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 →

Express: Creative Communication

The other day, I was talking with my kids about the movie Big Hero 6. In it Hiro and Baymax, his mechanical nurse, have the following interaction: [Hiro and Baymax are inside a creepy abandoned warehouse. Baymax sneaks up behind Hiro.] Baymax: Hiro? Hiro: [Screams] You gave me a heart attack! Baymax: [Rubs his hands together] My hands are... Continue Reading →

Herman and Communication!

I'm currently taking a class called Hermeneutics. It has nothing to do with comics or anyone named Herman. It's a Fancy Nancy word for understanding or interpretation. In my case, it's specifically the skill of effectively interpreting Scripture. One of the challenging aspects of hermeneutics is it's complexity along with the striving that is necessary... Continue Reading →

Behaviour Modification or Biblical Correction?

I've been thinking about my use of consequences as I parent and lead children. Consequences are a powerful motivator for making right choices and avoiding the wrong. So they are needed for guiding children. However, there is a word of caution for relying solely on consequences. Relying on them is merely behaviour modification. This is... Continue Reading →

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