Deliver to Heaven

While trying to explain the “thees”, “thous” and “arts” of the Our Father, my daughter murmured something about a mailbox. “What did you say, Sweetie?” “Does God put us in an envelop and send us away from evil?” “Oh, right.  The Lord said, ‘deliver us from evil.’” “Yes, deliver us.   The address should say, ‘heaven’.” … More Deliver to Heaven

Serving our Children in the Midst of Awful Things in Our Culture

You and I both know that there are awful things in our culture.  Things that wound us, disturb us, threaten us.  Sexual abuse by the clergy, for one terrible example.  If you have a little one or one who isn’t so little any more, then I know you desperately want to navigate life with them.  … More Serving our Children in the Midst of Awful Things in Our Culture

We are limited

There is only so much you have the capacity to do.  No matter how much planning, creativity, staying up late or amazing effort, you can only be in one place at a time, doing one thing. Kids naturally know this limitation.  They whine.  They call, “Mooommmm”.  They expect their things will be taken care of even though … More We are limited

Authority of Affection

Kids need lots and lots of physical affection.  Well, actually we all do.  For most kids, extra daily physical kindness from parents will aid healthy brain development, confidence and (believe it or not) obedience.  A playful toss up in the air does more to establish the parent’s authority than a harsh talking to.  So if … More Authority of Affection

Lullaby

Singing a hymn for your baby every time you put her down to sleep has many benefits: it establishes a peaceful routine, you are teaching her to pray, there is a special song in her heart, you get to beautifully tap into God multiple times during the day, the words of the song take on … More Lullaby