How To Talk About Racism With Kids (+ 6 Books Recommendations)

teaching kids about racism

There’s a lot in the news these days about racism and prejudice and diversity. Does talking about diversity and prejudice and racism with your kids make you break out in hives? Let’s talk about that today. (I like talking about things that make us squirm!) Talking about racism and prejudice and diversity is non-negotiable in our world. We can’t pretend these things don’t exist, even in areas where there is little diversity. But the conversations don’t have to be negative. There is hope! 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. We were leaving the doctor’s office when it happened. My very loud 4-year-old saw a man that had darker skin than us and was wearing a turban and he started … Read More

Protect Kids Online With These Two Important Types of Filter

2 ways to protect our kids online

There are 2 very specific things we need to do to protect kids online, and digital filters are only ONE of them. As we pulled into the underground parking garage, our 8-year-old’s voice piped up from the backseat. “When I was on my Chromebook at school I saw a thing that said ‘Are you single?’ and ‘our girls are very attractive.’” We glanced at each other, eyebrows raised, while my husband carefully parked. Would we respond with fear? My heart was certainly pounding wildly. “What did you do about it?” I asked, sounding a lot calmer than I felt. “I told my teacher.” “Did you see anything else?” “No.” A few deep breaths later, we unbuckled and gave him hugs. We assured him that he had done the right thing by telling his teacher, and by telling us. Over the next several days we connected with his teacher and the … Read More

Pray This Biblical Blessing For a New Baby

I often find myself praying blessings over babies when I drop off meals for new moms or welcome them into our church nursery, and I’d love to share this Biblical blessing for a new baby with you. It’s perfect for a baptism/dedication, a birth, or anytime you want to pray God’s word over a baby! (You will probably notice it sounds a lot like Psalm 139. That’s because it’s basically a re-wording of it! That means you don’t need to pull up this blog post when you are ready to pray for a baby, you just need to pull out a Bible!) PS There are 2 versions – I wanted to avoid having you read he/she all the time! MALE BLESSING FOR A NEW BABY: I praise you God that You have searched _________, Lord,    and you know him.You know when _________ sits and when he rises;    you perceive his thoughts from afar, even … Read More

4 Effective Ways To Help Your Anxious Child

4 ways to help your anxious child

Guest post by Amy Fritz In 2013, I sat on the floor of my child’s room and listened to an epic, emotional meltdown. She didn’t have the ability to put words to what she was feeling and I was mystified. It took a few rounds of this scenario playing out for me to understand that what she was dealing with was anxiety.  I wanted to help my anxious child, but I didn’t know where to start. As a Christian, I knew that praying was important. We were praying, but my child was still struggling. I longed for some practical tools. Over the last 4 years, some trial and error, and with the help of a counselor, I’ve learned some things that have been helpful. 1) Pay attention to physical body changes If you’ve had several seasons of anxiety struggles with your kids, you may have noticed patterns. Here’s something I’ve … Read More

3 things we must do to protect our kids online

protect my kids online

A while back, my husband and I attended a movie called “Over 18”, which is a documentary that talks about the harmfulness of the porn industry, particularly to children and youth. We both came away from the film rather discouraged. The porn industry is a big system, designed to create addiction so that it can make more money. Studies show that 90% of boys and 60% of girls have been exposed to internet pornography before 18. Say WHAT? I just want to put masks over my little boys’ eyes forever. The most powerful testimony in the movie was the 13 year old boy who became addicted to pornography at age 8. ← That’s not a typo. Age 8. And it all happened on the computer in the kitchen while being homeschooled by his loving Christian parents. These were not negligent parents. They were normal, loving parents, just like you and … Read More

A Fun And Memorable Way To Encourage Thankfulness In Your Home

Thankfulness Tree

Developing a thankful heart in our kids is a top priority for many families, and one that becomes a bigger priority when autumn (and Thanksgiving) rolls around!   I know that gratitude makes a huge difference in our kids’ mental health but that it’s not always easy for kids.    So I cooked up some easy and fun ways to help my kids express gratitude, particularly around the holiday season.  If you’re looking for a fun way to encourage thankfulness in your family, consider creating a Thankfulness Tree. This is the one we had a few years ago. We added to it afterward but I neglected to take a picture when it was more full of leaves. For one season I hung this tree in our front entryway, and during another Thanksgiving season I hung it in our kitchen. I created the paper tree out of butcher paper and attached … Read More

A Christian Motherhood Manifesto

A Motherhood manifesto for Christian moms…for when you want more for your kids than just to succeed and be good people. “Can I ride home by myself?” he asked, eyes pleading to let him have this freedom. He was 8. We were at the park near our house. There were only 3 smallish roads to cross, but still, my mama-heart beat faster than I would have liked. Images of broken bodies raced through my mind, along with the sound of squealing brakes. I shook my head to dispell the thoughts – my son was not my sister. So I swallowed and nodded. Motherhood is like… I have heard it said that motherhood is like flying a kite. When they are young, you keep them close, but as they grow, you let out the line little by little. If you let it out all at once, giving them too much freedom, they’ll … Read More

The Top 9 Things Every Mom of 3 Boys Needs You To Know

One mom's humorous take on what it is like to raise 3 sons

3 boys can be a lot of work, but there are significant perks to this mom-job! If I had a dollar for every time someone said one of the following things to me when I’m out with my 3 boys, I’d be living on a private island right now: Are you trying for a girl? You must be busy. *look of extreme sympathy* Frankly, I love my 3 boys to bits. They are each about 2 1/2 years apart. The eldest has a surprising wit that alternately leaves me rolling on the floor and rolling my eyes, but also has a big, sensitive heart. My middle guy is the best helper I’ve ever met, and even in early elementary is a real ladies man. The littlest boy is sneaky, but every time I catch him doing something bad, he turns on the most dimpled smile and gets out of trouble. … Read More

lessons from the potty chair: the spirituality of potty training

frog potty training

I was dreading potty training my third son. He’s quite stubborn and he doesn’t talk so I was expecting a horrible weekend*. But as with anything mandatory with kids, I jumped in and did it anyway. Partway through the day I had this sudden realization that it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be, and not because he was miraculously potty trained in 5 minutes. (he wasn’t, just to clarify) I had this little epiphany: God is helping me. He is giving me wisdom and patience (LOTS OF IT) and energy so that I can continue the dreaded P-Day with joy. The revelation surprised me, because I had not thought to pray about potty training. It is easier to remember to call on God when I’m working at church, or leading a Bible study, or praying with my kids. But perhaps I had compartmentalized my … Read More

How to be an introvert parent…without killing your children!

How to be an introvert parent

Have you discovered that you’re an introvert parent? Never fear, there are ways to actually love and enjoy those little people that are constantly underfoot! The basic definition of an introvert is someone who needs to be alone to recharge their internal batteries. Of course, being a parent rarely gives one a chance to be alone. Many hilarious posts have been written about escaping from children in the bathroom, and of course, all parents can identify. But for the introvert parent, the struggle is even more real! So how on earth can one be a good parent when your very temperament demands space, both mentally and physically and family itself demands closeness, both emotionally and physically? The following are some of the things that have worked to bring sanity and joy into our own family…without needing to run away! 1) Expect that I will be stretched as an introvert parent. … Read More