5 Ways to Help Your Preschooler Show Gratitude

November 13, 2017

Thanksgiving is a natural time to express gratitude, but that doesn’t mean expressing gratitude is natural. As we look to this holiday season, how can you help your preschooler be grateful?

Here are five simple activities to turn your preschooler’s heart to gratitude during this Thanksgiving season.

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How Will Preschool Help My Child Spiritually?

August 10, 2017

Ephesians 6:4 is a guiding principle for any parent. It says to "bring [your children] up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." It's right and natural, then, that the spiritual health of your preschooler should strongly influence every decision you make for your child. 

Let's say your child only attends 4 hours of preschool per day for 5 days a week. That's 20 hours a week. Now let's assume that in a year there are 40 weeks of preschool. If you're doing the math yourself, that means that sending your child to preschool for one year means entrusting other people with 800 hours of your preschooler's life in a single year. Talk about influence! 

So will preschool help your child spiritually? If so, how so? 

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3 Books That Help Explain the Bible to Preschoolers

July 6, 2017

They say you don't know something until you can explain it to a child. Have you ever tried to summarize the Bible for a preschooler?

It's some three times longer than Moby Dick, 35% longer than Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and about 24,000 more words than War and Peace. No wonder it's difficult to accurately relate the story of Scripture to your preschooler! 

Christians have taken different approaches over the years to teaching the Bible to children. It's hard to improve upon catechisms as a way to teach doctrine. They also help children engage mentally with the truths of Scripture. They don't however, always help children understand the story line of Scripture.

More often than not as of late, Christians have resorted to just rehearsing individual biblical stories. While this approach does help kids engage with the events of Scripture, it doesn't really portray a full-orbed understanding of the Bible. It also very quickly leads to mere moralism.

So how do you teach the Bible to a preschooler? First, don't despair! You're not alone. Second, pick up one of these great resources. You can continue to rehearse biblical stories and definitely continue to catechize your children. But these resources will help provide a basic framework, a basic story arc to your children so they will be able to position the truths they learn within God's overall plan.1 

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Is It Too Early For Your Preschool To Receive Salvation?

June 5, 2017

As a Christian, I want my children to come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. I've prayed for this before they were born. On the other hand, I don't want to force a fake profession of faith. So when is it too early for a child to be saved? Is it too early for a preschooler to receive salvation?

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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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9 Critical Values to Teach Your Preschooler at Home

February 27, 2017

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!

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How Can I Help My Child Be Kind to Others?

February 6, 2017

Many people have heard of the Golden Rule: “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you”  (Matthew 7:12, NASB).

It’s easy to see why this would be called the “Golden Rule!” We all want to be treated with kindness and respect.  But how do we teach our preschool children to treat people kindly?

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How To Teach the "Glory of God" to Your Four Year-Old

January 2, 2017

Enter any adult Sunday School and ask someone to explain "the glory of God." You'd probably get some blank stares, some careful contemplation, and then finally a few hesitant answers.

God's glory, though, is not some second-level teaching. Seeing God's glory is crucial. If we do not see God's glory, salvation will slowly twist into a self-help news story. This is especially true with children.

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