One Unexpected Way to Help Your Child Be Thankful at Christmas

help your child be thankful at Christmas

I have repeatedly told my kids that Christmas is not about getting gifts, but until we stop giving them ANY gifts, they’re not really going to believe that, are they? In fact, it seems that I can’t go anywhere in December without strangers asking my children, “What do you want for Christmas?” Is there any way to combat the coveting and ingratitude that always crops up at Christmas? If you enjoyed this video, make sure you hit “Subscribe”  on YouTube or Like my Facebook page so you always know when a new episode comes out! Is it just me, or is it practically impossible for kids NOT to obsess over gifts at Christmastime? Feelings of gratefulness are expected to come after the swath of gifts has been unwrapped, after the impossibly large meal, after we have been given more than we ever needed. Teaching kids to be thankful at Christmas … Read More

Help your child put the “Christ” in Christmas!

put the Christ in Christmas

Every year I have the best of intentions. I plan to do an Advent reading and activity each day but then we get 3 days behind on the 4th day and it feels like we’re running on fumes. Sometimes Christmas zips and the only time I’ve talked about Jesus is when I quickly read a Bible story on Christmas Day! It’s a little discouraging. But I’ve discovered one simple way to help keep Christ in Christmas in an organic, kid-friend (and schedule-friendly) way! Watch the video or read the transcript below to find out what it is! I tried so hard when my kids were little to make their Christmas strictly about Jesus. But alas, the trappings of a North American Christmas are not shed so easily! We have now settled into a comfortable middle place of setting up a Christmas tree and singing about Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, while … Read More

How to help kids deal with anxiety, through faith and prayer

How to help kids deal with anxiety through faith

Do you have any kids that deal with anxiety? I do. It’s hard to watch your child struggle. Let’s talk about how to help our kids deal with anxiety through faith, and direct them toward peace. One of my boys has struggled with anxiety for several years. It’s hard for him to work in groups, it’s hard for him to go to school, and it’s especially hard for him to try new things. If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe! Each one contains short, sweet, hope-filled ideas for spiritually parenting our kids. Make sure you hit “Subscribe” on YouTube or Like my Facebook page so you always know when a new episode comes out. Since he was born, I have been praying a blessing over him each night. When he started struggling with anxiety, I changed the blessing from a rather generic one to one about coming to God … Read More

A Simple Challenge That Will Help Your Child Know Her Identity in Christ

Helping our kids know their identity in Christ is a crucial part of our jobs as Christian parents! Read on to learn a 30-second habit that will help you do this. My parents named me Christina, but the only time I heard the full name was when my mom was mad at me. Christie was on half my legal documents and Christina on the other half, which caused quite a snarl when I went to apply for a passport. My parents gave me that name at birth, but that’s not the name God calls me. Did you know that God has a unique name for you, one that reflects the specific way he made you? When I was in grade 3, I sat in a group of 3 desks. I was taking charge of a group project and one of the other kids was annoyed. He called me bossy. And … Read More

Build your child’s faith through imagination

Use imaginations for Good

Don’t you just love watching children play? Every one of my boys uses their imagination differently. My eldest loves to make up stories and games, my middle boy loves to pretend to kill bad guys (Why is it that EVERYTHING can become a gun??) And my youngest likes to make rescues with his stuffed Paw Patrol characters. We use our imaginations a lot in our bedtime devotions. 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.   Recently we acted out the story of baby Moses being rescued by the princess, and my 3 year old INSISTED that I be the baby, and he be the mommy. It was … awkward… but hilarious, I tell ya. Imagination is such a beautiful thing, … Read More

How to Teach Christian Kids About God’s Love

Teach kids about God's love

One of my boys often wails that we don’t love him, or we don’t understand him. He’s really hard on himself, and I have no doubt that he will, at times, doubt God’s love for him too. He always says, “I’m bad, I’m bad,” when he makes a mistake. How do I, as a Christian mama, work through this? 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.   One thing I am teaching him to say to himself is this: “I am GOOD…because of Jesus.” I believe strongly in the concept of original sin, that we as humans will simply always struggle to make good choices. But the incredibly beautiful thing is that we have a God who stretches down and … Read More

How to teach kids about God’s plan for them

God's purpose for your child

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer. I wasn’t half bad, but after 9th grade, I simply stopped writing stories. There just wasn’t time in my busy high school schedule for story-writing, and science became my love. But following my biology degree from the university, I found myself at a church, teaching children about God’s love. Even there, I didn’t feel the urge to write. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I started to write again, and it is like my life has been re-purposed. My 8 year old son now loves to write, and has cranked out so many stories and poems that we have a bookshelf stuffed with papers. I really want to encourage him in his gifting, but I know that often LIFE just gets in the way. If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe on Youtube or Like … Read More

Quick ideas for praying with squirmy kids

praying with squirmy kids

My husband and I have 3 boys. Sometimes our house is a little bit crazy. I know, right? You would never have guessed. 😜 When it comes to prayer time, we have STRUGGLED to get them to sit still for just 5 seconds, never mind to pour out their hearts to God. Prayer time has a tendency to look more like insanity than pious praying. We have had to get REAL creative when it comes to praying! 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. Did you know that the Bible doesn’t say we have to pray sitting still, with our hands folded and our eyes closed? My favorite prayer hacks One of my favorite ways to pray is to do it while standing up, … Read More

An easy way to help your child connect with Jesus

Devotional secrets

Do you struggle to make it a priority to do devotions or share your faith with your kids? Honestly, me too. I’ve never been terribly good with routines. (But I’m learning!) The best way I’ve found to engage my children’s souls is to make it natural. By intentionally placing amazing children’s books on our kitchen table or in their bedrooms, it becomes easy to simply pick it up and read. Then the conversations follow, and voila! Spiritual connection is happening in our home. If you’re not sure what to choose, I have a fantastic, highly curated list for you available here. Seriously, this is probably the shortest blog post you’ve ever read, right? But that’s because connecting with your child’s heart doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, with a few strategic changes, you can be connecting on a spiritual level within moments. That’s what my new YouTube channel, Bedtime … Read More

Why Reading Fiction With Your Child Will Grow Their Faith

INSIDE: Why stories, particularly God stories, are crucial for the spiritual development of children, and 3 free stories. Dav was the type of kid that got in trouble a lot in class, so he spent a lot of time in the hallway. In the hallway, he wrote comic books.  He was later diagnosed with dyslexia, so reading, in general, was hard for him. ​In a recent interview, he talked about having dyslexia and becoming discouraged with reading. His mom, realizing that he was getting discouraged, decided that she would try to encourage him to read anything. Rather than focusing on what he was reading, she got him a library card and let him get anything he wanted.  “There was no judgement whatsoever. And so I read all the time, and I think that’s really what changed me. Fun leads to habits, and habits lead to skill. And before you know it, I … Read More