Show Gratitude by Giving & Serving A 2013 study commissioned by the John Templeton Foundation found that most Americans have a “gratitude gap.” They believe gratitude is important and should be taught to children, but they don’t practice it very often—with one exception. Parents say they express gratitude frequently to their own children. Such modeling…

Grow Your Kids’ Talents and Gifts As children reach different developmental milestones, they also begin to show signs of emerging abilities. God blesses each of us with talents such as in music, sports, and art. The New Testament says God also gives us special abilities known as spiritual gifts, such as serving, encouraging, giving, leading,…

Keep in Touch With God In this digital age, we’re constantly in touch with our family and friends. Likewise, through prayer we have the privilege of 24/7 access to the one true God—the one who created and saves us. Prayer is a powerful way to deepen our relationship with God and grow our faith. Anyone…

Get Ahead of Bullying Behavior Bullying is a top concern for many children and parents. An estimated 160,000 kids miss school each day due to bullying behavior. Although most adults watch for signs of physical bullying, it’s actually the least common form. More often, kids experience verbal bullying, such as jeers, insults, and taunts. Relational…

Free to Grow While meeting kids’ growing need for independence, parents engage in quite a balancing act. Either extreme of offering too few or too many freedoms can backfire—for kids and for entire families. When parents try to control children’s behavior (through bribes, for example), they promote dependence rather than independence. And when parents avoid…

Maximizing Summer Break Trying to fill the summer months with meaningful activities that bring your family members closer to each other and to God can seem intimidating. But summer offers great opportunities to establish practical “together time” and faith-boosting habits. Read More… Parentlink Newsletter June 15

Putting Honor & Respect on Display When it comes to teaching children to honor God and other people, it’s tempting to relegate that task to church and Sunday school. But like most qualities, respect begins at home. As parents, you have the greatest spiritual and emotional influence on your kids. The good news is that…

Freely Forgiven Because forgiveness is an abstract concept, it’s important to model it for kids of all ages. When you mess up, let your kids see you apologize. Be specific about what you’re apologizing for, and ask for forgiveness. When young children do something wrong, offer hugs and say, “I love you, and I forgive…

Celebrate Jesus’ Sacrifice Because children think concretely, they understand Easter in vivid, literal images. They may understand that God brought Jesus back to life in a literal way, but from that point on, the account and its big-picture impact can get abstract. What does it mean that Jesus sacrificed himself for us? Why did he…

Put Love into Action “Love” is a theme seen throughout the month of February, but it doesn’t mean much unless we put it into action. As Christians, we have the per- fect example of love in action: God sending his only Son, Jesus, to die for our sins and rise again to give us new…

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