Going Shopping for Baby! Tips for New Moms

Going Shopping for Baby! Tips for New Moms

Mother's Day is just around the corner and many new mothers are excited to go shopping for their little one!  Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your shopping experience.   New parents have a lot of important things that they must consider. They need to schedule medical appointments to make sure their baby is healthy. They also need to buy items such as a car seat, stroller, high chair and a crib. There will of course be many purchases of baby food, formula, diapers and wipes. … [Read more...]

How Having Pets at Home Help Promote Values

How Having Pets at Home Help Promote Values

Today's guest post comes from Hillary Smith.   Hillary Smith loves technology and hasn’t met a gadget that didn’t catch her attention. After graduating from the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism, Hillary began a career as a freelance writer focusing on the telecommunications industry. She works out every day and spoils her English bulldog, Chauncey. Maybe it will happen over Christmas time. Maybe it will happen on your child’s birthday. Maybe it will happen on some idle Sunday … [Read more...]

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...]