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 … [Continue reading]

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]

Giveaway: Dear Son by Dave Bruskas

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Today’s culture doesn't encourage men to grow up. Everyone from pastors to op-ed columnists have described a crisis of masculinity, fostered by a media culture that uniformly make men the butts of jokes. Men are much more likely to give up on life … [Continue reading]