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.
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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.
Holidays as a great opportunity to build the family culture and connection in our homes, and the “holiday of love” is a perfect time to do that. Here are three of our best ideas for easy and memorable family traditions for Valentines Day!
Unfortunately, trials in life don’t wait for the right season or holiday to pass before coming. Many experience difficult challenges during what is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year.”
Holiday traditions are a wonderful way to create lasting memories in our families. Enjoy a peek into one family’s Christmas tradition and one mother’s observations of her efforts coming full circle.
Great ideas for your best Christmas ever.
Check out these simple and meaningful ideas to help your family really feel the joy of gratitude this month.