It’s A Hard Knock Life

It’s A Hard Knock Life

The saddest look on a child’s face is when they are asked to do a chore! Poor, poor child! Now not all kids are like this but I can honestly say it’s the majority. When I was growing up, before we could even think of leaving the house, my chores had to be done. Chores may be a “bad” word to some kids but if they started doing chores that were more age-appropriate they could possibly have a bit more fun. It’s also important to remind them that a family works together to take care of the blessings God gives us…a home, cars, clothes.

This is also a great foundation for when your children grow up and live on their own! Focus on the Family published great articles about finding the appropriate chores for your children’s age and tips on how to get them to do chores.  Reward systems work well but do whatever is most comfortable for you and your family. I personally think there are some chores you do because you are apart of the family and there are some you do that is above and beyond that…those you might be paid a shiny nickel!

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/parenting-challenges/motivating-kids-to-clean-up/age-appropriate-chores

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/parenting-challenges/motivating-kids-to-clean-up/inspire-your-kids-to-do-chores

Understanding Easter

Understanding Easter

Focus on the Family has provided a really informative mini-lesson series on Easter. It is a great way to explain to your children the amazing love Christ has for us.  And how God, in all his infinite wisdom, had a plan in place to save us because He loves us too much to see us perish.

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/holidays/celebrating-the-easter-season/do-your-children-understand-easter

Are you the Spiritual Leader of Your Home?

Are you the Spiritual Leader of Your Home?

As husbands and fathers, you are called to be the Spiritual Leader in your home. But in this day and age is it hard to define that position? Do you find it difficult to lead? Here is a great article to begin your journey to being the spiritual leader in your home. If God calls husbands and fathers to this role, it is important not to deny it.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/10-principles-for-christian-husbands-fathers/

Remember Friends?

Remember Friends?

“My Friends Are My Estate.” – Emily Dickinson

Remember Friends? Like you’re very own friends you could hang out with at any time? Looking back…that time is cherished. And now hanging out having a really great conversation is few and far between. God created us to have relationships and we have those with our spouses, our children, our family, but do we take the time to cultivate friendship relationships?

It’s so important that we do! It’s ok to take time out for yourself and glean the goodness of friends. And we need all kinds of friends. This article is a great way to determine what kinds of friends we need in our lives. Sometimes we are blessed enough to have a couple of good friends with all these qualities but it’s ok to have different friends with one amazing quality and to spend time with each one!

https://www.crosswalk.com/family/parenting/5-friends-every-mom-needs.html