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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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Teaching Our Children to Stand

Posted by on Aug 7, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I think we can all agree that we’re living in crazy times. A worldwide pandemic that has quite literally shut down our communities, riots that have ravaged major cities, and curfews and stay-at-home orders have been implemented and impacted all our lives. We are living through events that many people have never seen before and many will never see again. Thinking about these events and how it affects our children has kept me up at night. I want to make sure my children have the knowledge that they need to understand the world, but I also want my children to remain blissfully innocent. Unfortunately, that’s not possible, nor realistic. So I want to teach my children how to stand. I want them to know how to stand up for themselves, for others, and for injustice. But in a world...

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Parenting Mayhem

Posted by on Aug 5, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Awhile back, I called a mom with three active young children. When she answered the phone I said, “What are you up to today?” I laughed at her reply. With a sigh she said, “Trying not to kill anybody.” She’s a wonderful mom and I knew she didn’t mean that, but I could hear the exhaustion in her voice. Oh, how I remember those days when my sons were still at home! Days when they’d tromped on my last good nerve, when my batteries were on empty and I was so tired I felt like I needed to be in bed … but I couldn’t because I still had to cook dinner, do twelve more loads of laundry, referee squabbles—and, oh yes, try to keep from killing anybody. One of my husband’s favorite memories is of a day when...

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Yet Will I Praise Him

Posted by on Aug 3, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Psalm 42:11 ESV Another month, thirty-one turns on the Earth’s axis ahead of us, and a few miles closer to completing another trip around the sun. The world still spins and God remains in control, despite the turmoil we seem to face with each new sunrise. The author of Psalm 42 faced dire circumstances, but reminds us to praise God, despite the challenges that surround us. How can you praise Him today? Tomorrow? This month? Choose to praise God daily and celebrate His goodness. Include some of these silly holidays in your family time this month and keep hoping in God. He is good and He is worthy. International...

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