Archives for August 2013

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Making New Friends

In many cities through the United States the new kid in your neighborhood will as likely be from Bangladesh as from Boston. Here are some tips for your child when reaching out to a kid from another culture.

• Try to learn some of his or her heart language. The child will likely be an eager teacher. Have your children ask the new kid to teach them words like “hello,” “goodbye,” and “thank-you.”
• Learn about the child’s culture. Make it a family activity to study about the customs, religious beliefs and traditions of the child’s culture. Most of your needed research is available right from your computer.
• Encourage your child to be open to new foods. With new friends from new countries comes new foods! This can be tough for a child. It’s also a great opportunity to teach your child how to try new foods. Help them understand how it can feel to his or her new friend to turn down the home-cooked food of another culture. Praise your child when he does eat something new!

How do you make it a family activity?

It’s important you lead the way in reaching out to new people in your neighborhood. Your kids will follow your example. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
• Bring a welcome gift. Take a basket of things the new family can use in their time of transition—like snacks, cleaning supplies or a map of your city. Or cook the family a meal!
• Invite the family over for dinner. New families who are busy preparing their new home will appreciate the break. Your family will appreciate meeting someone new!
• Invite the new family to church. Even if the new family is a church regular, they probably don’t have a church in the community. Offer to let them sit with you at your church service.

Books about Salvation

My daughter is almost 5 now, and she’s getting to the point where she’s starting to “get” Christianity. She is so sweet in her love for Jesus and prayers. We just finished reading the New Testament in the Jesus Storybook Bible, and she asked questions about heaven coming to earth and Jesus returning. How wonderful it is to see her faith and knowledge grow!

As a former English major and book lover, I always look for new books on topics that interest her. So I’m searching out books about salvation for children. Here are some books I found, with thanks to Amanda White of OhAmanda for her suggestions.


The Answers Book for Kids, Volume 4: Questions from Kids on Sin, Salvation, and the Christian Life by Ken Ham (Master Books, 2009). Ages 3+. Helps kids (and parents!) think through some of the tougher questions of Christianity, like “why does God allow sin?” and “what does being ‘born again’ mean?”

Sammy Experiences God by Tom Blackaby and Rick Osborne (B&H, 2013). Ages 4+. Relating the concepts of the classic Experiencing God for children, this book follows Sammy, who learns that God can be close and involved in his own life.

The Prayer That Makes God Smile by Stormie Omartian (Harvest House, 2009). Ages 3-7. “Reassuring little ones that God’s love is a forever love, Stormie shows kids how to give thanks for family and friends, give their wants and needs to their heavenly Father, and trust Him to do what is right for their lives. She then explains what it means to pray the best prayer of all–asking Jesus to come into your heart.”

If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart by Jill Roman Lord (CandyCane, 2007). Ages 2-5. This board book is the only one we actually own. It’s a sweet, rhyming book that helps a child’s first exploration of salvation.

Mrs. Rosey Posey at the Yum Yummy Birthday Cake by Robin Jones Gunn (Zonderkidz, 2008). Ages 4-7. Your child can learn to read while learning about forgiveness. While this book doesn’t deal directly with salvation, it mirrors Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden and shows the power of mercy.

Do you have any children’s books about salvation you love and would like to share?


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Age-Appropriate Chores

Here are some ideas for age-appropriate chores for your kids. Do you have any other ideas? Share them in the comments!

Ages 2 to 3
● Put toys away
● Fill pet’s food dish
● Put clothes in hamper
● Help clean up spills
● Dust

Ages 4 to 5
● Make bed
● Empty wastebaskets
● Clear table
● Pull weeds/Water flowers.

Ages 6 to 7
● Sort laundry
● Sweep
● Set and clear table
● Help make /pack lunch
● Keep bedroom tidy

Ages 8 to 9
● Load dishwasher
● Put away groceries
● Vacuum
● Wipe kitchen surfaces
● Cook simple foods
● Mop

Ages 10+
● Clean bathrooms
● Cook simple meals with supervision
● Iron clothes
● Run washer/dryer/dishwasher
● Baby-sit younger siblings (with adult in the home)
● Change sheets

Real Life Solutions With Dr. Linda Mintle

Q. I am a new mom and love to be out in the sun during this time of year. A friend of mine told me to be more careful and cover up my baby from the sun. Is this really a big deal?

A. Absolutely. Most sun damage occurs in childhood. Sun exposure builds over the years and can create problems later in life. Babies can get sunburned and their tender skin can’t handle the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun. A baby under the age of six months should not be exposed to direct sunlight. And even though it is hot, cover your baby with light cotton clothing to protect her skin. Limit her exposure to the sun during the peak hours of ultraviolet rays—10:00a.m to 4:00p.m. Shade her whenever possible. Most baby carriers have sunshades built in, car shades can be use when she is in her car seat and umbrellas, baby tents and other shading devices can be used as added protection. Use sunscreen designed for infants with at least an SPF of 15, even on hazy days. Apply the sunscreen at least an hour before going out and reapply it often. Hats are also a good way to protect the face and they look really cute! Keep in mind that if you live in a high altitude, sun exposure is greater. If your baby gets sunburned and is showing blisters, fever, chills headache or appears ill, contact your pediatrician immediately. Sunburn can lead to dehydration and is treated like a serious burn. So yes, your friend was right. It is a big deal!

Resource: Baby 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice For Your Baby’s First Year by Denise Fields & Ari Brown M.D. Windsor Peak Press; Fifth Edition, Revised, 5th ed. edition (September 1, 2011)

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Richard’s Surprise by Carey Casey

A son makes a simple yet meaningful gesture, and it impacts his father for eternity…

The dad’s name is Richard. He had always been an active and committed father. He poured his time and his energy into his kids; he was very devoted to them. But he had never truly embraced God as his heavenly Father. He attended church and he would tell you that faith is very important, but he was never fully committed as a believer.

Richard’s son, 23 years old at the time, played pro baseball for a minor-league team. As he worked his way up the ranks Richard naturally followed him as best he can. He traveled to some games and went online to keep up with what happened when he couldn’t be there.

One evening Richard was checking out the results on his computer, and he found a highlight clip of his son making a great play. What a thrill to be able to see that online! Then, after the play, his boy stood still just for a moment, took off his cap, bowed his head for a short prayer, and then pointed to the sky.

It’s what you see players do sometimes, right? Well, for Richard it was no ordinary thing. He was moved almost to tears. He had no clue that his son’s faith was that important to him.

Richard felt some regret to a degree, because he knew that equipping his kids in their faith was an area where he had fallen short. At the same time, he was humbled that in spite of all that, God still worked in his son’s life to bring about the kind of faith where he could openly give honor and glory to God for his own success.

That experience has had a long-lasting influence on Richard. Today, he is taking his own walk with Christ much more seriously, and he’s paying more attention to the spiritual lives of all his children. What do they believe, and how much does it matter to them? How can they bring glory to God with their lives? Best of all, he’s become a better example of a sold-out, fully devoted disciple of Christ.

Dad, if you’re like Richard used to be, you might be comforted in knowing that God can get through to your children in spite of your weaknesses. But then, why take that chance? Get close to God, and lead your children there as well.

careycaseycasual2007Carey Casey is Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City-based National Center for Fathering and author of the book Championship Fathering: How to Win at Being a Dad.

Through his work across the country, Casey has earned a reputation as a dynamic communicator, especially on the topic of men being good fathers. He’s known as a compassionate ambassador, particularly within the American sports community.

Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Back to School


Whether we’re homeschooling or sending our kids off to a private or public school – or anything in between – we all have one thing in common: we have a lot to get done in the morning and need to eat something, too!

Even though I don’t have kids in grade school yet, this year my daughter will be going to preschool three days a week, plus I have an active 2-year-old boy and a needy baby. On days when we just stay home, I still feel like it’s mania around here until about 9 a.m.

One thing that works for me is having breakfast made before the morning. I like making big batches and having options in the freezer; but I’ve also been known to make coffee cake or baked oatmeal the night before. Whatever works for you is what works!

So just for you, here are 25 make-ahead breakfast ideas to keep you from reaching for the cereal boxes every morning.

1. French Breakfast Muffins

2. Heart Healthy Apple Oat Bran Muffins

3. Broccoli Quiche Muffins

4. Basic, Easy Granola with Variations

5. Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

6. Giant Brown Butter Granola Breakfast Cookies

7. Pancake and Sausage Muffins

8. Breakfast Muffins

9. French Toast Sticks

10. Freezer Breakfast Burritos

11. McMom’s Breakfast Sandwiches

12. Zucchini Spice Muffins

13. Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

14. Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Apricots and Buttermilk

15. Pumpkin Pie Waffles

16. No Sugar Oat Drops

17. Mini Cinnamon Rolls

18. Ham, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Cups

19. Grain-Free Berry Breakfast Cobbler

20. Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

21. Apricot Breakfast Bars

22. Bacon Cheddar Scones

23. Cranberry, Nutmeg, and Vanilla Breakfast Cake

24. Lemon-Lime Breakfast Rolls

25. Banana and Blueberry Pancakes

Bon Appetit, friends! What’s your favorite breakfast?



photo source: Jeremy Kunz