The opposite of good parenting is doing the easy thing in the short term. Now don’t get me wrong. There’s a certain parenting high when […]
In this synod, 50 per cent of our congregations have 10 or fewer children and, as these congregations are discovering, doing Sunday school the way we’ve always done it is neither working nor viable.
If you have kids you’ve probably thought about sibling rivalry. It’s kind of like debt or a skin rash: You don’t think about it until […]
And suddenly, he is drawing. Last week, Plum drew a picture of his Daddy, complete with beard. This week, ladybugs, leaves, aliens with eyebrows and […]
There is a wasp who won’t leave my office. It’s been buzzing against the inside of the window for quite a while. A good half […]
Every single parent I know wants to do a good job raising their kids. But after that, the unanimity about how to do it usually goes out […]
You and I both wonder, Who will my daughter marry? No matter who it is, the young punk (er, I mean, young man) will most certainly not […]
Life can get complicated. And expensive! If you have kids, you know there are infinite ways to spend money on them. To quote The Grinch Who […]
By the time a child is six they are a living, walking blueprint of who they will be for the rest of their lives. Will […]
I’ve been holding a sick kid today. Poor Plum has been poorly. Just a run-of-the-mill October cold, but he isn’t really sure what’s hit […]
By now, you may have heard about the massacre in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, earlier this week. Shootings are […]
Maybe it seems like an unlikely scenario. But that’s exactly what happened. In Bangkok, two children walked to up two women who were smoking. With […]
A parenting degree doesn’t exist. Nothing can prepare you. As social scientist William Doherty says, parenting is “a high-cost/high-reward activity.” There’s nothing like those wonderful giggles. […]
This isn’t one of those lists that tells you to start doing a bunch more things so that (a) you have more stuff to do […]
We are an Easter people. We need to show our children that Easter is important to adults. This is the biggest story of our year. If nothing else, we want kids to catch a glimpse of that. Easter matters to us. The Easter story is the joyful centre of who we are.
Last year I blogged about this very thing. So here it is again with a few tweaks: How do we teach our children about the […]
“Mama,” my nephew Zachary said, his six-year-old brow furrowed, “I think I would have looked back, too.”
My daughter makes sure we read from this book each and every evening— even on nights when she’s dawdled too much and the clock shows it’s bedtime past, she insists on reading a prayer before closing her eyes.
Okay, I admit it. That title promises a lot! But think of it like this: I once heard someone talk about how people think they […]
Okay, so I didn’t need a paternity leave to realize moms rock. But it certainly is like putting on new glasses after having been told […]