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Why Kids (and Parents) Need Routine

“What is going on? Why is he having a meltdown when we tell him it’s bedtime? He’s nine!” My husband and I slumped into seats across from each other at the kitchen table. The sticky, crumb-laden tabletop scattered with homework papers and other backpack entrails...

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Growing Knowledge

Every year, two professors from a small college in Wisconsin publish a “Mindset” list to remind us that every freshman has a completely different knowledge base than previous generations. Maybe you’ve seen the list. For example, this year, the class...

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Best of 2016

There’s no better way to start off a new year than a Year in Review list. The best of the best all at once! Here are our top 5 posts on Parent Cue in 2016 – 1. THE SIMPLEST WAY TO TEACH YOUR KIDS SELF CONTROL We define self-control as: “Choosing to do what...

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A Kid’s Christmas Story

Joseph leads Mary through the backwoods in a red wagon, an angel sweeps in on a tire swing, and wise men celebrate with sparklers. Gather your family around and watch the Christmas story from Luke 1 and 2 told from a kid’s perspective. The Christmas Story Video...

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Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Choosing Joy at Christmas Christmas can feel complicated. We can feel lots of emotions at once: harried with many things to do, spread thin inside a calendar filled with parties and people you may or may not actually want to see, longing for—or freedom...

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The Worst Year Ever: 4 Ways to Save Christmas

I have had the worst year ever. I don’t mean compared to other peoples’ years. I’m not so ignorant as to think that I have a particularly hard life when compared to so many others. However. In my world, 2016 has been one heck-of-a roller coaster. But not like a...

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How to Find the Perfect Gift

Right before Thanksgiving, I sat down with my granddaughters, ages six and three, with a Christmas toy catalog. As we turned the pages the oldest circled and put our initials by the toys we each said we’d like for Christmas. The girls picked out dolls and princess...

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3 Ways to Make Sure You Don’t Miss Christmas

Christmas is about 7 minutes long when you have kids. One minute it’s Thanksgiving and the next you’re putting away your ornaments. Nothing moves as fast as the holidays and it’s no wonder that so many people find this time of year stressful. How do you make sure you make the most of your Christmas?

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Christmas in Hurt Park (FREE Advent Calendar!)

This is the time of year when joy should abound, yet many of us still find ourselves searching for it. Homes are filled with families rushing through the season filling their schedules and shopping carts to overflowing. But, as you already know, these things just don’t produce the joy for which our souls were created. Maybe it’s because joy is not a thing to be found, but a person to be known. And, when we choose to live as Jesus showed us, joy will naturally follow—much like the Christmas my family spent in Hurt Park.

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3 Ways to Help Your Kids with Peer Pressure

“If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?” My mom, and most likely every mom ever, used to say this to me when I was young. She wasn’t specifically worried about me jumping off a bridge. That wasn’t a popular thing to do in our town. Instead, she was using...

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Read It Again

When our oldest daughter was a preschooler, her favorite book was the “bird story.” Countless times she would say, “Read me bird story” as she plopped it (and herself) in my lap. The actual title of the book was Little Bird Biddle Bird, by David Kirk. We both had it...

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