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A Halloween Prayer Plan

Halloween can be a sticky issue for many Christian families. There seem to be so many conflicting opinions and lots of finger-pointing. It’s an issue my husband and I struggled with as young parents. While I’ve never been satisfied with where I’ve landed on this topic, I do believe that having a Halloween prayer plan…

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Christmas Gifts for Kids

I debated with myself about putting together a list of Christmas gifts for kids – but I lost the debate. So, even though no children still live in my home with me, here is my list of ideas. But before I get to the actual list, I want to let you know how I decided…

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How to Prepare for the Holidays

The holiday season – which in my mind runs from mid-October to January 1 – can bring out the best or the worst in all of us. In a typical year, this season brings feelings of anticipation, stress, excitement, joy, hope, exhaustion, or even depression. Most of you may routinely ask yourself how to prepare…

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How to Encourage Reading at Home

You know your children need to read every day – their teachers have been telling you this for years. And you know that reading will help them to be successful in school, not to mention paving the way for a better future. You try to encourage reading at home. But the pushback! Whining. Complaining. Pouting….

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7 Benefits of Reading for Children

Why do children need to learn to read? What are the real benefits of reading for children outside of managing to graduate from high school (which is, of course, important!). Is reading just a tool to be used for formal education? Or is it something more. Short answer: it’s something more. Longer answer: keep reading!…