For the Christian, Easter is the most important holiday that exists. Arguably, it is even more important than Christmas. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, but at Easter we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.
The Easter season brings in a whole host of fun family activities. The Charlotte area boasts dozens of just such events.
In a 1929 interview with The Saturday Evening Post, Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
According to several scientific studies, imagination is a crucial ingredient in proper child development. How can you foster imagination in your child? How can you help develop the imagination of your preschooler?
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Choosing the right preschool is very important, but the teaching you provide in your home is far more important. Even though your child is young, she is learning at an incredible rate. Think of the last time (I bet it wasn’t long ago) that you were shocked by what she learned!
Preschool years are critical years for laying a foundation for the rest of their lives. You have an incredible opportunity to build and shape this young life for success in the work place, for healthy relationships, for the development of personal integrity, and a satisfying future.
Don’t undervalue your critical role. Don’t miss the opportunity to make a difference!