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Pumpkin Patch Perspectives

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Psalm 85:12 ESV. God is good, all the time, but the crispness in the air that signifies autumn brings to mind a season of gratefulness. Fresh-turned farmers’ fields and orange pumpkins and bright red, ripened apples tickle the senses and remind us to be thankful for the yield God provides. Help your family get in a pumpkin patch perspective kind of mood by celebrating God’s goodness and the beauty of a new season. Use some of the silly but actual holidays below to create a festive mood in your household and thank God daily for God’s harvest and provisions. Apple Month – Create this fun apple craft with some paint and a few supplies. Carefully paint your child’s hand, palm side and arm, about...

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Sensing God

Posted by on Aug 28, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 5 comments

Well, friends, the COVID days are dragging on. Our prayer is that the spread will cease, we can wave good-bye to fear and once again gather freely with family, friends, and in our churches. While we wait, let’s continue to seek the Lord and intentionally dwell in His presence…and encourage our children to do the same. One of the blessings in the midst of this pandemic has been the numbers of families outdoors spending quality time together, exercising—running, walking, and biking. What if, as we spend time in God’s creation, we determine to be purposeful in sensing God’s presence, His love, and His provision? What if we actually use our senses to be the springboard to conversations with our children? And what if those conversations lead us to join together as a family in thankfulness and praise? Consider the...

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Please Go to Sleep!

Posted by on Aug 21, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“Not again! It’s your turn,” mom says to dad. “I put her back to bed three times while you were in the bathroom. You get the next three!” Nothing can be more frustrating than looking forward to that small break between their bedtime and yours, only to realize that, instead, you are called on for even greater patience, skill, and inexhaustible energy to keep them there. Usually this challenge starts when your little ones realize they have the power. So when they crawl over the crib, or crib extender, it’s onward to a toddler bed, and now it’s “game on.” Several things are helpful at this stage: Hopefully you already have a bedtime routine.  If not, implement one. Most routines should be no longer than 15-30 minutes. Something like—read/cuddle, prayer, kiss, tuck, “night night.” Keep your voice soft, yawn...

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Little Cards for Tuck-Me-In Time

Posted by on Aug 19, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Bedtime had arrived for our preschooler, Kim. She reached under her pillow the moment she jumped into bed. Then, wearing a wide grin, she retrieved and opened a zip-locked bag stuffed with little cards. Each card featured one question. “What does it say?” she’d ask, handing the card of her choice to her dad. One evening the question read, What’s the best way to eat spaghetti? “With my hands,” Kim answered. “Why not chopsticks?” asked her dad. “No, not chopsticks,” said Kim. “The noodles would fall off!” “Maybe an ice-cream scoop,” he suggested. “No, Silly. Scoops are only for ice-cream,” said Kim. “Ice-cream is cold but spaghetti is hot, so a scoop won’t work.” The preschool logic made her dad smile. Their banter ended, and Kim returned the card to the bag. Then she crawled under her covers, said her bedtime...

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Parenting IS the Most Important Work

Posted by on Aug 12, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“So, what do you do all day?” Who knew that this one simple question could raise my blood pressure so quickly? My guard goes up, my impenetrable armor clinks into place, and my well-rehearsed (yet somehow still frazzled) response rises to my lips. I begin listing off all the other things that I do. The words that come tumbling out of my mouth at times sound forced, as if I’m trying to convince myself as well as my listener that I am doing worthwhile things—not just taking care of my child. When the conversation ends, I’m left wondering why I feel the need to justify, to explain—why being a mother to my son somehow doesn’t seem like enough. I recently read some wise words from C.S. Lewis: “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” Wow. The truth...

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A Dozen Ways to Ruin Your Kids

Posted by on Aug 10, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

A young punk was observed on the subway one morning. The teen wouldn’t give up his seat so an older lady could sit down. He was rude to the people around him. And then, because she wasn’t fast enough at exiting the train, he knocked a woman out of the way. My friend who’d witnessed the scene was floored by the young man’s actions, but unfortunately, things like that happen all the time—and often the blame goes back to the home environment, to a lack of parenting. I started thinking about what could have caused that teen to become so rude and uncaring—and about what parents might be doing to contribute to that kind of scenario with their children. So here are a dozen ways to ruin your children: Let your children grow up thinking that the world revolves...

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