still spend a couple Read More…

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Part 3: How Does School Impact a Child’s Faith Development?

This is the third and final post highlighting the findings from the Cardus Education Survey. The survey, conducted with the largest-ever sample of Christian school graduates in North America, was designed to answer this question: Do the motivations for private religious Catholic and Protestant schooling in North America align with graduate outcomes? Previously, I highlighted the findings related to education’s impact on spiritual formation and cultural and community engagement. Today I am Read More…

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Part 2: How Does School Impact a Child’s Faith Development?

Yesterday I introduced several thought-provoking findings from the Cardus Education Survey, conducted to answer the question:   Do the motivations for private religious Catholic and Protestant schooling in North America align with graduate outcomes?   In yesterday’s post, I highlighted the findings related to education’s impact on spiritual formation. Today I am highlighting the findings related to cultural and community engagement.   As Cardus states in their Read More…

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How Does School Impact a Child’s Faith Development?

I’ve found an extremely enlightening study that provides some answers to this question and I wanted to share some of the key insights here.   An independent research organization called Cardus released a report last year on an extensive study they conducted with the largest-ever sample of Christian school graduates in North America. The key question was this:   Do the motivations for private religious Catholic and Protestant schooling in North America align with graduate outcomes?   Cardus Read More…

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