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What does it mean to you that God pursues you? Does the thought that our God desires a personal relationship with you overwhelm you? It does me. I am so humbled by this. Think of the hurting and lonely unbelievers in your own life and consider what a difference sharing this truth with them would make. Grateful, Melissa
I am a huge fan of using Spring Break to connect with your kids... even if you are not going skiing, to the beach or another great adventure, blocking out some one-on-one time with each child, and some family adventures will go a long way to making connections with your kids. Read Conversation Starters to Connect With Your Kids on parentingpathway.org for more ideas to make it a great week.
Are you and your family drained by lack of sleep? As children's minds develop and they become more aware of the world around them, there is more for them to process, to understand, to worry about or be confused by. Children subconsciously sort through their thoughts, reorder them, and fill in the gaps in their sleep. This can lead to long cycles of nightmares that rob them (and you) of much-needed sleep. We're sharing five tips to guide you as you help your children manage their nightmares.
One of the benefits of the last couple years and our journey through a global pandemic is that it has given us the opportunity to step back and really evaluate what is important. As we started to reassemble our lives after the initial shutdown, in most cases, we were more aware of what we had allowed to crowd our time and drain our resources. Before we get too far from this new awareness, now is a good time to pause and create a family mission statement. Here are 5 steps to get you started
It’s always such a great moment of anticipation to look forward to the weeks ahead. Yet this incredible time of joy and celebration can be incredibly taxing and detrimental to our marriages if we’re not careful. So how can we go about holiday-proofing our marriages? How can we not only survive the holidays but possibly thrive in this season? This week on the blog, we share ideas to help us travel this challenging season with joy and renewed commitment to our spouse.
We have all heard of Helicopter Parenting, but have you heard of Drone Parenting? A Drone Parent is a parent who seems as having a hands-off approach to parenting. They use technology to monitor, restrict, and protect their children from themselves and the world around them. Most of us at one time or another cross the boundary between parenting and overparenting. And unfortunately, when we get carried away, we are having a big impact on the psychological development of our kids.
Mom and dad, this is not just another thing to put on your holiday to-do list—this is the real deal. If you do nothing else to mark the coming of Christmas this year, do not skip the ritual of an Advent celebration. We have all the resources you need to establish your own family observation of Advent. Download them today!
A couple weeks ago my teenager declared . . . “Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday. I don’t see the point.” It was like shooting a dagger through my heart and pointing out where my parenting missed the boat, again. So as I step back and recalibrate, I want us to rethink:What is our purpose for celebrating Thanksgiving? What does the Bible say about giving thanks? And finally, how can we take another run at the true purpose of a national pause to give thanks for God’s presence in our lives?
Discipline is one of those things we get asked about all the time. Whether you are dealing with a preschooler who is biting, an elementary child who is lying, or a teenager who misses their curfew, every parent is looking for the next idea that might crack the code. There are some foundational ideas that will help carry you through the rocky days ahead. We are looking at discipline with a long-term perspective and sharing eight concepts you can start working on now.
November is a great time to come back and refocus the hearts and minds of our families on gratitude. We created a 30 Days of Thankfulness Calendar with 30 prompts for you and your family to give thanks all month long. Print your own copy of 30 Days of Thankfulness today. Post it in a visible place in your home where you and your family can be reminded daily.
Establishing a godly home is an intrinsically unique endeavor with infinite impact on others. Homemaking is an essential part of family life, whether you are called to stay home with your children, work outside the home, have some type of flexible working situation, have family to assist with homemaking, or are a single mother or even an empty-nester. This week brings encouragement for all woman who are putting their home, homemaking, and their family ahead of the expectations of the world.
For some students, cutting or burning themselves is a dangerous way of coping when depression and anxiety. A student may feel so numb that they cut themselves in order to feel something. Sometimes, it’s a way to validate the pain that they can’t articulate. It is heartbreaking for parents to travel this road with their kids. We leas in with encouragement and wisdom, with the goal of helping parents to reduce the risk of self-harming behavior and sharing what to do if it has already begun.
“Rhythm is embedded in our bodies and in our world.” Eugene Peterson - Family life is made of rhythms, and with the rhythms come rituals and traditions, created by each family to observe and celebrate. Whether your patterns were created purposely or by chance, the way your family does life together is your family rhythm. You have the opportunity to create traditions and rituals around your unique rhythms that point your family to Christ.
Being wrong stinks. It especially stinks when you are the one in charge. Or the expert. The boss. The Mom or Dad. This week, Aubree Bryant, Middle School Ministry Leader and mom of two boys, shares with us three reasons why you can’t lose when it comes to apologizing to your kids. Plus, she shares some hard-earned pro-tips.
In this week’s episode of the Parenting Pathway podcast, Family Ministries Pastor Dave Carl and High School Ministry Associate Pastor Nathan Kocurek discuss a topic many have wrestled with but usually don't want to say out loud for fear of being judged: What is the purpose of Christianity?
What do you do when you are so angry you could scream? How do you respond when you are so frustrated all you want to do is cry? Your adult response to these situations and about 100 more are learned through life experience. It is highly likely that when your favorite toy was taken out of your hands as a child, you lashed out in anger. It took time and some parental guidance to learn how to respond without bursting into tears. We look at your role as emotional coach for your children.
Do you remember middle school? You know, those years where your body was growing and changing almost every day—one day you wake up and your feet are two sizes too big for your body, and you suddenly have acne all over your face and hair in new places. Middle school is also a time of huge emotional and social development. This is the season of sorting. Middle school, is one of the hardest periods to parent and the hardest to watch your kids navigate. Here are 8 tips to help today!
As parents, there are so many things completely out of our control. Even if you plan and order your child’s day from beginning to end, you are not in every thought, breath, and step they take. And in truth, that is not how God wants you to parent. Prayer—meaning regular conversations with God about your children and for your children—is your best approach for asking and allowing God to work His will in their lives. We’re sharing eight Scriptures you can pray over your children starting today.
One of the best things about being part of a community with other parents is learning how they approach similar problems. Let's face it, there are not a lot new parenting challenges under the sun, but there are many approaches to head them off or tackle them. As we wrap up our back-to-school series, we are sharing some of their favorite time-saving, kid-pleasing and sanity-saving parenting hacks with us.
As we start to send our kids back to school we realize this time of year can be a little intimidating and challenging for many of kids. We created a set of nine scripture based affirmation cards for you to print at home and use to encourage your kids. Print your own copy of our Lunch and Backpack Printable Note Cards. Cut them apart, write a personal note on the back and slip into your child's backpack or lunch box to find during their school day. Such a great way to bring a smile to their day.
Most of us will be in some form of leadership as adults. This is a very tricky position to be in, and failure can come in a thousand different ways. Despite the stakes being quite high, most of us are thrown into leadership before we get any instruction on how to do it well. The world is in desperate need of selfless, personally secure, and others-focused leaders. There will always be a job for those people.
Father's Day on Sunday!! Pastor David Carl who's father passed away a couple years ago shares "Stuff My Dad Said" - Imagine you and I are sitting on the shore of a quiet lake fishing, or around a campfire dodging the smoke, or sitting on the front porch rocking in a couple of wooden chairs that squeak just a bit when you rock. Can you imagine that? Good. Now join me for a small sampling of “Stuff My Dad Said.”
In part two of our Parenting Pathway Podcast series on mentoring, Pastors Dave Carl and Steve Fischer talk about what it looks like to be a mentor and a mentee. We at Stonebriar strongly believe that spiritual growth is best achieved through the guidance and encouragement of fellow believers. The intimacy that develops in a mentor/mentee relationship is the best path to promoting spiritual development.