Sometimes our children are tempted to give up when things get hard, or when something is taking too long, or things are not working out the way they had planned (or insert any other difficulty here). Here are some incredible stories of children (and adults) who did not give up when faced with difficulties.
I wanted to introduce you to one of our favorite vintage children’s books, We Were Tired of Living in a House by Liesel Moak Skorpen. This book is about a group of children who decide to leave their home in search of a new place to live. They try out a tree, a cave, a pond, the seashore, and then, after a series of mishaps, eventually decide to move back home. This is one book that I don’t mind reading over and over, which is a good thing because my little girl loves to hear it.
To be a lifegiving parent you need the life of Christ within you. Many parenting books focus on technique or methods of discipline. By contrast, Clay and Sally Clarkson’s new book focuses on the kind of parent you need to be to pass on the life of God to our children — hence the title — The Lifegiving Parent.
My preschool daughter loves books and she also loves worksheets, so I’ve created some Snowy Day Printables to go with one of her favorite books– The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats.
The worksheets include a lot of cut and paste activities because she loves doing those. I’ve tried to keep most of the cutting lines straight so that your little ones can do most of the cutting themselves. The worksheets include number activities using the numbers 1-5 and letter activities using the “s” sound. They also cover sequencing, opposites, and comprehension activities.
I love Sally Clarkson’s writings. She always encourages me to love my family more intentionally, more patiently, more joyfully– and her newest book, The Lifegiving Table was no different.
Even before I was finished reading the introduction, I was reminded that no matter what my parenting views or methods, having a relationship with my children is one of the most important things that I can do. I see that now ever more clearly that most of my children are teens or close to teens.
We’ve been studying the Civil War lately. Here are some of the resources we’ve used. My boys are ages nine to sixteen so the resources span a wide age range. War is obviously a violent time in history and the Civil War especially so. The casualties caused by the Civil War easily outrank any other war that America has been part of.
My daughter loves to be read to. It’s one of her favorite things to do. That’s why I was delighted to come across the new children’s book, Your Magnificent Chooser by John Ortberg.
Your Magnificent Chooser is a beautiful book with delightful illustrations and rhyming text (it reminds me of Dr. Seuss).
I’ve been trying to read more to my two-year-old. I’ve found that if I have beautiful books on hand that I enjoy reading that is much easier to do. Here’s a list of some beautiful picture books we’ve been enjoying these wintry days. You might want to grab a few from your library and snuggle up in your favorite chair with your little one
“Do you know what pliable means?” my mom said as she looked up from the book she was reading. We were in the middle of Pilgrim’s Progress and had reached the part where Pliable and Obstinate were trying to convince Christian to turn back from his dangerous journey.
“If something is Pliable it means it can be easily bent around– like play-dough,” my mom went on.
Books make the best gifts. And books in a series are even better because once you find a good thing, it’s always great to have more. Here are some book series we’ve enjoyed as a family.