God Talk: Awakening Curiosity

Dive into any topic far enough and you’ll get overwhelming feelings. Dive into technical discussions about God and your head will spin! Let’s keep this simple. GOD IS GOD and we are not. When talking about God in your family or with the family of God, don’t turn it into a competition of who knows... Continue Reading →

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 →

6 Ways to Foster Early Language Development

The following is from Development Through the Lifespan, by Laura E. Berk.Respond to coos and babbles with speech sounds and words.Establish joint attention and comment on what child sees.Play social games, such as pat-a-cake and peekaboo.Engage toddlers in joint make-believe play.Engage toddlers in frequent conversations.Read to toddlers often, engaging them in dialogue about picture books.Put... 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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