Celebrating Easter with ParentLife

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Need some advice or ideas for leading your kids through the Holy Week? Here are all the Easter posts we’ve done here on the ParentLife blog over the last six years.

Preparing for Easter by William Summey (2009)

“We went shopping this week to buy some Easter clothes for our family. This is one way many families prepare for Easter.”

The Real Reason by Jodi Skulley (2009)

“I was especially excited about this Easter since it would be Jack’s first Easter. We had a busy weekend planned. We were celebrating with my side of the family on the day before Easter with an Easter waffle brunch. …”

The Story of Jesus: Easter Activities for the Whole Family by Christi McGuire (2011)

“Challenge older children to create a song, activity, or game to go with the Bible passage. Help younger children retell the Bible story in a few simple sentences and create motions to a song.”

Not about the Eggs by Jessie Weaver (2011)

“I have nothing against Easter egg hunts and baskets and dresses and Cadbury cream eggs are one of my favorite annual treats. But it feels like just another holiday we’ve morphed into a reason to buy cards, candy, and clothes.”

A Preschooler’s Easter Dictionary (2012)

“Focus on what the Bible says as you talk to your child. Think about some unfamiliar words that your child will hear at Easter. Use these brief definitions.”

Helping Children Grasp the Resurrection by Jessie Weaver (2012)

“I want to focus on the Lenten holiday just as much—if not more!—than we followed along with the Christmas story, crafting and reading our Bible every day for a month. Belief in the resurrection is what makes our faith different from anyone else’s.”

Pausing for Passover by Michelle Lippincott (2012)

“Your family may choose to use some or all of the elements from a traditional Passover. Don’t get so caught up in ‘doing it right’ that you lose the meaning of this feast.”

Easter Crafts (2013)

“All of the chicks and bunnies floating around in Springtime are cute, but they don’t teach about the true Easter and the Resurrection. Here are some craft ideas I dug up that do help teach that to your child!”

Last-Minute Ideas for Easter Weekend (2013)

Four quick ideas.

Seeing, Hearing, Touching, Believing: Leading Your Children to Experience Christ’s Resurrection (2014)

“Parents are scared of telling their kids about blood, sin, crucifixion, murder. But as Christ’s resurrection is the absolute central truth of our faith, it’s important to start teaching it to children as early as possible.”

What to Do with Leftover Plastic Eggs? (2014)

“I keep finding empty plastic eggs laying on the floor. While I hate not to just save them for next year, we don’t actually fill our own baskets.”

Making Easter Dinner in Advance by Jessie Weaver (2014)

“I’m preparing to host them for Easter dinner in a few weeks. And today it struck me that JUST MAYBE I should go ahead and get some things ready so I won’t be so stressed on Resurrection Day.”

 

Weekend Links

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What a Teacher Wants to Tell You, the Parent by Ashley Terpstra

source: Duke University Archives via Flickr Creative Commons The reason we give homework is not to make your life harder as a parent. In order to transfer their knowledge, it is important that they practice independently what we are learning that … [Continue reading]

Weekend Links

Grape Kool-Aid Scented Playdough at Stir the Wonder 14 Day Walk with Christ at Jedi Craft Girl - An exercise for the two weeks before Easter. 24 Easter Books That Focus on the Cross at Not Consumed Preschool Resurrection Eggs at Motherhood on a … [Continue reading]

Faith That Sticks {GIVEAWAY}

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I am a firm believer in teaching children to love reading at a young age. As soon as my children were old enough to maintain eye contact, I was reading to them. They loved listening to my voice and looking at the bright colors. Soon they were big … [Continue reading]

Friday Links

9 Things to Clean when the Kids Get Sick at Clean Mama Teaching Kids How to Take Care of Books at Growing Book by Book Sparkly Mixed Medium Winter Paintings at Stay at Home Educator An Object Lesson for Kids on Honesty at Over the Big … [Continue reading]

The Desperate Diva Diaries: Christian Fiction for the Preteen Crowd

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  There were the Dork Diaries. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. And now Angie Spady offers a Christian alternative with a female protagonist: Catie Conrad, star of The Desperate Diva Diaries series. When Catie asks her journalist father for a … [Continue reading]

How Surviving a Snow Day Is Like Getting through a Spiritual Drought by Jessie Weaver

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First of all, you have to know that I am not talking one snow day. I'm talking two weeks where my elementary-school-aged child has gone to school a grand total of 8.5 hours. She is distraught. I am stir-crazy. My preschooler went once for 2.5 hours. … [Continue reading]

Weekend Links

Secret Prayer Club at Pint-Sized Treasures How Pinterest Makes Us Feel at Women Living Well Parenting after You Messed Up at Our Goodwin Journey Encouraging Independent Play (with Children Who Hate to Be Alone) at Beautiful in His Time Did … [Continue reading]

Big Thoughts for Little People – the New App and a Giveaway

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Tyndale House Publishers is excited to announce its first children’s app. Released to the iTunes store in January, 2015, the Big Thoughts for Little People app is the perfect companion to the bestselling alphabet book with the same name, written by … [Continue reading]