How to help kids deal with anxiety, through faith

How to help kids deal with anxiety through faith

  Do you have any kids that deal with anxiety? I do. It’s hard to watch your child struggle. Let’s talk about how to help our kids deal with anxiety through faith, and direct them toward peace. One of my boys has struggled with anxiety for several years. It’s hard for him to work in groups, it’s hard for him to go to school, and it’s especially hard for him to try new things. Since he was born, I have been praying a blessing over him each night. When he started struggling with anxiety, I changed the blessing from a rather generic one to one about coming to God with all his anxieties. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your … Read More

How to teach kids about their identity in Christ

Teach kids about their identity

Hi there! My name is Christie. Funny story there – my parents named me Christina, but the only time I heard the full name was when my mom was mad at me. Christie was on half my legal documents and Christina on the other half, which caused quite a snarl when I went to apply for a passport! My parents gave me that name at birth, but that’s not the name God calls me. Did you know that God has a unique name for you, one that reflects the specific way he made you? When I was in grade 3, I sat in a group of 3 desks. I was taking charge of a group project and one of the other kids was annoyed. He called me bossy. And you know what? At that moment, I stopped being bossy. I clammed right up and slowly became a different person. Quiet. … Read More

8 ways to experience Advent (and Christmas) through play

Did you know that children learn incredible amounts through play? It may look to adults that they are “just” playing, but the amount of learning that occurs in the brain when a child is freely enjoying themselves is astounding. (Google “learn through play” to read a ton of info about this!) For example, playing with various sized buckets at a sand and water table is giving a preschool an early understanding of volume. Scribbling helps them learn fine motor skills, and simple puzzles help them identify shapes (which is crucial for understanding letters). I am a huge proponent of letting kids play what they want (within safe limits!) when they want, because it also helps them learn self-discipline, engages their imaginations, and helps with their social skills. When it comes to childhood, free play is essential. But that doesn’t mean you can spark their imaginations with a few strategically placed items! … Read More

Bible memory for the chronically forgetful

Bible memory for the chronically forgetful

Bible memory stinks. Well, it doesn’t stink. Rather, I stink at Bible memory. It frustrates me because I have so many great ideas of verses I want to memorize, but when it comes right down to it, I…forget to get right down to it.  Sometimes I joke that I’d forget my own head if it wasn’t screwed on tight…I say it’s a joke, but deep down I know it’s the truth. I forget to memorize Scripture, but when I do get something in my head, it’s not long before I also forget what I memorized. My long-term memory seems have to have a leak. (Fun fact: I can watch a movie several times and still not remember what happened in the movie. Sometimes I don’t remember even watching it. Ask my husband about how much he loves that…) I stink at getting the Bible into my head, but I love … Read More

Build your child’s faith through imagination

Use imaginations for Good

  Don’t you just love watching children play? Every one of my boys uses their imagination differently. My eldest loves to make up stories and games, my middle boy loves to pretend to kill bad guys (Why is it that EVERYTHING can become a gun??) And my youngest likes to make rescues with his stuffed Paw Patrol characters. Want to watch instead of read? Here’s the video version of this post: We use our imaginations a lot in our bedtime devotions. Recently we acted out the story of baby Moses being rescued by the princess, and my 3 year old INSISTED that I be the baby, and he be the mommy. It was … awkward… but hilarious, I tell ya. Imagination is such a beautiful thing, but I think as moms we don’t often remember to engage it when we’re doing devotions. Can I give you some homework this week? … Read More

The easiest parenting habit with the biggest eternal impact

The one habit

He screamed and clutched me as if monsters were trying to drag him into the pit of hell. Maybe that’s how he felt. The first day of kindergarten can be rather rough on a child, but I wasn’t expecting the teachers to have to PEEL my son off me. I walked into the parent meeting, late, brushing tears off my cheeks. This parenting gig is hard on the soul. I find it extra hard to help my eldest with his emotional struggles. He’s a sensitive and creative fellow with an anxious streak a mile long. I had always hoped that his separation anxiety was more of a trick to induce mommy-guilt than a real, true-blue anxiety, but it turns out I was wrong. The anxiety was real, and it bled into his entire kindergarten year. Dropping him off at school was a nightmare, and he cried every.single.morning. His teacher reported … Read More

How to teach kids about God’s love

Teach kids about God's love

One of my boys often wails that we don’t love him, or we don’t understand him. He’s really hard on himself, and I have no doubt that he will, at times, doubt God’s love for him too. He always says, “I’m bad, I’m bad,” when he makes a mistake. How do I, as a Christian mama, work through this? Want to watch instead of read? Here’s the video version of this post: One thing I am teaching him to say to himself is this: “I am GOOD…because of Jesus.” I believe strongly in the concept of original sin, that we as humans will simply always struggle to make good choices. But the incredibly beautiful thing is that we have a God who stretches down and meets us in our struggles, who has forgiven us and given us the Holy Spirit to help us. Say it with me, so you don’t forget … Read More

How to teach kids about God’s plan for them

God's purpose for your child

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer. I wasn’t half bad, but after 9th grade, I simply stopped writing stories. There just wasn’t time in my busy high school schedule for story-writing, and science became my love. But following my biology degree from the university, I found myself at a church, teaching children about God’s love. (SOME USEFUL BIOLOGY DEGREE, RIGHT?) Want to watch instead of read? Here’s the video version of this post:   Even there, I didn’t feel the urge to write. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I started to write again, and it is like my life has been re-purposed. My 8 year old son now loves to write, and has cranked out so many stories and poems that we have a bookshelf stuffed with papers. I really want to encourage him in his gifting, but I know that often … Read More

Quick ideas for praying with squirmy kids

praying with squirmy kids

My husband and I have 3 boys. Sometimes our house is a little bit crazy. I know, right? You would never have guessed. 😜 When it comes to prayer time, we have STRUGGLED to get them to sit still for just 5 seconds, never mind to pour out their hearts to God. Prayer time has a tendency to look more like insanity than pious praying. We have had to get REAL creative when it comes to praying! Want to watch instead of read? Here’s the video version of this post!   BUT – Did you know that the Bible doesn’t say we have to pray sitting still, with our hands folded and our eyes closed? One of my favourite ways to pray is to do it while standing up, laying down, or even pretending to be animals. We also like to use a talking stick. The purpose behind the talking … Read More

An easy way to connect with your child’s soul

Devotional secrets

Do you struggle to make it a priority to do devotions or share your faith with your kids? Honestly, me too. I’ve never been terribly good with routines. The best way I’ve found to engage my children’s souls is to make it natural. By intentionally placing amazing children’s books on our kitchen table or in their bedrooms, it becomes easy to simply pick it up and read. Then the conversations follow, and voila! Spiritual connection is happening in our home. Seriously, this is probably the shortest blog post you’ve ever read, right? But that’s because connecting with your child’s heart doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, with a few strategic changes, you can be connecting on a spiritual level within moments. That’s what my new YouTube channel is all about – simple ideas and book recommendations to help you do this spiritual parenting thing in an authentic way. Want … Read More