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Top 5 Children’s Books (Elementary) for 2016

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Some of our favorite memories come from the books our kids receive for Christmas each year. Not only do we give our kids books, but some of our favorite memories come from book gifts our kids have received from friends and family. With all the books that come out each year, it can be difficult to pick the perfect one …

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Teaching Girls to Embrace their Unique Style

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From an early age, we knew our daughter would stand out from the crowd. Even as a toddler, she would gravitate towards clothes that were shades of blue, red or black amidst the typical pinks and purples. By the age of three, she was giving unsolicited fashion advice to her babysitter. Before long, that same babysitter would seek her advice …

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Feeling the Father’s Love through the Loss of a Parent

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Losing a parent is never easy. I know- I lost my father one year ago this month. Even as I write those words, I can hardly believe it. I had fallen into a rut of telling people I lost my dad six months ago. Then last week, I started getting emotional about him all of a sudden, including in dreams. …

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When Kids Lose: 3 Truths to Tell Them

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“You may not win, but you must try. Sometimes, you’ll lose, but there’s no need to cry. Win or lose, one thing that’s true… No matter what, I love you!” ~ Lysa TerKeurst from “Win or Lose I Love You!“ I dare say our deepest heartache once we become parents is not when we get hurt, but when our kids …

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5 Old School Values to Teach Your Kids

5 old school values to teach your kids

My dad died recently. He was 89. If you’re assuming he was quite a bit older than I was, you’d be correct – 49 years my senior to be exact. While some may argue that I was at a disadvantage by having a father old enough to be my grandfather, I’d have to disagree with you. Although my parents divorced …

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What to Do When Your Child Questions God

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Having not grown up in the church, I can’t really say what a child’s relationship with God should look like. On one end of the spectrum, there are kids that may go to church each week, but not remember much more than “Jesus loves me”. On the other end of the spectrum, there are children like Colton Burpo who have …

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Moms Summer Survival Guide: 9 Ways to Make Time for Yourselves this Summer

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Wake up, get dressed, read the Bible, do devotions, pray, drink water, brew tea, make breakfast for the kids, get in a load of laundry, clean up the kitchen from last night, pack bags for swim team, fill water bottles…and that’s all before the kids even woke up. I thought summer was supposed to be relaxing?

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Encouraging Tween Boy Friendships

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I’ve always thought I’d have to work hard to coax the right friendships with my daughter, but I’ll be honest, I never gave the same amount of thought towards my son’s friendships. After all, he’s my baby, so wouldn’t he just naturally want to hang out with me and my husband all the time? Having both a daughter and son …

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The Key to Helping Kids Go To Sleep Without You

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Let’s face it, leaving our kids is never easy. It doesn’t matter whether you’re leaving your newborn overnight for the first time or trusting your teenagers to stay home alone while you and your husband get some much needed time away together; any time you walk away from your home with your kids still in it, you leave a piece …

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Know, Grow & Show: The Right Way to Raise a Princess Today

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What little girl doesn’t dream about becoming a princess? The thought of tiaras, castles and gowns alone can cause internal squeals of delight. Add in the bevy of beauties Disney dazzles before our daughters on a daily basis and you can see why our little girls find a hard time discerning between fairy tales and real life. Don’t get me …

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