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4 Ways to Make Family Caregiving Fun


Involving your children in caregiving activities can be fun. All you need are a few ideas that are tailored to your kids’ ages and interests. Here are four of my favorites: Build a “Kit” Do you remember when you were a young child and it was time to go back to school and your mom […]

My Child Was Sexually Abused: A Parent’s Feelings


The discovery that someone you love and trust has sexually abused your child is extremely stressful and can bring up intense feelings of shock, denial, disbelief, anger, confusion, guilt and helplessness. The following story from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s pamphlet on intrafamilial sexual abuse reveals some of these common thoughts and feelings that […]

What to Say When You Learn Someone’s Child Has Been Abused

One challenge your family will face when your child has been abused will be what to say to others.  It is helpful to remember that most people have very little knowledge about the dynamics of child sexual abuse, so their questions may be naïve, ignorant and sometimes hurtful. Prepare yourself for people to possibly say […]

Encourage Your Children to be Caregivers


“Children are so refreshing, honest, and real.  Encourage your children and grandchildren to care for others by suggesting that they draw a picture, write a poem, learn a song, make up a skit, or buy a little gift.”  (The Compassionate Congregation, p. 260.) Rickie says, “When my eight-year-old son died, one of his friends came […]

How Can We Model the True Meaning of Christmas with our Families?


One way we can model Christian Caregiving at Christmas time is a tradition which we have done in our family for 20 years. Early in Advent we send each child and grandchild the following letter. Then on Christmas, each person describes the gift which he or she has chosen, and how the gift will help to improve someone’s life. Then on a large world map, the person indicates with a star sticker where her or his gift is going. Then he or she lights a small votive candle, which reminds us that we are called to be “lights” in God’s world.

Experiencing Memorial Day With Kids


Do your children know why Memorial Day is a national holiday? Do they know the purpose of Memorial Day? ( The answer to that question is not to have picnics and BBQ’s and to have fun.) Memorial Day is an important holiday established to give us a time to honor and remember the men and […]

A School Bus and Musical Rabble


Doesn’t this sound like fun? One of the members of our ministry, Chris, participated in a Caroling Night Out during the holidays. Chris’ sister-in-law rented a small school bus. Then Chris, his wife Becky, his four children (ages 6, 4, 2 and a newborn!) and as many family members and friends as the bus could […]