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The Other Side of the Story

Teaching kids empathy can be a great joy and struggle in parenting. We are all self-centered by nature, and showing children how to be other-centered takes some stretching. Helping a child understand how to “put himself in another person’s shoes” can be a great way to teach empathy.

What about looking at Bible stories in a new way? In the book The Whale Tells His Side of the Story, author Troy Schmidt imagines what the whale felt like with Jonah hanging around in his belly. (The subtitle, Hey God, I’ve Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I’m Gonna Throw Up, pretty much says it all.) In the same vein as The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Frog Prince Continued,  Schmidt rethinks Bible stories. He’s also written the following biblical “other sides”:

Even if you aren’t able to purchase these books, having your child imagine another side of a Bible tale is a good way to spark imagination and explain having empathy. It can be a funny activity or a serious talk.

What “other sides” can you imagine?

2014′s Best and Worst Cities for Families

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Recently, the personal finance social network WalletHub compared each of the 150 largest cities in the U.S. based on 31 key metrics -- including the availability of quality jobs, the relative cost of housing, the quality of local school and health … [Continue reading]

When Adopted Kids Need Therapy by Ellen Stumbo

"Just pray for her, and God will restore her heart." I have a confession. When we adopted our daughter from Ukraine, we believed her cerebral palsy would be our biggest challenge. Sure, we knew she would have some emotional difficulties due to … [Continue reading]

Summer Spiritual Learning by Brian Dembowczyk

A Simple Way to Build Faith “Daddy, can we do the questions?” That request is music to my ears. Shortly after our son, Joshua, turned 5, my wife and I began teaching him a catechism, which is a series of questions and answers designed to explain … [Continue reading]

Weekend Links

Why Does My Baby Wake Up when I Try to Put Him Down? at BellyBelly 30 Signs Your Kid is Turning into a Hipster at Urban Playground - A little laugh for your weekend. A Better Way to Say Sorry at cuppacocoa Our Favorite Free Family Activities at … [Continue reading]

Making Meals with 5 Ingredients (or Less!)

One of the easiest ways to cut back on meal costs is to simplify your ingredients. If you can make a tasty recipe with fewer ingredients, you will probably spend less money. Often this involves slow-cooking, which intensifies flavor and tenderizes … [Continue reading]

Weekend Links

Toddler Bible Lesson: Joseph's Dreams at Family Abounds Teaching Big Words to Little Hearts: Grace at When You Rise 7 Tips for Starting a Family Devotion Time at Intoxicated on Life Tame the Laundry Beast at Beauty in the Mess Did you read … [Continue reading]

Weekend Links

Three Small Things Can Add up to a Changed Life at Money Saving Mom Creating a Family-Friends Kids' Ministry at LifeWay Kids 19 Toys & Apps that Can Help Develop Language and Social Skills in Children with Autism at Friendship Circle What I … [Continue reading]

Family Devotions

  I always thought having a family devotion time sounded kind of intimidating. But knowing that we want God to be the center of our family, we decided about a year ago to start a very simple one as part of our bedtime routine. At the time, … [Continue reading]