Kid Talk: Four Ideas for Increased Connection

Speaking with children is a bit of an art. As adults, we spend a lot of time thinking and speaking with our adult vocabulary. Children need simple words, shorter sentences, essential truth and vivid examples. This isn’t too difficult to accomplish, but takes some conscious thought and consistent effort. Just talk. Keep it simple. No... Continue Reading →

Life: Longing for the Way it is Meant to Be

Life is a wonderful gift. From birth to death, every unique individual is on a journey of discovery and a search for meaning and significance. Yet death is a stark reminder that life is all too short…unless…there is an alternate ending. This is the Gospel: Christ came to bring us life. Real life. Forever life.... Continue Reading →

Early Adulthood: Avoiding Loneliness

Early adults (18-40) are craving a life enriched with intimate and committed relationships. Yet many are experiencing perpetual loneliness. More than many realize, loneliness contributes to many illnesses and depressive tendencies. This week make a concerted effort to extend friendship to someone in your community. Authentic friendships will do more to change the world than... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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