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How to tell your 8 year-old about sex

Breathe! Pray. Talk with your spouse. Consider the best time to sit down with your child, preferably one on one without the distractions of the TV or even other siblings. What we recommend: The Miracle of Creation Series This is a wonderful series that explains reproduction for plants, birds, and then people. These books place the focus on the glory of God’s creation and help children to see that God made all living things and their cycles and seasons of life to praise and honor Him. Children as young as 5 can go through Why Do Plants Grow?, Why Do Birds Build Nests?, and The Wonderful Way Babies Are Made (younger section) with their parents. Older children (9 and up) can go through What Is God’s Design for My Body? and The Wonderful Way Babies Are Made (older section) . The Wonderful Way Babies Are Made features two sets of text. The rhyming prose is for kids as young

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What is a Family Blessing?

The Bible is full of examples of God blessing people, fathers blessing children, and kings and apostles blessing the congregations they served. Sadly, blessing is a practice we have lost in our culture, and our kids are feeling this loss acutely. They may not realize it, but they suffer from lack of acceptance, identity, and purpose. One of the best things you can do for your kids is regularly speak words of blessing and affirmation over them. The best part is – it’s not hard and it doesn’t take very long! It can be as simple as laying your hands on your children, thanking God for sending them into your family, speaking intentional words of blessing over them (the Bible has some awesome blessings already written), and asking for God’s favor to be upon them. For a more intricate look at blessing and specifically how to bless, (whether you have

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How do I get dad involved with our kids?

Practical ways dad can connect Dear moms: sometimes it hard for us to identify with why our husbands can seem distant or disconnected from the kids. Chances are that there are a host of reasons dad is distant, and none of them are intentional. One of the most common reasons dads aren’t as involved is because they simply don’t know how. Especially if your hubby comes from a family where his own father was missing or emotionally absent, this has a much greater effect on his parenting style than probably even he realizes. It’s important that you don’t guilt him into spending more time with you and the kids. Proverbs has an awful lot to say about being quarrelsome (check out Proverbs 21:19), so let’s not be one of those wives! Encourage him when he does things with the kids, even small things. Let him know how much the kids love

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Family Connectedness: 5 Minute Devos

5-minute devos for the busy family Part 1 of our series on connecting as a family You wake up at 6:30AM, sleepily make your way to the coffee pot, and proceed with making your little ones breakfast before they head off to school, or if you homeschool, before you start school! The rest of your day consists of errands, cooking, cleaning, laundry, being chauffeur, homework, music practice, putting out fires and paying the bills. Our days are filled with activities and commitments that can seem endless. So how in all this activity do we incorporate family devotions? It’s one of the most important ways we can connect as a family, and get our priorities in order. It’s a time we can disciple our kids and learn and grow together. Where to start? Here are a few practical ideas on how you can begin the habit of daily family devos: Depending

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Secrets to “age-appropriate” information about sex

Your guide to avoiding TMI Often when we’re told it’s necessary – nay, imperative – to talk to our children about sex, our minds conjure up scary images: our doe-eyed 7 year old running screaming from the room after we’ve just shattered her fairy tale notions of love. These images represent our biggest fears when it comes to broaching the subject (and what a weighty one it is!) of sex with our children. And you know what? Healthy fear in this area is a good thing. It’s ok to treat sex with the mystery and respect God designed it to have. It’s kind of like having a healthy fear of the ocean. But when our fear of talking to our children cripples us and produces thoughts like: “I could never talk to them about this. I mean, I totally messed up in this area.” Or “I really want to pass

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