Entries in the Category 'Holiday traditions'

3 easy ways to teach your children the true meaning of Easter

April 18th, 2011 / No Comments

It’s easy to get excited about Christmas as one of the major events in our Christian faith. But it’s not so easy to get excited about Easter, which is just as important if not more so, in our Christian faith. It’s easy to have cute bunny and egg decorations and crafts, but not so easy […]

Teaching children about fasting

April 1st, 2010 / 1 Comment

Commercialism has reduced Easter to candies and bunnies. Now, I am not against having some Peeps, I love those marshmallow treats once a year. But I think we should teach our children that Easter, just like Christmas, has a greater meaning besides the presents and food. It is traditional for Christians to fast around Easter […]

Teaching children about Easter

March 30th, 2010 / 1 Comment

When I taught the children Sunday School class about what Good Friday meant – that it was the day that Jesus died on the cross, a five-year-old in the class asked, with a crestfallen face, “Is Jesus dead now?” Explaining Easter to children can be tricky.  We don’t often talk about death, and death is […]

Why do we have Easter?

March 29th, 2010 / 1 Comment

Dennis Rainey of Family Life tells this cute story: As Grandpa Bob drove into the driveway he could see his 4-year-old granddaughter, Julie, and a couple of her friends playing in the backyard. It was almost Easter and he wanted to know how much these children knew about the Easter story. Approaching the three little […]

Christmas traditions

December 22nd, 2009 / 4 Comments

Before I leave off for the year 2009 to enjoy Christmas vacation with my family, I want to leave you with a quick recommendation that I believe will benefit your family. Each year I read this book to my children at Christmas time. The Tale of the Three Trees is a moving story with a […]

Reclaiming Christmas in the home

December 14th, 2009 / 2 Comments

I happened to come across the Shrek Christmas show on TV last week. I am not a fan of Shrek movies. I think some of the humor and themes are not appropriate for kids while making itself out to be a children’s movie. Anyway, back to the point, this Christmas show had Shrek trying to […]

What to do when your kids are bored

June 18th, 2009 / 6 Comments

A reader asks, “What do I do with my kids when they complain that they’re bored?” Does it irk you when kids say, “I’m bored!”? While substituting a 4th grade class, a girl came up to me during recess and said, “I’m bored!” I looked at her and said, “And your point is…?” My sarcasm […]

Make Gingerbread Friends for Christmas

December 11th, 2008 / 3 Comments

I am so excited! Tomorrow my daughter will be coming home from college for 3 weeks of Christmas vacation! Christmas holidays gives many natural opportunities to spend time together with our children. My younger daughter and I went Christmas shopping for her friends today. We wrapped Christmas presents together with Christmas music in the background. […]

Teaching your children to budget for gifts

December 8th, 2008 / 1 Comment

How do you help your children budget for Christmas gifts for their friends? What do you do when your children want to buy an expensive gift for a friend they don’t know that well? Is it ok to say, “You can’t spend that much on someone you don’t know that well.”? Does it sound like […]

The economy and Christmas expectations

December 4th, 2008 / 4 Comments

“The economy is tough this year, please don’t worry about spending much; I am telling my kids not to expect much from people, it is the thought that counts.” That email from my sister-in-law reminded me to have that talk with my own kids this year. How about you? Have you prepared your children yet? Here […]