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Activities for your family to help your kids develop grow and develop wisdom.

Adopt a Family

Over the years, our family’s sense of connection with the various churches we’ve been part of has varied widely. We have moved from state to state several times during our marriage, which always requires a new round of exhausting “church shopping” and new attempts to begin to plug into that new body of believers in a way you hope will eventually feel more natural—like an extended family itself.

One of the quickest ways to start to feel connected to the folks at your church—and to help kids to begin to understand what it means to be part of that family—is…

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ThanksBook

This quick and easy exercise is a fun way for kids and parents to practice the fine art of gratitude. It couldn’t be more simple, but the results are surprisingly powerful for the whole family.

One of the most often heard complaints from parents about kids is that they are ungrateful. As parents, we know how much effort goes into providing for a family. Beyond the hours of work involved in generating an income to make ends meet, most parents willingly go the extra mile to give their kids the time, stuff, and foods they really enjoy. Parents like giving…

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Show Us Your Day

Do your kids like to take pictures with a digital camera or with their phones? It’s often surprising—at least to me—when a child first starts taking pictures of things in their normal, everyday environment.

It reminds us again that they see their world through a different perspective from our own. The angles are different (especially if they’re still young and short); what they see as noteworthy is different; how they frame their shots is different.

This month’s family activity is all about using digital cameras or camera phones to get the members of your family to show each…

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Worst Possible Scenario Game

How often do you or members of your family find yourselves asking, “What’s the worst that could happen?” Some people ask the question from a positive point of view: “How bad could it be? We can handle whatever comes of this. It’s not a big deal. Even the worst isn’t the end of the world.”

Others of us feel compelled to imagine the worst possible scenario in hopes of somehow preparing ourselves and our families for all of the awful, terrible things that might happen next.

It’s a ridiculous impulse, isn’t it? It’s based on the illusion that…

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King or Queen for a Day

Everybody likes to feel special, but that’s not really what this activity is about. It’s about practicing servanthood. Choosing to “consider others better than” ourselves, as Philippians says, does not come naturally to anyone. It’s a daily choice, and it takes ongoing practice.

Our culture—our world, as defined by the Bible—encourages us to do exactly the opposite. The successful contestants on nearly every reality TV show find a way to use each other to get to the top. Even being nice is often seen as a strategy for manipulating and stepping over lesser contestants.

Obviously, that approach to…

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Weekly Top 5

Most kids, when they’re young, love to have mom and dad sit down and really appreciate play and media with them. They naturally want to share their love for TV shows, toys, music, superheroes, and outdoor discoveries. They might even start out by loving some of your music or sports or cable channels. My niece shared an avid interest in the Food Network with her parents until she approached middle school.

Eventually, though, many kids begin to express their independence by becoming fans of media and hobbies far removed from their parents’ interests. Sometimes, it’s about rebellion. Often, though, it’s…

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Progressive Kindness Dinner

The season of Valentine

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