Helping Your Child Overcome Shyness

March 30, 2017

We've all seen it done poorly. The child is in tears. The parent is embarrassingly trying to pry the child off her leg. Everyone watching is not sure what to do.

The truth is, some children really struggle in new situations. Some children are terrified of meeting new people. Some children are just plain shy.

When I was five or six, my grandma from Georgia came to visit us. I hadn't seen her in several years, so I did what any shy five or six year-old would do. I hid behind our front door.

Helping your child overcome shyness is not an easy job. How do you avoid hurting your child or driving him to terror? How can you help your child overcome shyness?1

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How to Apologize to Your Child

March 23, 2017

I distinctly remember my dad asking for forgiveness. I was in my room playing by myself after I had been disciplined for picking on my brother. I was playing and pouting.

In walks my dad. His eyes are sad and I'm worried that I've got more punishment coming my way. But he doesn't reprimand me again. He asks me, "Would you forgive daddy for disciplining you in anger?"

I know that I caused the problems in the first place. I pushed back at his discipline. I said some really mean things to him and my brother before mumbling a half-hearted apology. And now my dad is kneeling next to me asking for my forgiveness.

I think I learned more in that moment about sin and forgiveness than I did in ten times of discipline for my own sin.

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Routines at Home for Preschoolers

March 20, 2017

Often when we think of routine, we think b-o-r-i-n-g. Not so! In a home, routines can really make life function smoother and help eliminate stress. Even preschool-aged children are quick to learn and often very eager helpers. You might be surprised how little changes can make a very big difference for you and your children.

Here are some simple suggestions. Just pick one and begin putting it into practice today!

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Four Ways to Be a More Playful Parent

March 16, 2017

Children bond through play. Or more precisely, children bond through shared experiences. Most of what they experience together is play.

If you want to grow closer to your children, you need to learn to play with them. So how can you be a more playful parent?

How can you get better at playing? Here are four suggestions.

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Teaching Your Children to Love Reading

March 13, 2017

You know the scene. You arrive home from a long day at work, prepare dinner, clean up, and then try to spend a few precious moments with your son or daughter.

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How To Correct Your Child Without Saying "No" 139,301,198 Times

March 9, 2017

We all want our children to do right. This is especially true if you're a Christian.

You have a responsibility before God to raise your child in the teaching and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Raising children to know God and his Word has long been an emphasis of biblical teaching (cf. Deuteronomy 6:4ff).

This commitment to raising children to do right can easily wear down any parent. After the 10th time of saying "no," you tire of your role and your kid tires of you.

Is it possible to correct your child without just saying "no" over and over again? Yes! Here are 10 ways to say "no" without saying "no" over and over again.

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6 Reasons Your Preschooler Needs Outdoor Play

March 6, 2017

If you've ever tried to get your child to stop playing video games and go outside, you know the struggle. Getting your preschooler to play outside can be really challenging, so is it really worth all the hassle? 

Here are 6 reasons to be encouraged and to keep up the fight for outdoor play.

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8 Ways to Ease Your Child's Preschool Separation Anxiety

March 2, 2017

Preschool brings many emotions: joy, excitement, anticipation, and fear. For three or four years, your preschooler has learned your family's routines. Now they're about to embark on a new journey.

If children typically fear the unknown, parents typically fear that their child will feel abandoned. How can you ease your child's preschool separation anxiety1? How can you ease your own?

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