I am not exaggerating when I say that we cannot do without this designated Family Time now. It is sacred and precious, and requires nothing but showing up. I had no idea anything about parenting could be this easy.
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I wanted to relieve the holiday pressure while also creating meaningful memories for our kids. I’d heard of people doing experiences for Christmas but worried that our children would feel let down with fewer presents to open. We decided to try nonetheless and called them Family Fun Days.
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Now that it’s cooler, the idea of snuggling up and watching a movie sounds like a great way to spend an evening. But finding good, family-friendly Halloween movies can be a real challenge. Thankfully, our friend Jennifer Brimhall over at Raise the Good has made a list for us.
My son started repeating specific lines from the books we had read about why it was so good to be a big brother. The repetition of reading the books had taught him how to navigate this situation. I realized then the power of a book to teach.
I remember my childhood summers were often a combination of lots of TV watching and swimming. Sound familiar? I want something more for my family. My solution: a few activities throughout the summer that stimulate their brains in fun, engaging ways. The first activity last summer was a family-wide read-a-thon.
Yesterday I was talking to the mother of three young children about how her summer was going. Listening to her description of their fun, lazy adventures made me wistful for the days when all my children were “little” and the only thing I had to think about was how to keep them happy all day. […]
Perhaps you’ve seen it elsewhere, but if not, here’s Rachel Stafford’s amazing essay on keeping our priorities straight during the summer…
Although my children may have left traditional “reading, writing and arithmetic” behind them at the school door, there are plenty of ways to have fun and still engage their brains during the summer.
Initially, my children met my idea with skepticism. My daughter said, “Uh, honestly Mom? I don’t think I have an hour a week for you.” Good thing she laughed after she said it. But she was right—we were having a hard time finding an hour to even have a conversation.
A few years ago, I got the idea to put together an Easter Seder so our family and friends could gather and tell the story of the last week of Jesus’ ministry through scripture verses and symbolic foods. With the Seder as the centerpiece of our Easter Sunday, our holiday is not just about colored eggs and chocolate, but about remembering Jesus together as a family.