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Leave a Tender Moment Alone

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 1 comment

“Thank you for the flower, sweetheart. You’ll be okay, but remember this is why we don’t touch rosebushes.” When a child reaches out with a tender feeling and you turn it into an opportunity to instruct them, you can destroy bonding and trust. One of the most frequent mistakes we make as parents is trying to teach during a tender moment. If we change our child’s focus from the tender feeling, we may be guilty of sabotaging the best opportunities for emotional closeness, and create emotional distance instead. There is always plenty of time for teaching, but tender moments don’t come around nearly as often. Tender moments start when a child comes to you with positive or negative emotions. Neither should be short-circuited and turned into educational moments. Other tender moments that get sabotaged may sound like this: “I’m...

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Making Memories with My Son

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Are you teaching life skills to your children? Someday when they leave for college or when they have their own homes, they’ll be grateful that you took the time to teach them. It’s easy to weave those teaching times into everyday moments. I remember an afternoon when my son, Jason, was sixteen. He arrived home from school, and as usual, he was hungry. “Mom, I’m starved, and I’m in the mood for a big stack of your delicious pancakes. Will you make me some? Since I was always looking for opportunities to teach my sons basic skills, I said I wouldn’t make them. “But I will help you learn to make them.” We found the recipe and I sent him on a scavenger hunt to gather the ingredients. While talking about his day at school, we cracked the eggs,...

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Fun Lessons from Spring

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

There’s an old saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” I don’t know about you, but it makes me oh-so-happy to see all those cheery flowers brightening my yard and town. They’re one of the joys of spring, and the season provides a wonderful opportunity to teach our children about the five senses. TALK ABOUT SIGHT – Watch an ant crawl across the sidewalk and discuss how hard ants work.  Ask your children what they see when they look at flowers. Teach them colors from the blooms—red, pink, purple, yellow, and orange. Look at the different shapes with them. Use the various sizes to talk about concepts like big and small. TALK ABOUT SOUND – Tell your children to listen. What do they hear? Talk about the music of the birds singing. Do you hear the leaves rustling as the...

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Just Like You

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

My sweet friend Carol Hatcher (she does our Giggles and Grace column each month) had an awesome post on Facebook the other day. I asked her if I could share it with all of you because I think there are some important nuggets in there. Here’s what she posted: Today is Career Day at school. Grace came home last week and told me she knew exactly what she wanted to be. “I want to be a missionary—just like you, Mama,” she told me. Y’all. It was my undoing. My sweet girl told me she wants to tell everybody about how much God loves them. She had her whole outfit planned out—her Everyday Missionary shirt, her Bible and her cross bracelet. I am one blessed mama. Carol’s post made me tear up, because isn’t that just what every mom wants?...

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I Can, I Can. I Can…Cope

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

The old adage “Never parent in a crisis,” is pure truth. A crisis does not have to be an extreme health issue or a child’s near miss getting hit by a bus. A crisis, by this definition, is a moment when a parent is overwhelmed with emotion. Any emotion. Anger. Fear. Hopelessness. Burnout. All the feelings that come with parental fatigue. (Hey shouldn’t that be a disorder that gets recognized with a day off?) When we feel overwhelmed with our own emotions—that is not the time to try and teach. Our children only hear our feelings at that point and they respond by trying to find the fastest escape route. If a child is overwhelmed with feeling, they are in the feeling part of their brain, not the part that encodes learning. So our very best teaching is useless....

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Making Messes

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 1 comment

I have two huge holes in my new shower curtain. Someone about three feet tall was in that room for a while right around the time that the holes showed up.  I wasn’t going to make any accusations without proof, but found that solving the mystery was quite easy. I simply asked the question, “Did you poke holes in my shower curtain?” And a bright-eyed little guy said, “Yeah!” Oh, my. It doesn’t take long for moms and dads to discover that children tear things up, spill things, and make messes. They’re good at it! And sometimes tired and frustrated parents lash out in anger. Yeah, I think most of us have been guilty of that at one time or another. But today’s post isn’t aimed at our little rascals—it’s aimed at us as parents. How should we react...

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