10 Parenting Tips for Raising Godly Children

We know what an amazing and important role we have in nurturing our children’s spiritual growth. It’s a journey filled with love and joy. We also have the privilege of helping our children become people who love and honour God. To help you with this task, I’m sharing 10 Christian Parenting tips for raising Godly Children. 

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  • [00:02:09] Be a living example to your children
  • [00:06:03] Read different versions of scripture to gain understanding
  • [00:12:28] Allow children to take control of their faith journey
  • [00:21:23] Balance boundaries and generosity, be generous with time and resources.
  • [00:27:47] Practicing gratitude leads to health and happiness
  • [00:29:08] Demonstrate gratitude and encourage open communication.
  • [00:32:03] Teaching forgiveness to children through our actions
  • [00:33:35] Trust in the Lord for guidance and instilling Christian values

10 Parenting Tips for Raising Godly Children

1. Lead by Example

When it comes to raising Godly children, one of the most powerful ways we can teach them is by setting a good example through our own faith. Kids are like little sponges, soaking up everything they see and hear. If we want them to develop a strong relationship with God, we must show them what it looks like in our own lives.

Being a role model means living out our faith authentically and consistently. It means demonstrating love, kindness, honesty, and integrity in our daily interactions. 

Our children are always watching, whether we realize it or not. So, let’s make sure we’re showing them what it means to follow Jesus with our words and actions.

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2. Teach and Discuss Scripture

In our journey of raising Godly children, one of the key ways we can teach them about God is to read and talk about The Bible. 

The Bible is filled with wisdom, guidance, and stories that can shape our children’s hearts and minds. 

When reading the Bible with our children, it’s important to explain the context and background of the passages. This can bring the stories to life and help them connect with the characters and events. 

We can encourage their curiosity by asking open-ended questions. This allows them to express their thoughts, share their insights, and develop a deeper understanding of the Scriptures.

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3. Pray Together

Another thing you can do for raising Godly children is to pray together as a family. This is a great way to deepen our relationship with one another and with God. 

It doesn’t have to be complicated or lengthy – it’s simply about coming together, sharing our hearts, and lifting our voices in prayer.

Find a quiet and cozy spot where you can gather as a family, whether it’s around the dinner table, in a comfy corner of your home, or even outdoors. 

Take turns leading the prayer or invite everyone to participate by expressing their gratitude and sharing their prayer requests. 

Remember, there are no right or wrong words when talking to God. 

Encourage your children to speak from their hearts and share their thoughts and feelings. 

As you pray together, trust that God is listening and that He delights in the voices of your family. Let this time of prayer be a source of comfort, strength, and unity as you grow in your faith and love for one another.

4. Foster a Relationship with God

Help your children develop a personal relationship with God through prayer, worship, and listening to His voice. Encourage them to seek Him in all aspects of life.

That means giving them the tools they need to grow in their faith and become a disciple. 

In our family, it also means letting them lead their relationship with God when they want to take communion or get baptized. 

We also make sure Friday nights are free so we can take our teenagers to youth groups and encourage them to create and keep deeper relationships with friends who will encourage them in their faith.

5. Instill Moral Values

Teach your children the importance of moral values such as kindness, honesty, forgiveness, and respect for others. 

Help them understand the significance of living out these values.

Through age-appropriate discussions and real-life examples, we can help them understand the impact of their actions on those around them.

Encourage them to make choices that align with these values, guiding them to consider the well-being of others and the principles taught in the Bible.

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6. Create a Safe and Loving Home Environment

Build a home where your children feel secure, loved, and accepted. Provide a nurturing environment that fosters emotional and spiritual growth.

Be slow to anger and quick to listen.

Listen to their problems and ask what they need. 

Give them space to work out their faith and support their journey. 

7. Set Clear Boundaries

Establish reasonable and consistent boundaries for your children. Teach them self-discipline, responsibility, and the consequences of their choices.

God’s presence and His laws provide a sense of safety and protection for us. 

This is like a study conducted with children playing in a fenced schoolyard. Beyond the fence, there was a vast natural area with big trees and exciting things. 

However, when the fence was removed to give the children more space, they actually stayed closer to the building. 

Why? 

Because the boundary made them feel secure, and that instinctual need for safety kicked in. 

This study teaches us an important lesson: true freedom isn’t about having no boundaries; it’s about having the right boundaries that keep us safe. 

When we embrace God’s boundaries, we find the freedom to truly enjoy and experience joy in our lives. 

So, let’s teach our children about God’s loving boundaries so they can embrace the safety and freedom that He offers us.

8. Encourage Service and Generosity

Teach your children the joy of serving others and sharing their blessings. Engage in acts of kindness as a family, such as volunteering or helping those in need.

We can inspire them by setting an example of generosity ourselves and involving them in acts of service. 

Whether it’s volunteering together as a family, helping a neighbour in need, or donating to a worthy cause, these experiences teach our children the value of selflessness and the joy that comes from making a positive impact in someone else’s life.

By nurturing a spirit of service and generosity in our children, we empower them to be a source of goodness and kindness in the world, spreading love and making a difference in the lives of others.

9. Cultivate a Culture of Gratitude

Teach your children to appreciate and express gratitude for God’s blessings and the kindness of others. Foster a thankful attitude in daily life.

We can do this by leading by example and expressing gratitude for the blessings in our own lives. 

Engaging in conversations about gratitude and highlighting the little joys and moments of appreciation in daily life can help our children develop a grateful mindset. 

Encourage them to express gratitude to others, whether it’s through a simple “thank you” or a heartfelt note of appreciation. 

By nurturing gratitude in our children, we open their eyes to the beauty and abundance that surrounds them, fostering contentment, joy, and a deeper appreciation for life’s blessings.

10. Encourage Open Communication

Create an atmosphere of open communication, where your children feel comfortable discussing their questions, doubts, and concerns. 

We can encourage open communication by being approachable and actively listening to our children without judgment or interruption. 

By validating their feelings and perspectives, we create a safe space where they feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, concerns, and questions. 

It’s important to prioritize regular conversations where we genuinely engage with our children and show genuine interest in their lives. 

By fostering open communication, we show our children that their voices matter and that we are here to support and guide them. 

Together, we can navigate the ups and downs of life with love, understanding, and an unbreakable bond.

Conclusion: 

Raising Godly children can be hard. Every child is unique, and parenting is an ongoing learning journey. These tips can serve as a foundation for raising godly children, but adapt them to fit your family’s dynamics and values. In the comments below, share your parenting tips to raise Godly children. 

I know some of you may want to dig deeper into how you actually go about sharing your faith with your children, so next week, I’ll be doing a training session called: Strategies for teaching and modelling Christian values to children

If you are looking for some resources to get you started, check out The Family Devotional Starter Kit: A downloadable bundle containing tips, and resources for starting and maintaining family devotional practice.

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Share your best tips for raising Godly children in the comments below.

Guarding Your Kids: 5 Proven Strategies Against Secular Influences

Studies show children are exposed to an average of 8 to 10 hours of media per day, much of which may contain secular messages conflicting with their family’s values and beliefs. Continue to read as I share 5 Proven Strategies Against Secular Influences.

Influences on our children are all around us

In today’s digitally driven world, secular influences on children are more prevalent than ever before. From TV shows and movies to social media and online content, the bombardment of secular ideas can significantly impact a child’s worldview and beliefs.

As parents, it’s important to recognize the nature of these influences and take steps to guide our children’s beliefs and values in a secular society. 

Our role as parents extends beyond providing food and shelter; we are also called to nurture our children’s spiritual and moral development in an increasingly secular world.

In this blog post, we will explore the importance of parents being proactive in guiding their children’s beliefs and values among the frequent secular influences. 

We’ll dive into practical strategies that parents can use to fight these influences and help their children navigate today’s secular world while staying true to their faith and values. 

Guarding Your Kids: 5 Proven Strategies Against Secular Influences

5 Proven Strategies Against Secular Influences

1. Foster Open Communication:

Encouraging honest conversation within the family is important for creating a caring and encouraging atmosphere where children know they are valued, listened to, and comprehended. 

By making open communication a priority parents can develop close connections with their children and set the groundwork for positive relationships founded on trust and mutual respect. 

A. Establish a secure environment 

A crucial part of promoting open dialogue involves establishing a secure environment where children can freely share their thoughts, inquiries, and worries without worrying about criticism or consequences.

This involves actively listening to their children, validating their feelings, and providing a non-judgmental atmosphere where all perspectives are welcomed and respected.

B. Have meaningful conversations with our children 

As parents, we need to have meaningful conversations with our children about faith, values, and beliefs. This is essential in shaping our children’s understanding of the world and their place in it. 

These conversations serve as opportunities for parents to share their beliefs and values while also allowing children to voice their thoughts and interpretations. 

Through these discussions, parents can impart wisdom, guidance, and moral teachings that align with their family’s values and beliefs.

C. How to facilitate effective communication

To have more effective communication, parents can use different techniques such as active listening and validating children’s feelings and perspectives. 

  • Active listening involves giving full attention to what children are saying, paraphrasing their words to ensure understanding, and asking clarifying questions to delve deeper into their thoughts and emotions. 
  • Validating children’s feelings and perspectives demonstrates empathy and understanding, reinforcing their sense of worth and fostering a deeper connection with their parents.

Guarding Your Kids: 5 Proven Strategies Against Secular Influences

2. Create a Strong Family Identity:

Creating a strong family identity is an important part of fostering a sense of belonging, unity, and shared purpose within the family. 

By building a foundation centred on shared values and beliefs, families can form a unified identity that enhances connections and fosters relationships.

A. Set family values and beliefs

One of the key aspects of cultivating a strong family identity is the importance of mutual values and beliefs.

When families have a clear understanding of their core values and beliefs, they can align their actions and choices based on these values, promoting harmony and unity.

By stressing the importance of these shared values, parents can instill a sense of purpose and belonging within their children, creating a strong foundation for each member of the family.

B. Create times of shared experiences

Suggesting activities such as family rituals, traditions, and discussions is a great way to grow the family’s identity and connection. 

These activities provide opportunities for families to come together, celebrate their unique identity, and create lasting memories. 

Whether it’s weekly family dinners, holiday traditions, or bedtime routines, these rituals help strengthen bonds and reinforce the family’s shared values and beliefs. 

C. Share your past experiences

Parents should also encourage open discussions about family history, values, and goals allowing family members to connect on a deeper level and gain a better understanding of their identity as a unit.

I was at a function recently that was talking about things parents can do to help their children make good choices. The speaker shared a connection between parents sharing past failures with decisions the children made in the future.

He shared a study that showed this: Each of us has made mistakes in our past. When we share those mistakes with our children and how those mistakes shaped our lives- our children are less likely to make those same mistakes. BUT- when we don’t open up about our past and we DON’T share our mistakes- our children are much more likely to go and make those same mistakes in the future! 

Why am I sharing this? There is so much wisdom found in scripture- but when we take to time and share personal experiences or stories about our lives that apply to scripture, our children are much more likely to be able to apply those lessons to their own lives and also less likely to make the same mistakes in the future. 

When we take to time to discuss scripture and how it applies to our lives, our children will be more likely to understand that scripture is not just a book of rules to follow but a book of life and lessons that apply to our everyday lives. 

D. Lead by Example

Leading by example is also an important part of creating a strong family identity. 

Parents play a crucial role in shaping the family’s values and beliefs through their actions and behaviours. 

By demonstrating their commitment to these principles in their everyday lives, parents set a positive example for their children to follow. 

Whether it’s volunteering in the community, prioritizing family time, or practicing kindness and empathy, parents can show their children what it means to live by the family’s values and beliefs.

3. Provide Positive Role Models:

Positive role models play a crucial role in shaping children’s beliefs, behaviours, and character development. 

Children often look up to and copy those they admire, making the influence of role models significant in their lives. 

Role models can come from various spheres, including family, community, and faith-based organizations, and they can have a profound impact on children’s moral compass, self-esteem, and aspirations.

It’s essential for parents to surround their children with positive role models who show the values and principles they want to instill. 

By observing and interacting with positive role models, children can learn valuable life lessons and develop positive attitudes and behaviours.

A. Where to find these role models 

Parents can find role models for their children within their family, community, or faith-based organizations. 

Family members, such as parents, grandparents, or older siblings, can serve as role models by displaying positive traits and behaviours. 

Community leaders, teachers, coaches, or mentors can also be positive role models who inspire and guide children in their personal growth and development. 

Being involved in church activities can also provide children access to positive role models who live out the teachings and values of their faith.

Positive role models not only inspire children to be their best selves but also provide them with a sense of guidance and support as they navigate the complexities of growing up.

Guarding Your Kids: 5 Proven Strategies Against Secular Influences

4. Educate & Equip:

It’s really important for kids to learn and think carefully about the things they hear and see, especially in today’s world where there are lots of different ideas and beliefs.

 Parents need to help their kids understand what they believe and why, so they can tell what’s true and what might not be.

Parents can do this by encouraging their kids to ask questions, think about things carefully, and check if the information they’re getting is reliable. 

This helps kids to be smart about what they believe and feel confident in their faith.

There are also lots of good books, videos, and online classes that can help kids learn more about their faith and values. 

These resources show kids different ways to think about things and help them understand why they believe what they do.

It’s important for parents to talk with their kids about what they’re learning and answer any questions they have. 

This helps kids feel safe and supported as they figure out what they believe. 

By doing all of this, parents help their kids grow up strong and sure of themselves, even when they face challenges to their beliefs.

5. Create Community and Support:

Creating a community and support network is important in strengthening children’s faith and values, providing them with a strong foundation. 

When children are surrounded by like-minded families, churches, or religious organizations, they have the opportunity to learn from others who share their beliefs and values. 

These connections offer support and encouragement, helping children navigate challenges and grow in their faith journey.

As a parent, you can also connect with other families who prioritize faith and values. This creates a supportive community where children feel accepted, valued, and understood. 

This sense of belonging is essential for children’s emotional and spiritual well-being, as it reinforces their identity as members of a larger faith community.

In these types of communities, children have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with peers, mentors, and role models who can guide and inspire them in their faith. 

They also have access to resources, such as Bible studies, youth groups, and community service projects, that further reinforce their faith and values.

Conclusion: 

In today’s world children encounter a continuous stream of messages that might contradict their family’s values and beliefs.

As parents, it’s our responsibility to recognize the nature of these influences and take active steps to guide our children’s beliefs and values in a secular society. 

Beyond providing for their physical needs, we can nurture their spiritual and moral development, getting them ready to understand and deal with the challenges of the secular world while keeping their faith and values strong.

In the comments below, share how you help your children fight against secular influences on their lives. 

Guarding Your Kids: 5 Proven Strategies Against Secular Influences

Deepen Your Family’s Roots: 30 Rituals for Christian Homes

In our busy lives, finding time to connect with our family and with God is super important for Christian families. Whether it’s saying a quick prayer before meals or having a deep chat about our beliefs, these little moments help keep us grounded in our faith. Continue to read to discover 30 rituals for Christian homes.

30 Rituals for Christian Homes

These aren’t just boring routines – they’re special ways to bring us closer to each other and to God.

From simple things like praying together as a family and saying grace before meals, to fun traditions like celebrating holidays and having movie nights centered on our faith, there’s something for everyone. 

Each activity is a chance to grow our faith, strengthen our bond as a family, and make some awesome memories along the way.

So come join us as we dive into the heart of Christian family life!

We’ll explore easy ways to build a strong spiritual foundation and make our homes a place filled with love, joy, and faith. 

Whether you’re looking for fresh ideas or ways to make your family rituals even more special, this blog post is here to help you create a home that’s truly blessed.

Deepen Your Family's Roots: 30 Rituals for Christian Homes

Family Rituals:

  • Bible Study Sessions: Schedule regular family Bible study sessions where you read and discuss passages from the Bible together, sharing insights and reflections.
  • Family Prayer Time: Set aside a specific time each day for family prayer, where everyone gathers together to pray and share their intentions.
  • Mealtime Blessings: Begin each meal with a prayer of thanksgiving and blessing, expressing gratitude for the food and each other’s company.
  • Weekly Worship: Attend church together as a family every Sunday, participating in worship services and Sunday school classes.

Attend church together as a family every Sunday, participating in worship services and Sunday school classes.

Weekly Worship

  • Devotional Time: Incorporate daily devotions into your family routine, reading from a devotional book or Bible passage and discussing its significance.
  • Family Singing: Gather as a family to sing hymns and worship songs, either during family devotions or as a standalone activity.
  • Family Fasting: Observe fasting as a family during Lent or other significant seasons of the Christian calendar, focusing on prayer, repentance, and spiritual renewal.
  • Family Retreats: Plan occasional family retreats or weekends away focused on spiritual growth, fellowship, and bonding.
  • Prayer Walks: Take family walks together, using the time to pray, reflect, and connect with God and each other.
  • Bedtime Blessings: End each day with a bedtime blessing, where parents pray over their children and offer words of encouragement and love.

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Family Traditions:

  • Holiday Celebrations: Celebrate Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter with special traditions like attending church services, decorating the home, and exchanging meaningful gifts.
  • Advent Activities: Create an Advent calendar or wreath and participate in daily Advent activities leading up to Christmas, focusing on anticipation and preparation for the birth of Jesus.
  • Easter Egg Hunts: Host an Easter egg hunt with a Christian twist, incorporating Scripture verses or symbols of Jesus’ resurrection into the hunt.
  • Family Mission Trips: Volunteer as a family for mission trips or service projects, serving others in need and sharing the love of Christ.

Volunteer as a family for mission trips or service projects, serving others in need and sharing the love of Christ.

Family Mission Trips

  • Memorial Services: Remember deceased loved ones with annual memorial services or special remembrance rituals, honouring their legacy and the impact they had on the family.
  • Family Baptism Celebrations: Celebrate baptisms within the family with special ceremonies or gatherings, rejoicing in the individual’s commitment to follow Christ.
  • Creation Care: Dedicate time as a family to care for God’s creation by participating in environmental clean-up efforts or gardening together.
  • Faith-Based Movie Nights: Have regular movie nights featuring Christian films or documentaries, followed by discussions about the themes and messages portrayed.
  • Generational Blessings: Pass down family heirlooms, traditions, and stories from one generation to the next, strengthening family ties and preserving Christian heritage.
  • Family Communion: Share communion as a family, either during church services or in a special family ceremony at home, remembering Jesus’ sacrifice and the unity of believers.

Family Discussions:

  • Faith Sharing: Have open discussions about each family member’s faith journey, sharing personal experiences, struggles, and moments of growth.
  • Ethical Dilemmas: Discuss ethical dilemmas and moral issues from a Christian perspective, exploring how biblical principles apply to real-life situations.
  • Current Events: Talk about current events and world issues from a Christian worldview, discussing how to respond with compassion, justice, and faith.
  • Family Values: Clarify and reaffirm your family’s values and beliefs, discussing the importance of integrity, honesty, love, and service.
  • Answering Questions: Create a safe space for children to ask questions about faith, theology, and the Bible, providing thoughtful and age-appropriate answers.

Create a safe space for children to ask questions about faith, theology, and the Bible, providing thoughtful and age-appropriate answers.

Answering Questions

  • Prayer Requests: Share prayer requests as a family, lifting up each other’s needs and concerns in prayer and seeking God’s guidance and provision.
  • Scripture Memorization: Memorize Bible verses together as a family, discussing their meaning and application to everyday life.
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Discuss the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation in family relationships, modelling Christ-like attitudes of grace and forgiveness.
  • Cultural Engagement: Talk about engaging with culture and media from a Christian perspective, discerning what aligns with biblical values and what doesn’t.
  • Family Vision and Goals: Set aside time to discuss and pray about your family’s vision and goals, seeking God’s direction and unity in pursuing His purposes together.

These ideas for family rituals, traditions, and discussions can help Christian families grow closer to God and each other, fostering a strong foundation of faith, love, and spiritual growth within the home.

Deepen Your Family's Roots: 30 Rituals for Christian Homes

20 Simple Active Listening Tips for Parents

In the fast-paced world of parenthood, sometimes it’s easy to forget one of the most fundamental aspects of communication: listening. 

Yet, active listening with our children is the cornerstone of building trust, understanding, and meaningful connections.

 As parents, we often find ourselves juggling numerous responsibilities and distractions, but taking the time to truly listen to our children is paramount for their emotional well-being and the strength of our relationship with them.

In this blog post, we’ll explore 20 simple Active Listening Tips for Parents.

From simple gestures like making eye contact to more nuanced approaches like reflecting back their thoughts, each tip offers a valuable tool for fostering open communication and deepening your bond with your child. 

So, let’s dive in and discover how we can create a supportive and nurturing environment where our children feel heard, understood, and valued.

20 simple active listening tips for parents

1. Give your full attention 

When your child wants to talk to you, it’s super important to give them your full attention. 

That means putting away anything that might distract you, like your phone or the TV. Instead, focus on your child and look them in the eyes. This shows them that you’re really listening and that what they’re saying is important to you. 

Try not to do other things while they’re talking, like checking your email or looking around the room. This can make your child feel like you’re not really interested in what they have to say. 

So, remember to give them your full attention and show them that you care about what’s on their mind.

2. Use open body language

When your child talks to you, it’s good to show them you’re listening by how you act with your body. Try facing them directly and nodding sometimes to let them know you’re interested. Facing them shows you’re paying attention and care about what they’re saying. 

Nodding lets them know you understand and are following along with what they’re talking about. It’s also important to avoid doing things like crossing your arms, which might make them feel like you’re not open to what they’re saying. So, keep your body language open and friendly to make your child feel heard and understood.

3. Encourage your child to express themselves 

It’s important to help your child feel comfortable expressing themselves, and one way to do that is by asking open-ended questions that get them talking. 

Instead of just asking yes or no questions, try asking ones that need more than a simple answer. 

For example

Instead of saying, “Did you have a good day at school?” you could ask, “What was the best part of your day at school today?” 

This gives them a chance to share more about what happened and how they feel.

Encourage your child to share their thoughts and feelings without worrying about being judged or criticized. Let them know that their ideas and opinions are valued and that it’s okay to express themselves freely. 

By creating a safe space for them to talk, you help them develop confidence and communication skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.

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4. Practice patience:

It’s important to be patient and let your child finish what they’re saying without interrupting them. Interrupting can make them feel like you’re not listening or that their thoughts aren’t important. 

So, try to resist the urge to jump in while they’re talking. Instead, wait until they’re done before you respond. 

This gives them the chance to say everything they want to without feeling like they’re being rushed or cut off.

By waiting for your child to finish speaking, you show them that you respect their perspective and value what they have to say. 

It’s a way of letting them know that their thoughts and feelings matter to you. Plus, it encourages them to communicate openly and share their ideas without worrying about being interrupted. 

So, next time your child is talking, try to be patient and give them the space to express themselves fully.

5. Reflect back what your child has said 

When your child tells you something, it’s good to repeat it back to them in your own words. To make sure you understand correctly, you can use phrases like, “So what I hear you saying is…”

This helps make sure you understood them right and clears up any confusion. 

For instance

If they say they’re upset because they didn’t get to play with friends, you might say, “So, you’re feeling frustrated because you didn’t get to hang out with your friends today. Did I get that right?” This way, your child knows you’re really listening and trying to understand how they feel.

Reflecting back what your child said also helps you connect with them better. It shows that you care about what they’re saying and want to make sure you’re on the same page. 

Plus, it can make them feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings with you in the future. 

So, next time your child talks to you about something, try repeating it back to them in your own words to show you’re listening and understanding.

6. Avoid jumping to conclusions or making assumptions 

When you’re trying to understand how your child feels or what they’ve been through, it’s important not to jump to conclusions.

Resist the urge to assume you know everything about their emotions or experiences without hearing their side of the story first. Instead, ask them open-ended questions to learn more about what’s going on in their mind and heart.

This shows that you respect their thoughts and feelings and gives them the space to express themselves without feeling like you’re not really listening to them.

By avoiding assumptions and asking questions, you’re showing your child that you value their perspective and want to understand them better.

This approach helps build trust between you and your child, as they’ll feel more comfortable opening up to you when they know you’re genuinely interested in what they have to say.

Plus, it gives them the freedom to express themselves without worrying about being judged or dismissed. So next time you’re unsure about how your child is feeling, take a moment to listen and ask questions before jumping to conclusions.

7. Validate your child’s emotions

When your child is feeling a certain way, it’s important to let them know that their feelings are okay. Acknowledge what they’re going through by showing empathy and understanding. 

Instead of brushing off their emotions or making them seem unimportant, recognize how they feel by saying something like, “It seems like you’re feeling sad because your friend didn’t want to play with you today.” 

This shows your child that you’re there for them and that it’s okay to feel the way they do.

Validating your child’s emotions creates a safe environment where they feel comfortable expressing themselves without worrying about being judged or criticized. 

When you acknowledge their feelings without judgment, it strengthens your bond with them and helps them feel understood and supported. 

So, next time your child opens up about how they’re feeling, take a moment to validate their emotions and let them know that you’re there for them, no matter what.

8. Express empathy and understanding

Put yourself in your child’s shoes for a moment. Imagine what it’s like to be in their situation and feel what they’re feeling. When you do this, you’re showing empathy – that means you understand and care about their emotions.

 Let them know that you get it by saying things like, “I understand how you feel,” or “I can see why that would make you sad.”

By acknowledging your child’s experiences and feelings, you’re letting them know that their emotions are valid and important. 

This helps them feel heard and supported, which strengthens your relationship with them. So, take the time to show empathy and understanding, and watch as your connection with your child grows deeper and stronger.

9. Use affirming statements

Let your child know that you’re there for them by using supportive words. Say things like, “I understand why you’re feeling that way,” or “It’s okay to feel sad or angry.” This shows that you accept and respect their emotions, no matter what they are.

When you affirm your child’s feelings, you’re telling them that you hear them and that their emotions matter.

This helps them feel understood and valued, which brings them closer together as a family. So, don’t hesitate to offer words of support and validation – it makes a big difference in building trust and open communication with your child.

10. Avoid dismissing or minimizing your child’s feelings

It’s important to respect your child’s feelings, even if you don’t feel the same way. Avoid brushing off or downplaying their emotions. Instead of saying things like “You’re overreacting” or “It’s not a big deal,” take a moment to acknowledge and validate how they feel.

When you validate your child’s feelings, you’re showing them that you care about what they’re going through. This helps build trust and strengthens your bond.

By respecting their emotions, you create a safe space for them to express themselves openly without fear of judgment or rejection. So, next time your child shares their feelings with you, remember to listen and respond with empathy and understanding.

11. Be attentive to nonverbal cues

It’s not just about what your child says – pay attention to how they’re feeling without using words. Watch their body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice. These little signals can tell you a lot about what’s going on inside.

When you notice these nonverbal cues, it helps you understand your child better. You can respond with empathy and show them that you care about what they’re going through.

By tuning in to these cues, you’re not just listening with your ears – you’re listening with your heart. This kind of attention strengthens your relationship and makes communication smoother between you and your child.

12. Create a safe and non-judgmental space 

Make your home a cozy haven where your child can be themselves without worrying about being judged or criticized. Build an environment full of warmth and kindness where your child knows they’re always accepted just as they are.

When your child feels safe and respected, they’ll feel confident opening up and sharing what’s on their mind.

Encourage them to speak freely and know that their thoughts and feelings are important. When your child knows they won’t be judged, they’ll be more likely to share their joys, worries, and everything in between.

By creating this welcoming space, you’re building a strong foundation for honest and meaningful conversations with your child.

13. Encourage your child to share their thoughts and opinions 

Let your child know that their voice matters in the family by inviting them to join in on important conversations and decisions.

Show them that you value their opinions and ideas by actively listening when they speak up. When your child feels heard and included, they’ll feel more confident sharing their thoughts and perspectives.

Encouraging your child to participate in family discussions fosters a sense of independence and empowerment. It shows them that their input is valued and respected, which can boost their self-esteem.

By involving them in decision-making processes, you’re teaching them valuable life skills while strengthening the bond within your family.

14. Practice active listening during everyday activities

Turn everyday routines like meals or car rides into chances to chat and really listen to your child. These moments might seem small, but they’re perfect for having meaningful conversations.

Use this time to ask open-ended questions and show interest in what your child has to say.

When you actively listen during these everyday activities, you’re showing your child that you care about their thoughts and feelings.

This simple act helps build a strong connection between you and your child. It also sets a positive example for how to communicate openly and attentively in any situation.

15. Use positive reinforcement to praise your child

Let your child know how awesome it is when they speak up and share what’s on their mind. Give them a pat on the back or a big smile to show you’re proud of them for expressing themselves.

When you celebrate your child’s efforts to communicate, you’re boosting their confidence and showing them that their thoughts and feelings matter.

This positive encouragement makes them more likely to keep sharing with you in the future. It also helps create a family atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable talking openly and honestly.

16. Avoid criticizing your child’s perspectives

It’s important to remember that everyone has their own way of seeing things, including your child.

So, even if you don’t agree with what they’re saying, try not to put them down or make them feel small for having a different perspective. Instead, show them that you respect their right to think and feel the way they do.

By avoiding criticism and judgment, you’re creating a safe space where your child feels accepted just as they are.

This helps them feel valued and appreciated, which is super important for their confidence and self-esteem.

So, next time your child shares their thoughts with you, try to listen with an open mind and respond with kindness and understanding.

17. Model active listening

Being a good listener is like being a role model for your child. You can show them how to listen carefully and respectfully by doing it yourself. When your child talks to you, give them your full attention.

Show them you’re listening by using encouraging words and repeating back what they’ve said in your own words. This helps them know you understand and care about what they’re saying.

When you practice active listening, you’re teaching your child an important skill. It helps them feel heard and valued, which strengthens your relationship.

Plus, it sets a positive example for how they can communicate with others in their lives. So, next time you’re chatting with your child, remember to listen closely and respond with kindness and empathy.

18. Be patient and understanding

When your child is upset or going through a tough time, it’s important to be patient and understanding. Instead of jumping in with quick solutions, give them the time and space to express themselves.

Let them know you’re there for them no matter what, and that their feelings are important.

By showing patience and understanding, you’re building a strong bond with your child. They’ll feel safe coming to you with their problems and know that you’ll listen without judgment.

This helps them learn to manage their emotions and solve problems on their own, with your support. So, next time your child is upset, take a deep breath and offer them your patience and understanding—it can make a big difference.

19. Practice empathy

It’s essential to understand and empathize with your child’s feelings. By putting yourself in their shoes, you can better understand what they’re going through and how they’re feeling.

Show them that you care by acknowledging their emotions and validating their experiences.

When you practice empathy, you’re showing your child that you’re there for them, no matter what.

You’re creating a safe space where they feel understood and supported. This strengthens your relationship and helps them feel more confident in expressing their emotions and sharing their experiences with you.

So, take the time to listen and empathize with your child—it can make a world of difference.

20. Seek opportunities to deepen your connection with your child 

Spending quality time with your child is key to building a strong relationship. Take the chance to have one-on-one talks and share experiences that bring you closer together.

Whether it’s chatting about their day or doing something fun together, these moments create lasting bonds.

Find activities that you both enjoy and make them a regular part of your routine. Whether it’s playing a game, going for a walk, or cooking together, these shared experiences deepen your connection and create cherished memories.

By prioritizing these moments, you’re showing your child that they’re important to you.

Investing in your relationship with your child pays off in the long run. It builds trust, strengthens communication, and fosters mutual respect. So, take the time to connect with your child—it’s worth every moment.

Conclusion: 

By incorporating these tips into your interactions with your child, you can cultivate a supportive and nurturing environment where they feel heard, understood, and valued.

In the comments below, share your tips on listening to your child. 

10 Christian Parenting Tips for Raising Godly Children

We know what an amazing and important role we have in nurturing our children’s spiritual growth. It’s a journey filled with love and joy. We also have the privilege of helping our children become people who love and honour God. To help you with this task, Im sharing 10 Christian Parenting tips for raising Godly Children. 

10 Christian Parenting Tips for Raising Godly Children

1. Lead by Example

When it comes to raising Godly children, one of the most powerful ways we can teach them is by setting a good example through our own faith. Kids are like little sponges, soaking up everything they see and hear. So, if we want them to develop a strong relationship with God, it’s crucial that we show them what it looks like in our own lives.

Being a role model means living out our faith authentically and consistently. It means demonstrating love, kindness, honesty, and integrity in our daily interactions. 

Our children are always watching, whether we realize it or not. So, let’s make sure we’re showing them what it means to follow Jesus with our words and actions.

2. Teach and Discuss Scripture

In our journey of raising Godly children, one of the key ways we can teach them about God is to read and talk about The Bible. 

The Bible is filled with wisdom, guidance, and stories that can shape our children’s hearts and minds. 

When reading the Bible with our children, it’s important to explain the context and background of the passages. This can bring the stories to life and help them connect with the characters and events. 

We can encourage their curiosity by asking open-ended questions. This allows them to express their thoughts, share their insights, and develop a deeper understanding of the Scriptures.

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3. Pray Together

Praying together as a family is a great way to deepen our relationship with one another and with God. 

It doesn’t have to be complicated or lengthy – it’s simply about coming together, sharing our hearts, and lifting our voices in prayer.

Find a quiet and cozy spot where you can gather as a family, whether it’s around the dinner table, in a comfy corner of your home, or even outdoors. 

Take turns leading the prayer or invite everyone to participate by expressing their gratitude and sharing their prayer requests. 

Remember, there are no right or wrong words when talking to God. 

Encourage your children to speak from their hearts and share their thoughts and feelings. 

As you pray together, trust that God is listening and that He delights in the voices of your family. Let this time of prayer be a source of comfort, strength, and unity as you grow in your faith and love for one another.

4. Foster a Relationship with God

Help your children develop a personal relationship with God through prayer, worship, and listening to His voice. Encourage them to seek Him in all aspects of life.

That means giving them the tools they need to grow in their faith and become a disciple. 

In our family, it also means letting them lead their relationship with God when they want to take communion or get baptized. 

We also make sure Friday nights are free so we can take our teenagers to youth groups and encourage them to create and keep deeper relationships with friends who will encourage them in their faith.

5. Instill Moral Values

Teach your children the importance of moral values such as kindness, honesty, forgiveness, and respect for others. 

Help them understand the significance of living out these values.

Through age-appropriate discussions and real-life examples, we can help them understand the impact of their actions on those around them.

Encourage them to make choices that align with these values, guiding them to consider the well-being of others and the principles taught in the Bible.

6. Create a Safe and Loving Home Environment

Build a home where your children feel secure, loved, and accepted. Provide a nurturing environment that fosters emotional and spiritual growth.

Be slow to anger and quick to listen.

Listen to their problems and ask what they need. 

Give them space to work out their faith and support their journey. 

7. Set Clear Boundaries

Establish reasonable and consistent boundaries for your children. Teach them self-discipline, responsibility, and the consequences of their choices.

God’s presence and His laws provide a sense of safety and protection for us. 

This is like a study conducted with children playing in a fenced schoolyard. Beyond the fence, there was a vast natural area with big trees and exciting things. 

However, when the fence was removed to give the children more space, they actually stayed closer to the building. 

Why? 

Because the boundary made them feel secure, and that instinctual need for safety kicked in. 

This study teaches us an important lesson: true freedom isn’t about having no boundaries; it’s about having the right boundaries that keep us safe. 

When we embrace God’s boundaries, we find the freedom to truly enjoy and experience joy in our lives. 

So, let’s teach our children about God’s loving boundaries so they can embrace the safety and freedom that He offers us.

8. Encourage Service and Generosity

Teach your children the joy of serving others and sharing their blessings. Engage in acts of kindness as a family, such as volunteering or helping those in need.

We can inspire them by setting an example of generosity ourselves and involving them in acts of service. 

Whether it’s volunteering together as a family, helping a neighbour in need, or donating to a worthy cause, these experiences teach our children the value of selflessness and the joy that comes from making a positive impact in someone else’s life.

By nurturing a spirit of service and generosity in our children, we empower them to be a source of goodness and kindness in the world, spreading love and making a difference in the lives of others.

9. Cultivate a Culture of Gratitude

Teach your children to appreciate and express gratitude for God’s blessings and the kindness of others. Foster a thankful attitude in daily life.

We can do this by leading by example and expressing gratitude for the blessings in our own lives. 

Engaging in conversations about gratitude and highlighting the little joys and moments of appreciation in daily life can help our children develop a grateful mindset. 

Encourage them to express gratitude to others, whether it’s through a simple “thank you” or a heartfelt note of appreciation. 

By nurturing gratitude in our children, we open their eyes to the beauty and abundance that surrounds them, fostering contentment, joy, and a deeper appreciation for life’s blessings.

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10. Encourage Open Communication

Create an atmosphere of open communication, where your children feel comfortable discussing their questions, doubts, and concerns. 

We can encourage open communication by being approachable and actively listening to our children without judgment or interruption. 

By validating their feelings and perspectives, we create a safe space where they feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, concerns, and questions. 

It’s important to prioritize regular conversations where we genuinely engage with our children and show genuine interest in their lives. 

By fostering open communication, we show our children that their voices matter and that we are here to support and guide them. 

Together, we can navigate the ups and downs of life with love, understanding, and an unbreakable bond.

Conclusion: 

Every child is unique, and parenting is an ongoing learning journey. These tips can serve as a foundation for raising godly children, but adapt them to fit your family’s dynamics and values. In the comments below, share your christian parenting tips to raise Godly children. 

8 Ways to Teach Emotions to Your children

Raising a toddler is tough. There aren’t one-size-fits-all rules, there are no guarantees, and we don’t win any prizes when we make clever choices.
Instead we resort to trial and error when we teach and discipline our kids. We learn from the mistakes other parents make and we also rely on each other’s hard-won victories. Today, I am going to share 8 ways to teach emotions to your children.

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Toddlers may be small, but they have enormous feelings that they probably have no idea how to express. In turn, they may act out (scream, hit, or bite) or retreat (cry, hide, or lie) in an effort to make sense of what they’re feeling.

As the parents, it’s not enough to be patient. We need to proactively coach our children on the concept of emotions, including explaining what they are and how to deal with them.  

8 ways to teach emotions to your children

1. Model your emotions

Kids like to imitate our actions and repeat our words. They are like sponges that soak up whatever is happening around them. Knowing this, we need to be aware of our everyday behaviour, especially our interactions with others.

For example, if you swear loudly when you spill wine on your rug, your toddler will think it’s OK to swear whenever you make a mistake.

Instead, say something like, “I really wish I hadn’t spilt this because it’s going to leave a stain, but it was just an accident. Let’s see if we can make it better.”

2. Read about emotions

There are so many stories for children that focus on feelings and how to express different emotions.

When you read to your child, pay attention to these themes. There are books written about understanding emotions, sometimes even an entire book will be devoted to one feeling.

Books that teach about emotions

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  • The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!
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  • What to Do When You Worry Too Much
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3. Name the emotions

Emotions are especially scary for kids because they aren’t visible, tangible things. However, if you give these feelings a name, they may begin to make more sense.

For example, the next time your little one throws his plate because you won’t give him another slice of cake, consider your reaction.

Instead of scolding (“stop that right now!”), try saying “I know you’re mad because you can’t have more cake. But throwing your plate is not going to make the mad go away.”

Another way to help your child name emotions is by showing them flashcards that have faces on them showing different emotions. Showing kids different emotions through pictures is a great way for them to recognize what emotions look like in others.

4. Notice all emotions

Kids are always watching what’s going on around them. Take advantage of this and observe how others are behaving and interacting with each other.

When you notice a woman laughing, point it out to your child and comment that she must be happy and not sad if she’s laughing so much.

Ask your toddler to point out another “happy” person.  This is a great way to illustrate emotions and to highlight how people act in various social situations.

5. Play with emotions

Have you ever played “What am I Feeling?” with your little one? Take turns making different facial expressions and sounds and guessing what emotion is being portrayed. Use a mirror so your toddler can see what she looks like when she’s “mad” or “sad” or “silly.”

You could also draw faces with different emotions or use emotional flashcards to illustrate various feelings. The more you play these types of games, the sooner your toddler will be able to connect how someone looks with how they are feeling.

Tools and toys that teach emotions to children

  • I Know What to Do Cards
  • Mood Cards
  • Mindful Games Activity Cards: 55 Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with Kids and Teens
  • Anger Management Workbook for Kids

6. Run with emotions

When you get the feeling that  child is about to lose his cool in a way that’s not productive for anyone, distract him with a game of chase, tag, or follow the leader. Get him to move his body, get his blood flowing, and get his mind on something else.

Physical activity is an awesome stress reducer. Exercise may also work to calm his high emotions long enough to make sense of the current situation.

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7. Watch for emotions

One of the ways you can teach emotions to your children is by making the most out of a TV show you are watching. You can do this pointing out the range of emotions the characters are exhibiting.

Ask your child what their favourite characters do they do differently when they’re happy or when they’re sad. 

Examine photographs or pictures and have similar discussions about what the different faces are revealing to us.

8. Listen for emotions

This may not be the most exciting way to teach emotions, but it’s one of the best. It’s all about being plugged in and present. Listen carefully when your toddler tries to describe what’s going on inside her head and heart.

Of course, there will be times when you’ll want to react right away, but remember that she needs to practice “talking it out.”

In their shoes

Raising a toddler sure is tough, but being a toddler isn’t always a bed of roses. As adults, we need to put ourselves in their little shoes and realize that good communication requires practice and patience.

But even before we can expect our kids to tell us how they’re feeling, we need to teach them how to identify the myriad of emotions they experience in one day.

In the comments below, share the ways you teach your child about emotions. Please share this post with others. Thank you.

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9 things to do to have a close family

One of my goals as a parent is to have a close family.

In today’s post, I will share with you 9 things you can do to have a close family.

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My parents and family are some of my closest friends. I respect their opinion and like their company. My goal as a parent is to have the same relationship with my kids. But how do I foster that type of relationship with my kids?

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9 things to do to have a close family

1. Friendship is important

Having friends is vital to our well-being as people. But it should start at home. One of the keys to parenting successfully is fun and friendship.

The reason my friend and I couldn’t seem to get together was that we were both prioritizing our families, and protecting that valuable family time.

Family time is essential to good parenting. I talked about in a previous post the necessity of being present to parent. You can’t parent at all if you aren’t there. But being present doesn’t always mean time spent as a family.

2. The family that plays together stays together

It’s a cliche saying, but it’s so true. If you want a relationship with your kids once they are grown and gone (and I think most of us do!) then you need to create those bonds and memories now.

A great way to bond with your kids is to have fun with them. Learn what they love to do and do it with them.

Turn up the music and have a dance party. Play games and have wrestling matches. Anything that makes your child smile and have fun with you is a great idea. These moments create bonds that last a lifetime.

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3. Family traditions

One of the best ways to connect with your kids is by forming family traditions.  You know — Saturday morning pancakes, or Friday night movie night.

Those rituals that you always do with your kids, from the daily good-morning hug to the yearly trip to the Christmas tree farm. These are the memories that create family bonds and memories, and that holds your family together.

One of our favourite traditions in my family is our yearly Christmas ornament. I started this when my first child was born. Even though she was only a few days old, I took her to the store, and chose an ornament with her, for our Christmas tree.

And every year since, I have taken my children to choose ornaments. I label them with the name and date in sharpie on the bottom somewhere. And every year, my kids get excited about unwrapping their ornaments from our boxes, remembering the year we bought it and hanging “their” ornament on the tree. They discuss for weeks what kind of ornament they’ll get this year. It’s a family bond that I treasure.

Types of traditions you can start

There are many types of traditions you can start as a family.

Daily, it could be the bedtime rituals you put your kids to bed with — storytime or night prayers.

Maybe it’s a weekly family board game night? Or a specific kind of meal you have once a month, that everyone helps to make. It could be as small as the “I love you” game my oldest daughter and I have.

We used to say it to each other when she was little, and now we do it via texting! (Teens and technology lol) Or it could be a huge thing that you plan for every year, such as a summer barbeque that you invite the whole neighbourhood too.

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Create traditions with your kids. Have fun with them. They’ll remember it for the rest of their life.

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4. Choose your family

There’s an old saying that says you can’t choose your family, but you choose your friends. Having fun as a family helps create these bonds between the members of the family. We have fun, and we develop a friendship. Family fun makes friends out of our family.

One of my favourite things about homeschooling my children is seeing how they are each other’s best friends. They are sisters, of course, and like all siblings, they squabble and bicker at times.

But if you were to ask them who their best friend is, every single one of them would answer with their sisters’ names.


You may not choose who your family is, but you can choose to make friends with your family. One of the best ways to do this is to have fun as a family.

5. Foster friendships between your kids

I love seeing the friendship between my children. There is an ebb and flow to who plays with who, and who is getting along better right now, but the genuine liking that my kids have for each other shines. They love each other, of course. But they also like each other. A lot. And that’s huge.

I don’t have that relationship with my brother. Growing up, even though we were very close in age, we were so very different, that we did not get along. And my parents mostly concentrated on keeping the peace (I don’t blame them! Squabbling kids are no fun!) Today, my brother is an amazing man, husband, and father. I admire him — from a distance.

I hope for more for my children. Ideally, I want them to be close as adults. I’d love it if when one gets engaged, or gets a new job, or wins a scholarship, that the second person (after me) they called would be a sister. Or all their sisters! I want them to have big family gatherings, long after I’m gone. I want my children to be friends.

6. Be your kids’ best friend

My teenage daughter and I are friends. But I’m not her best friend. Yet. We’re working on it. It’s a huge part of parenting, and she is my firstborn, so I’m still learning how this is going to work. Because, while I want to be her friend, I’m also her mother.

When your children are little, they love being around mom and dad. They copy us, they tag along and get underfoot, and they listen and watch everything we do. We parents are their best friend.

It doesn’t always stay that way unless you work at it. I didn’t always do that with my oldest daughter, concentrating too much on being “in charge” and not enough on the relationship I wanted to have with my child. Being their friend means honouring their own choices, and inviting them, not dictating to them.

Yes, we’re still the parent. And there are times, especially when they are young and too immature to understand, that I need to make choices for them. But friendship means I listen to what they say, and even if they don’t like my choice, they feel heard. Friendship starts with respect.

7. Your kids are not your best friend

Even though I want to be my children’s best friend, it isn’t wise or even appropriate that they be my best friend. As their parent, I need to protect my children, as much as I can, from the dramas and hard choices of adulthood. It is not fair to them to use them as my support when they are too young to handle that pressure.

It would be like expecting a sapling to hold up the weight of a treehouse. You don’t build treehouses in young trees. You build them in mature trees because only mature trees can support the structure without breaking. Children can’t support adults the way other adults can support each other.

As parents, we need to find our support and our friends outside of our children. Ideally, that would be your spouse, of course. But those of us without spouses must be extra vigilant to connect with other adults, and not put our children in the role of being our best friends.

8. Fun and friendship

Being a good parent is really about the relationship you have with your children. Yes, being consistent and truthful is important. Yes, obviously, you need to be present.

And just as obviously, you need to check-in and check up on your kids. But it all boils down to the relationship. Is there friendship in your family?

Be your kids’ friend. Have fun with them. And watch your relationship grow.. and your parenting becomes easier and better than ever.

8. Take a break

Having time together as a family is important. But, to truly enjoy the time you have together it’s important to take a break once in a while.

Recently, it was one of those days. It had been coming on for a while, but I needed a break but it was hard to find the time and place in our schedule.

I wanted to connect with friends of ours, and it just seemed we couldn’t coordinate our calendars. We’d each proposed several trips, playdates, or other get-togethers over the course of several weeks. And it never worked out.

Finally, we both managed to make time for fun.  It was soo good. I spent a morning with friends, getting in a good adult conversation with other women I knew wasn’t going to judge me, who liked me and appreciated what I had to say — while my children and theirs played happily together.

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