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How to Encourage Thankfulness In our Children

Our culture has quickly become a thankless culture.  We have so much, yet we have so little that we can find to be thankful for.  Perhaps this is due to a very limited world view. For the most part, American children have everything they need and a lot of what they want.  They give us […]

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How to Help Children Write Thank You Notes – Model It!

The best way to teach anything to a child is to model it. In the poem, Children Learn What They Live by Dorothy Law Nolte c1972, Nolte describes perfectly the idea that we can facilitate correct attitudes in our children by  modeling behaviors that cause them to form positive thought processes and behaviors.  This applies when […]

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A Homemade Mailbox Promotes Letter Writing

Looking to give your child more experience writing letters and cards?  Create a letter writing area at home, complete with a homemade mailbox. With just a few simple supplies from around the house, you and your child can start mailing notes back and forth, creating a fun, learning activity. Material needed: empty shoe box, scissors, […]

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Gifts for Teachers

What kind of gifts work for teachers?  What is the most meaningful for them?  Personalization is the key for teacher gifts.  A teacher can only eat so many apples.  The first step in thinking of a gift for your child’s teacher is to talk to your child through out the year.  Anytime your child mentions something […]

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Encouraging Creative Mother’s Day Gifts

Sometimes it’s difficult for children not to take mothers for granted. Mothers are usually a daily part of their lives, always present, encouraging and supporting, disciplining and teaching…children cannot imagine life without mom. So how can you encourage children to be thankful for someone they take for granted? Here are some creative ideas for Mother’s […]

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How to Encourage Thankfulness When Moving

It’s one of those times that you dread as a parent—telling your children that you’re moving to a new city. Whether you’re moving 200 or 2000 miles away, you know that your children will have to say goodbye to cherished friends and places and start over. Here are some thoughts on how to encourage thankfulness […]

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A Child’s First Communion Celebration

A child’s First Communion celebration is one of the holiest times of their life. Roman Catholic children usually receive their First Communion when they are between the ages of 7 and 8 years old. The girls wear pretty white dresses with a white veil which symbolizes purity. The boys usually wear white or blue suits. […]

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Nursery Design Secrets Every New Mom Needs to Know

First time parents are, for lack of a better term, frazzled. You run around like a headless chicken trying to accomplish everything that needs to be done before the little bundle of joy arrives. Being a parent is definitely hard work, but very rewarding. Ed Young, Fellowship Church pastor and author, has four children with […]

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Outdoor Party Themes for Children

You’ve got another birthday around the corner, or maybe your little one just wants to play hostess.  Either way, it seems like every year the stakes are raised on childrens party themes.  Bigger crowds, larger venues, bounce houses rented and caterers hired.  But in the beautiful sun of spring, it’s hard not to want to […]

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Feeling Grateful is How to Encourage Thankfulness

My friend’s adult children are admirable people; people who each seem to embody so many traits most parents would like to see in their own children. For example, her son and his new wife hand wrote personal thank you notes for all of their shower and wedding gifts. These notes were special. They were special […]

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