Category: Encouragement for Parents

Family Traditions

Family traditions root our children in their pasts and strengthen them to grow and branch out into their futures. Most of us think about holiday events or practices when asked about family traditions. But they don’t need to be limited to special days. A…

Blessings, Gratitude and Prayer

There are several reasons I wrote my Bountiful Blessings series of picture books (God’s Blessings of Fall will be available this week!). One of those is the importance of prayer in young children’s lives. Prayer is usually a natural consequence of gratitude. Seeing God…

Parenting-Developing Roots

Developing roots is essential to the growth of trees. Just as it is with the growth of our children. About five years ago I bought a fig tree cutting at a yard sale. It’s now about seven feet tall and dotted with newborn figs….

Ready for Kindergarten?

Here’s an amazing and inciteful article in the Washington Post. Every parent of a preschooler or kindergartener needs to read this, please! And share! https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/05/08/kindergarten-teacher-why-our-youngest-learners-are-doomed-right-out-gate-road-map-fix-it/?utm_term=.a62df1c50c3f    

SIGN LANGUAGE FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS

We all know that babies are not able to talk. But we often forget that talking is the human way of expressing our needs and wants. So, before a baby or toddler develops that ability to express their needs, desires and reactions in words…

Mommie Martyrs

Are moms really martyrs? Sometimes we might feel like it. One of the things I remember about my childhood is that Mama cooked southern fried chicken frequently. She bought the hen, cut it up, soaked it in buttermilk, floured it, fried it and stacked…

Moms Like Mary

Mary, the mother of Jesus, is probably the most famous woman in the Bible. God certainly called her to a unique ministry. He gave her a unique gift—His own Son to mother. We know very little about the years she was raising Jesus. So,…

A Parent’s Touch

The following is a thoughtful quote from A Woman’s Touch: The Fingerprints You Leave Behind by Amy Nappa. (Howard Publishing 2001). Though this book is addressed to women, Nappa’s advice below is equally applicable to moms, dads and grandparents. Because of the vast amount…

5 Love Languages – Single Parenting

This post by Jean Matthew Hall is part of a ten-part series for parents on the Five Love Languages of Children. It is based primarily on the book The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell, M.D. (Northfield Publishing, 1997)…

5 Love Languages – Acts of Service

This post by Jean Matthew Hall is part of a ten-part series for parents on the Five Love Languages of Children. It is based primarily on the book The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell, M.D. (Northfield Publishing, 1997)…

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