Teachable Moments

Mommy, I Hate God

Confession: I’m cranky most Sunday mornings. It’s like herding cats trying to get three small children out the door for 9 am church. The kids are usually arguing, they can’t find their shoes, they’re upset they can’t watch a morning cartoon, and they’re anything but cooperative. By the time we’re on our way, the last thing on my mind is worshiping God. I just want to pull an iron blanket over my head so no one can get to me. Last Sunday was no different. I rushed the kids into the car before Read More…

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How To Get Your Kids’ Spiritual Attention (No Yelling Required)

I was in the car with my kids recently when I flipped the radio to an 80s station. The totally awesome 1981 song, “Words,” by Missing Persons was playing. If you aren’t familiar with it, the chorus says over and over: Do you hear me? Do you care? While I was lost in thought wondering what happened to the band Missing Persons (pun intended), Nathan broke the silence: “That sounds like mommy.” I had no idea what he was talking about. Then the chorus came on again: Do you hear Read More…

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Parents Beware: Don’t Let Simple Theology Become Wrong Theology

Don't Let Simple Theology Become Bad Theology | Christian Mom Thoughts

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the local Christian bookstore to pick out some new books for the kids. We have a lot of children’s Bibles, but I wanted to find some good kids’ fiction that emphasizes the role of faith in everyday life. The first book I picked up was about a young girl who was being bullied by other kids. While these kids were bothering her, she prayed that God would help. On the next page, one of the bullies suddenly decided to leave and take his friends with him. The story ended Read More…

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Don’t Let Your Kids Drown in a Sea of Faith

Don't Let Your Kids Drown in a Sea of Faith | Christian Mom Thoughts

While we were on vacation last month, we spent a lot of time in the swimming pool helping our kids learn to swim. On the first day we were there, my daughter let go of the edge of the pool for the first time and kicked her way several feet forward without help! It was so exciting to see her make those first independent swim moves. Things didn’t go so smoothly for my son. He had the confidence to jump off the steps and try swimming over to me, but he was choking every time he came out of the water. “I Read More…

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7 Faith Considerations When Raising Introverted Kids

A couple of weeks ago, we took our twins to a birthday party at a bounce house. It was the first one we’ve been to for a friend at school, and it was interesting to see how our kids interacted with the other kids in their class. After a while I didn’t see Nathan, so I went searching. I found him sitting alone inside a tunnel in the corner of the room. “Buddy! What are you doing in here?!” “I’m tired. I wanted to get away.” I didn’t even know what to say. My 4-year-old son was tired of Read More…

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6 Keys to Raising Kids Who Aren’t Ashamed of Being a Christian

In my last post, I provided an overview of the six major views on evolution and creation. On the Facebook page for this blog, I shared the corresponding flow chart I made to go with the post. The photo upload of the flow chart went “viral” in the last few days…amongst atheist groups. Within a few hours, it had reached over 26,000 people and received 272 comments – many of which were personal attacks against me and/or the intellectual level of Christians. Not every atheist engaged in such insulting Read More…

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How Much Should You Protect Kids from Negative Influences? 5 Key Questions to Ask Yourself

I work two days per week from home, and have a nanny on those two days to watch the kids while I’m not available. Every week when I emerge from the office at 6 p.m. to let our nanny go, I ask for the download on how the kids behaved. Usually they are quite good, but once in a while a big issue comes up that we need to discuss. Last week, one such “big issue” arose. Our nanny had asked my son to pick something up that afternoon, to which he replied, “No! You’re STUPID!” Gasp! Gasp. I Read More…

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Are You Shaping Your Kids to Do God’s Work Right Now…Or Just Preparing Them for When They Grow Up?

I’m excited today to feature a guest post from Wynter Pitts, founder of For Girls Like You Magazine, a ministry to girls (age 6-11) and their parents. Do you remember being 9, 10 or 11 years old? I do. It seems like a lifetime ago. Probably because, in my case, it was! I have vague memories of lining my “babies” along the living room wall and yelling out names as I “took roll” and set up my classroom. I was convinced that I was going to be a teacher…when I grew up. I remember following Read More…

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