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Author: Danielle Ford

Disappointment and Despair

Helping our children deal with disappointment can lead to healthy and happy adulthood for them.  On the other hand, if children do not have the capacity to cope with the small disappointments of their childhood, they may be reduced to a state of despair when the challenges of the real world hit them. If we protect our children from all disappointment they will not be ready for even the smallest let downs of adulthood.  We know there will be disappointments and learning to deal with them will create an atmosphere of victory and a belief in their ability to...

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Become a Volunteer and Change your Life and the World

There are many benefits of becoming a volunteer.  Most of the benefits or the blessings that come from volunteering are not just for the ones you have helped or what you may have changed.  As it turns out, the one who reaches out and volunteers get blessed so much more than the one who was helped. We have always told our kids that there is a transaction when you give of your time talents and treasures.  Yes, you are a part of blessing someone who may be in need and you gave something that helped him or her.  What...

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Expect Amazing

Expectations can be self-fulfilling.  Many times what you plan for or expect is close to what becomes a reality.  For example, if you expect something bad will happen it usually does.  On the other hand, when you expect something to turn out positive and you keep on working at it with positive expectations, it usually does. Let’s help our children live abundantly and teach them to expect amazing things to happen as they live their lives.  Discuss the following questions to begin a conversation about expectations.     Table Topics | Question 1 How do your expectations influence the...

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The Noise of a Happy Family

Have you ever closed your eyes and listened to your family? You may hear kids wrestling with one another, music in a back bedroom and the laughter of the imagination of kids playing together. What if you closed your eyes and heard nothing? Recently, after an Easter get together, one mom said, “Listen to all this fun!” I asked her what she meant and she said, “This is the sound of a happy family”. We both just looked around and smiled back at each other in agreement. Later that evening, when everyone had left, Bill and I recounted the...

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Spring is a Season

As the spring season awakens nature from its winter sleep, the warmer weather brings more than April showers and May flowers.  Spring is also a time for renewal in many areas of our family life.  With the school year almost over, graduations, and typically a few weddings, we are reminded of the promises of the future in the spring season.  Use these conversation starters to encourage your children to dream of their future and to understand that life also has seasons. Table Topics | Question 1 What do you like most about spring? r Discover Ask your children to...

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