A few weeks ago our family watched the movie Cool Runnings, based on the true story of the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. It is a feel-good movie with some memorable lines. We all loved it. One of my favorite lines was something that the coach said to the team captain the night before the competition day in the Olympics. (**This post contains an affiliate link.**) He said, “A gold medal is … [Read more...] about Are you Enough?
The festivity, the joy, the excitement of the people filled the streets as Jesus humbly rode by on a donkey. The palm branches symbolized victory for the Israelites and the phrase, “Hosanna,” was a declaration, a cry for salvation, “Save us!” They listened, all eighteen first and second grader, eyes fixed on me as I began telling them the familiar story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into … [Read more...] about Hosanna: A Holy Week Meditation
The Middle School years typically creep up on many of us before we're ready. I definitely feel this way. The years are moving quickly and in two and a half years, my eldest will be in middle school. What can we do to help our kids prepare for the changes that await them? I have been working in middle schools as a substitute teacher, and it has brought some delightful real life surprises. Some … [Read more...] about Preparing for Middle School: Advice from Middle School Kids
This post is Tip #5 from 10 Foster Care Tips on Effective Fostering. Foster care offers opportunities to work with many different individuals. Of the many, two of the most important relationships for foster parents are the county social workers and the biological parents. They hold great influence and power to impact a foster child’s life in significant ways. It is important to build a strong … [Read more...] about How to Build a Strong Relationship with Social Workers and Biological Parents
“Mom, I am one of the worst soccer players at our school,” said my 8-year-old son. Feeling sorry for him, I replied, “Oh don’t say that. I’m sure you’re decent!” Frustrated by my dismissal of his analysis, he emphatically replied, “No mom, I am actually pretty bad. I am really one of the worst players.” Then, I realized that I was projecting my insecurity onto him. He didn’t feel … [Read more...] about Why I Teach my Kids to Compare and How to Do It
Pray for your kids. Pray with your kids. I know you’ve heard this before. But read on. I promise you that you won’t feel preached at and you won’t regret reading this. I will never forget this image that a friend shared with me as she prayed for me. “I see you on a field where you planted a few seeds. A couple of them are sprouting, but they are tiny. You’re standing over those sprouting … [Read more...] about Principle 7: Daily Pray For and Pray With Your Kids