Of the many challenges of parenting, seeing our kids struggle in ways we can’t fix is one of the more difficult.
As infants, they hurt without questioning it: the shock of getting born, the tummy aches, the fatigue-induced, inconsolable tears. Soon they grow old enough to start asking questions. As logical Dads, we try to explain suffering in a rational way...
“Encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thess. 5:11
Steve and I encourage our children to hand write affirmations to their siblings and other family members on birthdays and during times of difficulty with another. When we first began this practice, it was like pulling teeth to get them to lovingly participate. There were sighs, a plethora of avoidance behaviors (suddenly “remembering” unfinished homework, wandering aimlessly around the house looking for an eraser that “doesn’t smudge,” etc.).
As they move into their tweens (age 8-12), girls exponentially expand in creativity. Their imagination takes flight, adding complexity, detail, richness and variation to their writing, games, art and learning, along with their choice of books, music, clothing, decor and activities.
She’s developing a vivid imagination. Help her use it to reflect and pray.
Earth Day: A perfect time to study the Book of Genesis as a family!
We learn so much from the way God created our universe, our world, and our precious human family. Follow along the 7 Days of Creation (Genesis 1-2) with these family-friendly Bible reflections.
Easter is a favorite time in our household. I just love watching how each of our children understands this tremendous celebration, each in an endearingly age-appropriate way.
There are some things that kids of all ages, even our babies, just “get.” Darkness is a bit scary--and morning light means joy. When Dad and Mom are quiet and serious, the kids get quiet too, and a bit mystified. They wonder, what’s going on?