Tech or Outside Play: What do kids prefer?

Tech or Outside Play: What do kids prefer?

Today's blog post comes from guest writer, Hilary Smith.  You can read her bio at the end of the article. Can you remember the feeling of crawling into bed completely exhausted from a long day spent playing outside as a child? Quite a few of us can recall those days and evenings that were spent riding bicycles, playing “kick the can” with neighborhood kids, or chasing flickering lightning bugs into the twilight. We knew it was time to head in when the street lights popped on or our … [Read more...]

The February Freeze and Giving Kids Money

The February Freeze and Giving Kids Money

Here in the Whitney household, we've just completed the February Freeze.  It's an annual tradition where we try to only spend money on the bare essentials during the entire month of February.  It's a great way to reset our spending habits after the holidays and to remember just how much we already have.  Dinners can get pretty creative and every year, we learn that there's a lot that we can do without. This year was the first year that we explained the February Freeze to the kids.  We … [Read more...]

Pass It On: Amazing New Resource for Parents!

Jim Burns has done it again!  Together with Jeremy Lee, Burns has produced an amazing resource for parents who wish to pass on a legacy of faith to their children. About the Book: Most parents spend more time helping their kids succeed at academics or athletics than infusing shared spiritual experiences into the rhythm of everyday family life. While the idea of strategically passing down our faith can seem intimidating, the annual Rites of Passage Experiences contained in Pass It On … [Read more...]

Orange Thinking in Kidmin: What’s it All About?

Orange Thinking in Kidmin: What’s it All About?

Note: This is a repost from the early days of the Growing Kids Ministry blog. Think Orange by Reggie Joiner was a important book in my Kidmin journey and I thought I would highlight it again for those of you who may be new to the Children's Ministry scene.   Grab Your Copy of: Think Orange on Amazon! The basic premise of thinking orange is this: Image from St. Simon's Community Church The Orange Movement among churches strives to rise above the traditional "family based ministry" … [Read more...]

Truth in Tinsel: Week One Highlights

Truth in Tinsel: Week One Highlights

Have you checked out the Truth in the Tinsel ebook yet? It is one of THE BEST resources I've seen for very young children during the Advent season.  It's great way to slow down and savor the month of December (hard task!) and to really focus on the true Christmas story in the weeks leading up to the celebration of Christ's birth.   Here are some highlights from the first year we went through the book.   Want a quick snapshot of the first week in Truth in Tinsel?  Then you've come to … [Read more...]

We are AWANA Cubbies!

We are AWANA Cubbies!

I opened my front door to see a giant "Blogger Box" on my front porch.  I'm always a fan of packages, but this one was an exceptionally fun surprise.  I quickly cut open the box to find a myriad of treasures inside. As you can see, my own two children were perched on the edge waiting to get their hands on the goodies!  This box was filled with puppets, a curriculum book, shirts, badges, large story pictures, postcards, and more!  Here's a few more pictures to show you the goods! Isn't that … [Read more...]