Middle Childhood: Developing Skills

When adults praise a kid’s…efforts, kids broaden competence. -Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. -Paul (Philippians 1:9) Elementary aged children want to master skills. They can be easily crushed with too much harsh criticism, but... Continue Reading →

Young Children: Learning Wisdom

Younger kids are learning how they fit into the world. -Jeff Land Do to others what you would want them to do to you. -Luke 6:31 Children at this age are exploring everything! They see, touch, run and jump. They test boundaries and make connections. They discover their unique place. Show them how to treat... Continue Reading →

Develop: Leveraging Transformational Moments

Development as a dynamic system [is] a perpetually ongoing process, extending from conception to death, that is molded by a complex network of biological, psychological, and social influences. -Laura E. Berk Jesus became wiser and stronger. He also became more and more pleasing to God and to people. -Luke 2:52 Developmental science touches on many... Continue Reading →

Touch: Using Physical Affection for Greater Bonds

…touch is as important to infants and children as eating and sleeping. -Tiffany Field, Touch Research Institute Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. -Matthew 8:3 When Jesus healed, he often also touched. He gathered children around him and placed his hands on them. He washed his disciples feet. At the most fundamental... Continue Reading →

Questions: Stimulating Wonder

Wisdom begins in wonder. -Socrates What do you think about this? -Jesus (Matthew 21:28)   A good, well-timed, thoughtful question can turn drab into fab! Here are some qualities of a great, relationship-building question. Open-ended not closed allows for more than one word answers. After asking, allow silence to process. Follow it up with, “Tell... Continue Reading →

Start: Sometimes You Just Need to Move

I tend to over-plan. Planning is important because running around recklessly is madness. But over-planning or over-thinking can lead to stagnation; it questions, but doesn't move. It can lead to waiting for perfect conditions and parameters and problem-solutions that will never fully form. So today's post is for those of you who feel stuck. I... Continue Reading →

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