Raising kids is the greatest joy and the most significant challenge in the lives of most parents. Out of the blue, it seems, you are sent home with a tiny person, who you must keep alive and mold into a responsible adult. It is a daunting task and takes a lot of patience, for sure, and an experience like no other. However, because children don’t come with a handy user guide, it’s up to each of us to learn all there is about the process. Here are some links that might help.
Baby to Tween
In the blink of an eye, your brand-new baby will be teetering on the cusp of adolescence. The following information covers topics that range from swaddling a baby to keeping them academically engaged.
What to Consider When Buying a Home with Kids
7 Ways to Change How You Talk So Your Toddler Will Listen
The Simple Way to Decide If You Should Have Another Baby
10 Strategies to Encourage Your Children to Eat Well
10 Easy, Affordable DIY STEM Experiments to Keep Kids and Teens Engaged
This Is How to Respond When Your Child Hates School
Adolescence and Older
Babies don’t stay little forever, of course, and the teen years go by even faster than childhood. Puberty, rebellion, and insight on how to introduce your teenager to your own new love interest are all things that may come up in the teen years.
How to Talk with Your Kids About Puberty
50 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Your Teenager
Go Storm Spotting with Your Children
7 Good Reasons Teenagers Should Play Sports
Is Your Home an Accomplice for Your Rebellious Teen?
Body Image (Children and Teens)
Tweens and Teens Sibling Rivalry
3 Scripts to Smoothly Introduce Your New Partner to Your Teenager
No one can guarantee what situations you will encounter as a parent. It is a unique journey, and one with a roadmap that you draw yourself as it plays out. However, the resources outlined above represent a few of the pit stops along the way and can help you make an informed decision on which direction you want your parenting experience to take.
Kristin Louis (www.parentingwithkris.com)
Assumptions Kill Marriage
There are so many marriage killers but assumptions may be one of the worst. So often when people are trying to rescue their marriage, the focus is on what we say and how we say it. We’ve all heard that we should never use the words ‘never’ or ‘always.’ We are told to be respectful, polite, and kind when speaking to our spouse. The old saying is thrown in our face:
If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all!
These are all good, but today, I don’t want to talk to you about what you are saying. No, I want to talk to you about what you are thinking in your relationship. I want to talk to you about the quick assumptions that kill the marriage and how to stop doing it… Read More
God’s Answer to Confusion
I was listening to yet another coronavirus report on the news last night. A medical doctor was speaking of the potential mental health issues that could arise pointing out the 10% increase in suicide during the 2008 economic turmoil. We must pray and ask the Lord for help. But one thing the doctor said caught my attention. She said, “Humans are not designed to function well in the unknown.” Her point was that right now there is so much that is unknown that it is creating anxiety, stress, depression, suicide, and volatility including domestic abuse…Read More
Finding God’s Will in a Dark World by Giving Thanks
This is the most tumultuous time in society I have seen in my lifetime. Like a hurricane, we have been hit with the covid shutdown, economic shutdown, increase in racial tension, unjustified shootings by police, increased murder, suicide, not being able to go to church, cities burning, a presidential election year, masks, social distancing, and not being able to hang out with friends. I am sure there have been worse times, but not that I have experienced.
I was in a meeting today and one of the participants said, “The world is angrier than it has been in a long time.” I have to agree. As believers, we have to guard ourselves from that pattern of this world and find the right response.
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