Author: Holly Crawshaw

Practicing Faith Skills With Your Kids

If you’re a parent with a faith of your own, chances are it’s important to you to instill solid, character-building, faith-growing practices in the daily habits of your children. If you’re a parent, and you’re anything like me, thinking about being responsible for the development of someone else’s faith feels like immense pressure—like rhino-on-my-chest level pressure. Meanwhile, I’m over here multitasking my time with God, with drying my hair, brushing my teeth, shaving my armpits, all while wiping down the bathroom sink. And I’m supposed to teach my daughters how to create healthy spiritual disciplines? Send help. SOS. Somebody put my kids on your church prayer list! But let me give you (us) some hope—just thinking about teaching our kids spiritual disciplines is a huge step in the right direction. Our thoughts steer our actions, and our actions are required when it comes to parenting with intentionality. That being said . . . just thinking about anything doesn’t really accomplish much (as in it accomplishes nothing). Unfortunately, daydreaming about hours spent on a treadmill will not actually do a thing to work off the Boston Crème donuts I indulged in this morning. Sigh. Like with all parenting principles, teaching your kids how to pursue a relationship with their heavenly Father takes action, consistency, and patience. Here at Parent Cue, we have identified four faith skills that we want every kid...

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A Year of New Days

We spent a lot of time with my grandparents growing up. We rode four-wheelers through the woods, cooked biscuits from scratch, and watched the same movies over and over again. One of those movies featured a favorite character of mine, Anne (with an ‘e’) Shirley.  There’s a quote by Anne that has always stuck with me: “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” I’m going to level with you – 2015 was not my best showing. I fell short…a lot. I lacked consistent quiet times, I was lazy in...

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Christmas Gifts That Won’t Clutter

We’ve all been there. It’s mid-March. The holidays have come and gone. The weather is slowly warming back up. Life has returned to normal. After the kids are in bed, you walk back through your quiet house, turning off lights, making lunches for the next day. As you’re about to head to bed (AKA catching up on Netflix shows), you peek into the kids rooms or the playroom. And you almost pass out. Because what you see looks like the aftermath of a nuclear explosion. All those toys, puzzles, and pop-up tents (that never fit back into their tiny...

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Just Wear The Stupid Gym Shorts

Am I the only Mama who feels like 5:00pm – 7:00pm are the worst hours of the day? I mean, what good occurs between 5:00pm – 7:00pm? Nobody likes what we had for dinner. You can smell my cat’s litter box from the driveway. The dishes are teetering over the edge of the sink. I can’t understand my 1st grader’s homework. I’m tired. My girls are tired. Let’s be honest – even the cat’s in a bad mood. And yet… it’s still… not… bedtime. I call these hours the Evening Vortex. It’s never-ending. If you call or text me...

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I Feel Like a Failure

I just got off the phone with my best friend since 7th grade. Her name is Megan*, and she is one of my favorite people on Earth. First, she makes a mean grilled cheese, and second, she is one of the most loyal people I know. Now, between Megan and I, there are five kids. We’re lucky to get a few texts out to each other a day. They usually look like this: Me: Ezzy peed on the white rug. I need a new one. Megan: I could use a few throw pillows. Me: Home Goods? Megan: Tuesday? Me:...

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