From Floundering to Flourishing: One Practical Tip for Teaching Children About Jesus

Dad reads Bible with daughter

How can you focus on teaching children about Jesus without feeling guilty about having a normal, busy family life? Read on or listen in for ONE game-changing tip! One of my boys requires a lot of time to transition from activity to activity. When he was a toddler, he would scream if we didn’t give enough time to transition. He needed us to complete the full countdown routine each time we wanted to leave the park or his grandparent’s house, or even to come down for dinner! As an older elementary child, he still thrives on routine. If we deviate from a plan even a bit, he gets frustrated.  Teaching children about Jesus through routines Children thrive on routine, right? I believe every child begins with the heart of a Traditionalist because young children do best when their lives are run by routines. That may not continue to need routines … Read More

Sacred Pathways for Kids: Connecting Children and God

Sacred pathways for kids, intro story and article

What are Sacred Pathways for kids, and why are they important for Christian families? Read on for a parable and explanation. Once there was a daddy with nine children. Yes, nine. Each Saturday, Daddy chose one child for a special date night. Over the years, each child got to spend many date nights with their daddy, getting to know him.  One Friday evening, a fight broke out in the home. The topic? Daddy’s favorite thing to do. Eli said that Daddy’s favorite thing to do was to go for a walk around the park, feed the ducks, and eat chocolate ice cream, exactly in that order. Claire said that Daddy’s favorite thing to do was go for a hike in the forest or on the beach.  Nathan said that Daddy’s favorite thing to do was play at the beach, building sand castles, covering himself with mud, and washing off in … Read More

7 Gospel-Focused Christian Easter books

Christian Easter books for your family

INSIDE: Christian Easter books that share the Gospel message in addition to telling the actual story of the first Easter. Have you ever gotten a little stuck when trying to share the Easter story with kids? You might get stuck on the Christian lingo we use, like “Jesus’ blood washes away our sins” which sounds a little gory to kids (and anyone not familiar with the phrase)! Or you might get stuck on the actual death part. It’s hard to talk about death with young children, because their abstract minds can’t fathom the permanence of death or the separation of soul and body. In addition, there is a lot of mean, awful, and downright confusing characters in the Easter story. (Like the part where the devil entered Judas… say what?) Compared to the cute cuddliness of a baby in a manger, Easter is a tough celebration to explain to our … Read More

How To Help Kids With Anxiety

how to help your anxious child

How to help kids with anxiety, from a Christian faith perspective. When your child encounters things that make her afraid, what can you tell her? You could tell her that “everything’s going to be all right”, but is that exactly the truth? I know from personal experience that sometimes horrible things happen, and our kids need more than platitudes to hold onto when life gets rough.  Watch the video or read the transcript below to find out what to say (and what not to say)! If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe on Youtube or Like my Facebook page so you’ll get notifications when new videos are up! Each one contains short, sweet, hope-filled ideas for spiritually parenting our kids. My son and I were in a store when the storm clouds rolled in. The woman at the checkout said, “I heard there’s a tornado warning.” My son’s … Read More

10 Must-Have Gospel-Centered Christmas Picture Books

You walk into a bookstore anytime in November or December and are inundated by the smell of eggnog-flavored coffee and stacks of Christmas books. Most of them are some variation of Santa, elves, reindeer, gift-giving, and good feelings. But where are all the gospel-centered Christmas picture book? Where are the books that tell the story of Christmas in a way that stirs our imaginations and souls? What is a Gospel-centered Christmas book? I’m not talking about the books that just re-iterate the Christmas story in essentially the same way. Those are nearly a dime a dozen. I have several of those in my house, and the kids never want to read them, because they already know the facts. Instead, I look for the ones that tell the story a little more expansively – books that share the meaning of Christmas, not just the details of Christmas. It just so happens, … Read More

One easy way to connect your children with God

INSIDE: A video on how to connect God and children in a natural way! A deep stillness rested on the house, a heavy blanket over me and my gently snoring husband. But still I peered into the darkness like someone had propped my eyes open with toothpicks. What if I wasn’t doing enough to help my boys know God’s extravagant love for them? I prayed myself to sleep that night, begging God for a deeper understanding of what it meant to share His love with my kids. It turns out that there’s a simple way to introduce God into the lives of my kids without it being a daily weight on my shoulders… Watch the video or read the transcript below to find out what it is! One easy way to connect God and children I keep my eyes peeled for something I like to call the “45 second moment”. These unexpected … Read More

Can an old curtain change the way you see God?

how an old curtain changes the way we see God

I once had a friend try to convince me that Christians didn’t need to read the Old Testament. Really, I thought? We should just rip out 3/4s of the Bible?  But the Old Testament can be confusing. Right?! There’s a lot of people and a lot of seemingly random events. Lots of killing, lots of bad kings, and lots of stuff most of us find boring or irrelevant or disturbing. So is there any reason to read the Old Testament, and to share it with our kids? Watch the video or read the transcript below to find out! If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe on Youtube or Like my Facebook page so you’ll get notifications when new videos are up! Each one contains short, sweet, hope-filled ideas for spiritually parenting our kids. The Old Testament has a lot to teach us and our kids, and it’s sometimes … Read More

4 great books to teach your kids about the amazing women of the Bible

reading about the women of the Bible

We grew up hearing the stories of Abraham, David, Daniel, Peter, and Paul. But how often did we hear the stories of Ruth, Deborah, Priscilla, or Miriam?  I think it’s time we start looking at the women in the Bible, and acknowledging that they are crucial to the story of God.  If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe on Youtube or Like my Facebook page so you’ll get notifications when new videos are up! Each one contains short, sweet, hope-filled ideas for spiritually parenting our kids.     TRANSCRIPT: Did you grow up hearing stories about heroes of the faith? Even if you didn’t grow up in the church, I bet you have a vague idea of who Noah is…you know, the guy who built the big boat.  I bet you’ve heard the story of David and Goliath. And I’m sure you’ve heard of these guys: Matthew, Mark, … Read More

How to talk about racism with kids

There’s a lot in the news these days about racism and prejudice and diversity. Does talking about diversity and prejudice and racism with your kids make you break out in hives? Let’s talk about that today. (I like talking about things that make us squirm!) Talking about racism and prejudice and diversity is non-negotiable in our world. We can’t pretend these things don’t exist, even in areas where there is little diversity. But the conversations don’t have to be negative. There is hope! If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe on Youtube or Like my Facebook page so you’ll get notifications when new videos are up! Each one contains short, sweet, hope-filled ideas for spiritually parenting our kids. You can find this book, “God’s Very Good Idea” by Trillia Newbell on Amazon. (that’s a referral link, which means I get a small commission if you purchase through it. Thanks … Read More

Connect with your child spiritually through coloring

Sometimes as a mom you just need some peace and quiet, am I right? But it’s those times when your kids seem to need you the most. What if I told you that you could have some quiet time WITH your kids, and even have a short spiritual conversation at the same time? It’s possible. I’ve done it! When was the last time you created art with your kids? I really enjoy painting with my boys, although I have to admit that I cringe when they pull out the glitter! Colouring together can draw us closer to God! Adult colouring is ALL the craze these days. I’d be surprised if you haven’t coloured in at least one adult colouring book! I did a quick internet search this week to learn WHY we are so attracted to colouring. Watch the video to find out what I found, or read the transcript … Read More