Materialistic, Messy Monsters

I should be a minimalist. After all, about once a week, I imagine how liberating it would feel to pack up 90% of all my kids’ toys, and sling them out of the second floor window of my home.  Clutter free carpet.  Beds that have nothing underneath them.  Kitchen islands that are only for preparingContinue reading “Materialistic, Messy Monsters”

Parenting Young Children: Ask Specific Questions

I get the unique opportunity to ask kids BIG questions in a setting that is somewhat pressure free. “Are there things that you DON’T want to talk to your parents about?” Every hand goes up in the air. It surprises me every time. I go on to explain to them that you guys (the parents)Continue reading “Parenting Young Children: Ask Specific Questions”

If a kid walked into my office right now?

A few years ago, I filled out a cheesy spiritual gifts questionnaire at a local women’s event. Of course, I scored high in all the things I liked: charisma, intuition, teaching.  I got two stinking points in evangelism. My thoughts: I’m a “go with the flow” kinda person…not looking to step on any toes…and not lookingContinue reading “If a kid walked into my office right now?”

Can you concentrate??

As a volunteer with kids, a teacher, or a kidmin…how do you create an atmosphere that consistently draws kids’ minds to your voice.   Here are some tools that I use…in no particular order: Holy Spirit:  NEVER underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit to capture kids’ attention.  It’s THE thing I look for and noticeContinue reading “Can you concentrate??”

Bring it…don’t wing it…

How many times have you sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?”  I am obligated to sing it every. single. night. around 9:00…to a two year old who can’t/won’t go to sleep without it  (along with two blankets/three dolls/a sippy cup/a night light/a kiss and hug from every person and pet in the house/and a prayer forContinue reading “Bring it…don’t wing it…”