My Reading Hat: The Power of Ritual in a Child’s Life

Children thrive on ritual. Just think back to your own childhood. Did you recite the same prayer every night before falling asleep? What about asking your mother to read the same book over and over again “just one more time”? … Continue reading

My “Once-in-a-Lifetime” Grandmother

“A house needs a grandma in it.”—Louisa May Alcott Nonna Anna stepped into my seven-year-old life with laughter, love, and lore. As the day of her arrival from Italy approached, my heart swelled with excitement and anticipation. It would be … Continue reading

A Wonderful Way to Share the Bible Story With Children

Two years ago I was invited to a mission event to teach children about Latin America. We’d gathered around our interactive map and labeled the Amazon River, the rain-forests and the mountains in Peru. We’d talked about how the children … Continue reading

Pumpkins and Jesus

Whether or not you choose to participate in Halloween, your kids will be aware of the holiday. Our secular society loves this holiday because it means big sales for the stores. Costumes, candy, and eerie decorations fly off the shelves … Continue reading

Three Keys to Effective Discipline

My mother-in-law was a wise woman. Once, when my husband and his older brother were young children, they had a terrible argument. As a means of helping them resolve their differences, my mother-in-law made each of her two boys wash … Continue reading