Training Children

We Need to Tell Our Kids That It’s Hard to Follow Jesus

Photo credit: All photos in this post are property of The Crossing, Columbia, MO. See originals here. I just spent the past year with a team at my church writing and producing a curriculum for our one-week kids camp, called Kids Club. This is my 16th year of helping run

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Resource for How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex (Ages 3+)

5 year old: “Mom, how do the eggs get in the mama bird’s belly?” Mom: “Um, well, (frantically trying to formulate an answer that will not spur more questions) the daddy puts them there.” (Not my best parenting moment). 5 year old: “Does it hurt for the egg to come

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Two Questions to Ask Your Child Every Day

Dinner time is far from picture perfect these days. While I do have hopes of one day sitting around the table and talking about the happenings of the day, our current meal times are a combination of sibling squabbles, standing up in chairs, spilled drinks, and complaints. It’s usually all wrapped

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“Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?”

“Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?” My 6-year-old’s anxious question pierced my heart. It wasn’t the first time one of my children had asked this of me. I remember asking my parents that same question around his age. How do I want to respond his question? What does my child

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The Gift of a Granola Bar

Monday mornings are a big deal around our house. Reason for all the excitement? Trash day. My kids not only love trash day because of the huge trucks that give them a honk and a wave but they have formed a sweet bond with the hardworking men who pick up

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Character is Caught, Not Taught

As a child of the 80s, I grew up watching my dad get his newspapers out of those huge, metal dispensers. I loved putting the quarters in for him and the immediate ability to pull a previously-locked door open. One particular Sunday morning we were in front of the Casey’s

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This well-done, biblical devotional book is perfect for families with elementary and teenage children. Parents will find it easy to use all year round.

Book Review of “One Year of Dinner Table Devotions”

Do you know what one extensive study shows to be the three crucial factors in teenagers retaining their faith through high school and beyond? The first and second of those three factors are two things that you and I can start doing when our kids are young. The #1 factor is

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10 Ways to Cultivate Grateful Hearts in Your Kids

This post includes a few affiliate links. Yesterday I shared a bit of our parenting struggles as of late (read: entitlement!) and wrote a review of the outstanding parenting book called Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch. While immersed in the book, I began implementing several of her ideas

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Five Reasons My Strong-Willed Child is a Blessing

I’m currently in a pretty large women’s Bible study filled with moms. What I’ve learned from listening to moms in all stages–some with their first infant, to some with kids in college–is that most families have a tough kid in the batch. We’ve finessed it down to calling them our

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Pacifier, Be Gone!

The time had come. My 2 year old, pacifier-loving son has reached a point in his manhood that takes much courage. Much strength. Much hardship. It was his time. His time to lose the pacifier. Every young man comes to this turning point in his life. Some at the ripe

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When Motherhood Gets Messy

When Motherhood Gets Messy

This guest post by Rebekah, from Barren to Beautiful, has touched my heart. It had me laughing and crying all in the same 5 minutes. Rebekah has a true gift of sharing her heart and providing much-needed encouragement for mothers. We are thankful to have her share on Thriving Home today.  

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Free Printables for Summer

FREE Fun Printables for Summer

Hey there, Thriving Home readers! My name is Julie and I blog over at Happy Home Fairy. One of my favorite things to do on my site is create fun FREE Printables that help sweet mamas like you build a happy home! Polly and Rachel asked if I would share

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Seven Things I Swore I’d Never Do as a Parent

I knew so much more about parenting before I had children. Yes friends, I had it all figured out. I knew the type of mom I’d be, the type of kids I’d raise, the type of foods we eat, the countless learning activities we would do together and so on.

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Family Christmas Celebration

Santa or No Santa?

Last weekend I had a girls weekend with my college besties. As we’ve talked about before here and here, getting away with girlfriends is refreshing for the soul. We had a blast (and almost got snowed in!!) The weekend was full of laughs, good food and great conversations. One conversation

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“Mommy, Are You Happy?”

Mommy Monster has been on the prowl. I’ve just found myself in a little funk in which I’ve been quick to anger and acting like a hormonal teenager in the way I have been snippy and quick to anger with my kids. After a middle of the night battle with

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