Author: Dan Scott

Give Your Kids Something to Do

Without fail, it comes every week: trash night. Now, normally this happens around 10:00 pm the night before trash day when I’m scrambling around the house grabbing every trash bag, quickly shoving them into the bin, and rushing them out to the curb. But on this one night in particular we were on top of it, and it was early enough to enlist some help from our kids. My two girls were working on homework and my oldest son was at soccer practice, but my youngest looked like he needed something to do. He’s seven. So I know he...

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Stories that Teach Forgiveness

Forgiveness can be hard. We all have this tendency to our hurt and carry it around like a weight in a backpack. We just keep piling in those hurts, until we bend and break beneath the weight of our bitterness. Even as adults, this is something we’re prone to do. No matter how we try forgiveness doesn’t seem to be our natural instinct. Imagine how difficult it must be for our kids. They’re just learning to grapple with the emotions associated with hurt. Friends can be fickle. Hurt people hurt people. And our kids are left aching from the...

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How to Help Kids Love to Learn

Albert Einstein once said, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” It’s well known that Einstein was never one for the classroom. While he excelled in many of his studies, school left him frustrated. He eventually dropped out of school when he was fifteen. His personal value of school aside, Einstein had something beyond the book of knowledge that drove his ongoing discovery of the world. He had grit, curiosity, and a thirst for learning that drove his brilliant advances in science and mathematics. While we know that most of us don’t have an Einstein living...

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Teach Courage Through Stories

We want our kids to understand how best to treat their neighbor, follow God, and trust Him no matter what. We could explain the facts of why they should, have them memorize the verses, or lecture them on what will happen if they don’t. Or we could tell them a story. More often than not, the story will do more to help that child understand and respond to the truth than all the explanation you give. As author Steven James writes, “Humans are rarely interested in truth unless it’s wrapped up in a story.” Not only are stories the...

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Get Ready for the Questions Coming Your Way

Several nights ago our daughter came to us with a curious look in her eyes, almost as if she was embarrassed or did something wrong and on the verge of tears. We dropped what we were doing and asked what was wrong, but she was hesitant to let whatever was bubbling below the surface come out for us to hear. After some back and forth, she finally told us what was on her mind. She had questions—lots of questions about . . . faith and God. Jesus and how salvation works. what heaven like and why people believe different...

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