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Home vs. Heart Improvement: Keeping Families Strong

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I recently journeyed a bit late to church on a Sunday morning, but had no trouble finding parking. I was quite dismayed to find the parking lot so empty. The frustrating rain clouds from an already soggy spring were supposed to fade by noon, but they had obviously kept many families home from worship. I couldn’t help but feel discouraged, as I wanted to see more of my church family. Following the morning service, I joined family for lunch and then stopped by the local home improvement store to remedy the outdated light bulbs that had blown that morning while attending to the hair and make-up. But as I drove into the lot, I quickly realized I had a problem. I couldn’t find a parking place! Rain clouds had given way to the sun, and every family in my...

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Create an A-MAY-zing Month of Celebrations with Family

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 ESV This just MAY be the best month so far this year for family fun and adventure! Spring has completely sprung in most parts of the country, with some lingering snow banks that just won’t seem to go away in a few places. Gorgeous flowers dot God’s artist’s palette in every color and hue. Fresh vegetables line the farmers’ fields and market shelves, and cool breezes invite bare feet and short sleeves. Yes, it’s a beautiful time of year to make special family memories that you’ll cherish for months to come. Try out some of these zany holidays or create some unique ones of your very own. You’ll be so glad that you added these memories to the month of...

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When School is Scary

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

School can be a frightening place for many students, especially when they’ve experienced episodes of bullying, humiliation, or academic failure. Walking in the front doors can feel much like a last supper for the adolescent who expects to face heartache, hatred, or humiliation. Our children would rather run away than face the hardship of other students’ words and wounds, and frankly, so would we! Let’s get real for a moment. How many parents have sat on the bedside with a sobbing child who is humiliated because someone called him/her “stupid,” “ugly,” “fat,” or “too churchy?” No parent wants to see his/her child endure painful opposition, so it’s only natural that we do everything in our power to remove the negativity. Our responses may include everything from simple chats to formally removing a child from a school environment. The way...

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Happy Easter!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter as we celebrate a risen Lord! ~From all of us at Just 18...

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Sad Day, Happy Day

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As Easter nears, parents all over are wondering the best way to teach their children about Jesus’ death and resurrection. It can be an incredibly difficult concept for children to grasp. In my preschool, we discuss the topic of Jesus’ death and resurrection in terms of a sad day and a happy day. His death is of course a sad day, but then his resurrection is such a happy day! We try to use terminology that is relatable to the children and as I’m thinking about Easter, thinking about that sad day and happy day, I realize just how relatable it is to us as well. What a gift we can give our children by helping them realize that sad and happy days are a part of our lives. Jesus’ sad day and death was followed by a happy...

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A Craving for Less

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As my children’s complaints increased in volume and intensity, my gaze darted around the grocery store and I inwardly cringed. If someone didn’t know my sweet and well-cared-for darlings, they might suspect my offspring were deprived and malnourished. “Can’t we go out to eat? We never eat out.” “I need new jeans. I have nothing to wear.” “Why can’t I go to so-and-so’s house? Everyone is going.” Oh, the angst my poor sorrowful babies had to endure. If only they could have more of whatever they deemed necessary at the time. But could our children be taking their cues from us? Do parents fall into the same need-more traps? How often do we verbalize our dreams for a bigger house, a better salary, additional time, increased status, the best-behaved children, or a better whatever? When the need-more bug permeates...

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