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๐Ÿ“ฑ My Child Was Addicted to a Smartphone

๐Ÿ“ฑ My Child Was Addicted to a Smartphone

The patterns I saw in my childโ€™s behavior opened my eyes to the damage my phone had done.
I bought my first smartphone about a year into my journey as a widow. At the time, it felt like a lifesaver.
I was a stay-at-home, single mom of two toddlers. My son, Ben, was 3 years old, and my daughter, Katherine, was around a year old. I had very little time away from my kids, and my social life consisted mainly of church activities. …

๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ“ฑ How to Help Your Kids Wisely Use Technology

๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ“ฑ How to Help Your Kids Wisely Use Technology

No matter how tech savvy you are as a parent, your kids will always know more. Here are some ideas on how to engage with them.
โ€œCheck out my six pack,โ€ my daughter said with a grin. I looked over at her slouched on the couch as she held up her thumbs. She went on, โ€œIโ€™ve been texting so much, Iโ€™ve developed three bulging muscles in each thumb.โ€ I rolled my eyes, making light of her comment, but on the inside I also realized she had turned a corner with technology. …

๐Ÿ’ก Are You a “Mean Mom”?

๐Ÿ’ก Are You a “Mean Mom”?

The definition of the word mean is to be unkind or malicious. But a good mean mom defines the word quite a bit differently
Call me crazy, but moms are becoming nicer. There used to be a time when kids could spend hours regaling one another with mean mom stories. I know it used to be a favorite pastime of mine.
โ€œMy mom is the meanest. Listen to this โ€ฆโ€ I brushed aside my big โ€˜80s feathered hair for emphasis. …

๐Ÿ’ก What to Do When Your Kids Are Irresponsible

๐Ÿ’ก What to Do When Your Kids Are Irresponsible

โ€œI have two children,โ€ an exhausted mom told me. โ€œOne treats me like Iโ€™m on earth to serve her. The other is so lazy I can hardly stand him.
Iโ€™m sick of the irresponsible behavior, and when I try to confront it, I get nothing but yelling and slamming doors. I really need some help.โ€
What this mom needed was a solo vacation to Maui…and a game plan that trumped her kidsโ€™ behavior. But as I helped her understand why her kids did what they did โ€” or didnโ€™t do โ€” and how to form an easy game plan of her own, …

๐Ÿ’ก 7 Ideas for Spending Time With Your Kids This Summer

๐Ÿ’ก 7 Ideas for Spending Time With Your Kids This Summer

The school year is filled with other obligations, but the summer belongs to us
Temperatures are starting to rise here in the southern U.S. My flip-flops have been unpacked after a long, wet winter, and I canโ€™t help but start dreaming about backyard get-togethers, beach vacations with friends, more relaxed bedtime routines, and no homework for the kids (which also means I donโ€™t have to remember how to divide fractionsโ€”donโ€™t judge).
Thereโ€™s just an air of relaxation that settles over everything once the kids are out of school. …

๐Ÿ“ฑ Dealing With Technology and Social Media as Parents

๐Ÿ“ฑ Dealing With Technology and Social Media as Parents

Many parents today feel overwhelmed by the pace at which technology is changing the American home.
As the world grows more complex with each new generation, itโ€™s no surprise that parents today feel parenting is more difficult than ever. Nearly eight of 10 parents in aย recent Barna surveyย felt itโ€™s harder for them to raise children than it was for their parents to raise them.
And when asked why, parents didnโ€™t say it was because the world is more dangerous or more immoral. …

๐Ÿ’ก Peaceful Co-Parenting After Divorce

๐Ÿ’ก Peaceful Co-Parenting After Divorce

Divorced parents should constantly evaluate themselves and ask if their behavior is helping or hurting their children.
My wife is an elementary school assistant principal. Her job requires that she be aware of the family circumstances for the children in her care. She works with a lot of children who come from divorce situations. It boils her blood when parents implicitly ask their children to โ€œchooseโ€ between homes and, therefore, put children in a no-win tug-of-war. Parents living in separate homes make their children pawns in their battles when they:

badmouth the other parent or household; …

๐Ÿ’ก Are You Blessing Your Children?

๐Ÿ’ก Are You Blessing Your Children?

A parent can influence children to become who God created them to beโ€”not by manipulation or force but by watering the seeds God has planted.
One of the great joys of parenting is the opportunity toย knowย andย loveย another person from the moment of their birth. To watch them discover the world with wonder. To see them grow physically and relationally. Day after day. Season after season. Firsthand and front row.
Enjoying the journey of seeing them … …

๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ โš“ When Parents Pray, God Listens!

๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ โš“ When Parents Pray, God Listens!

Every terrorist was once a child. So was every missionary. The difference between them is often the influence of a parent. Samuel the prophet led the nation of Israel for 40 years and guided it through a crucial time of transition, but who was the dominant influence in his life? His mother!
She said:
‘Therefore also I have lent him to theย Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to theย Lord…’ …

โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ’” 4 Ways to Love Your Teens and Help Them Like You Back (Maybe)

โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ’” 4 Ways to Love Your Teens and Help Them Like You Back (Maybe)

An eye roll (or 20). A smashed bumper. Indifference and disrespect. Eating the last of your favorite ice cream, for crying out loud! For some parents, the teenage years test the bonds of unconditional love like no other parenting season. We can’t force our children to behave respectfully, love us wholeheartedly or โ€” let’s be honest โ€” even like to be around us.
But here’s the good news: After working with teens and their families for more than a decade, …

๐Ÿ’ก Don’t Let Your Kids Get Away With Lying

๐Ÿ’ก Don’t Let Your Kids Get Away With Lying

Lying, no matter how small, is a big deal. If our children are going to develop the discipline to always embrace the truth, it will be with our help.
There have always been two schools of thought about the relationship between children and wrongdoing:

The “blank slate” argument holds that children are amoral at birth and are wholly shaped by their environment and by significant people in their lives
The “inherent sin” argument holds that children are born sinful and don’t need any corrupting influences to do wrong, …

๐Ÿซ โ™€๏ธ โ™‚๏ธ Delaware Considers Letting Students Choose Their Race, Gender Without Parental Consent

๐Ÿซ โ™€๏ธ โ™‚๏ธ Delaware Considers Letting Students Choose Their Race, Gender Without Parental Consent

A proposal that would let students in Delaware as young as 5 choose their own race and gender-identity โ€“ without approval from their parents โ€“ has sparked a bitter battle in the First State.
On one side are parents who say they want a more welcoming climate for their transgender or non-binary children. On the other side are parents who say the proposal infringes on their basic parental rights.
Under Regulation 225, schools would be required to provide access to facilities and activities that are consistent with a student’s gender identityโ€”regardless of the child’s sex at birth. …

๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ’ก How to Deal With Bullying

๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ’ก How to Deal With Bullying

Unfortunately, bullying is a common problem for children. Research suggests that up to half of our kids have experienced bullying at some point and at least 10% experience it on a regular basis.
But parents shouldnโ€™t accept bullying as a normal part of childhood. It can affect a childโ€™s social and emotional development as well as school performance.ย What exactly is bullying? Bullying is any behavior that is intentionally tormenting to another child. Most definitions describe it as chronic or persistent. …

๐Ÿ’ก Understanding Your Child’s Unique Personality

๐Ÿ’ก Understanding Your Child’s Unique Personality

“Do I see two?” my husband, Mike, asked. “Two heads?”
As my eyes adjusted to the murky image on the dim sonogram screen, Kelly, our ultrasound technician, laughed. “It’s twins!”
Are they joking?ย I wondered. I’d long ago earned my mama-to-many badge. Surely, I’d have known if I had twins on board.
But there they were on the screen, two babies nestled together. Baby A, Merci, slumbered peacefully near the bottom, while Baby B, Jake, was stacked on top, …

๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ Dear Jesus, This world sure seems dark…

๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ Dear Jesus, This world sure seems dark…

Dear Jesus,
Itโ€™s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.
These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.
The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?
Your world seems a bit darker. But you were born in the dark, …

๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿ‘— ๐Ÿ‘” Tim Tebow Hosts ‘Night to Shine’ Prom for Special Needs Kids [Watch]

๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿ‘— ๐Ÿ‘” Tim Tebow Hosts ‘Night to Shine’ Prom for Special Needs Kids [Watch]

Thousands of people around the world are coming together for one purpose: to honor young adults with special needs and disabilities.
The event is called “Night to Shine” and it was created by theย Tim Tebow Foundationย to share the love of God in a practical way.
“Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 9, 2018, more than 540 churches from around the world will come together to host Night to Shine for approximately 90,000 honored guests through the support of 175,000 volunteers!” …

๐ŸŽ Teaching Kids the Difference Between Discernment and Being Judgmental

๐ŸŽ Teaching Kids the Difference Between Discernment and Being Judgmental

We need to help our kids carefully discern good from evil without developing hearts that condemn others.
Let’s say you and your child are at a play date, and another child offers a colorful presentation of precisely howย notย to behave. The parent is busy in conversation. Do you:
A. Make sure, in the car on the way home, that your child knows how appalling you find this behavior, and how proud you are that your child would never do something like that. …

๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿผ How to Ruin Your Kid for Life

๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿผ How to Ruin Your Kid for Life

Ten ways to ensure that your child will not succeed.
By Tricia Goyer
Editor’s note:ย Be sure to check out Tricia Goyer’s tongue-in-cheek follow-up article, “How to Ruin Your TEENSย for Life“
1. Give your kid everything he wants. Donโ€™t deny what will truly make him happy. Overvalue money and things in his eyes.
2. Dress your child in designer clothes, no matter the cost. Show her that her outward appearance matters most of all.
3. Place your childโ€™s needs over those of your spouse.ย  …

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