Category Archives: parenting

Easter with Kids: 32 Ideas for Celebrating Together

We’re now in Holy Week, where Lent morphs into Easter. In my house we’ll continue lighting our Lenten candles and saying the sentences about Jesus that go with them, but there are plenty of other special things coming along this week that can take their own place in household spirituality. So here’s a bunch of […]

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Lent with Kids, Week 6, Palm Sunday: Jesus is a Surprising King

This is an all-in-one post for Week 6 of our Lent with Kids plan. To fill in some background,¬†start here. You can also see the¬†series index here.     Charles Dickens could have been writing about Palm Sunday: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of […]

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Lent with Kids, Week 5: Jesus is in Charge of Life

This is an all-in-one post for Week 5 of our Lent with Kids plan. To fill in some background,¬†start here. You can also see the¬†series index here. Let’s start with a prayer: We give you all thanks and praise, O God, for yours is the power of life that even death cannot hold back. You […]

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Wisdom for a Rejected Parent [Guest]

Welcome back to Jon, who wrote this great Guide to Supporting New Dads. He and his wife Jannine have been married for 14 years, and are currently the pastoral care directors of¬†Living Well Church¬†in Rotorua.¬† My child doesn‚Äôt seem to like me very much at the moment, and I can‚Äôt quite understand why.¬† My plan […]

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Lent with Kids, Week 4: Jesus Gives Us a Fresh Start

This is an all-in-one post for Week 4 of our Lent with Kids plan. To fill in some background,¬†start here. You can also see the¬†series index here. The collection of Lectionary texts for the fourth Sunday of Lent includes these three Gospel readings: John 9, where Jesus heals a man who has been blind his […]

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The Smug Hobby of Parent-Bashing

Being smug is such a treat. Not only do you get the warm glow of being¬†right but if you add a smidge of¬†righteous into the mix¬†it goes all scrumptious. What fun to sneer at people and tell them how wrong they are! Smugness is shiveringly satisfying, but it’s also a cheap thrill, and I’d love […]

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Lent with Kids, Week 2: Jesus and the Prophets make us Brave

This is an all-in-one post for Week 2 of our Lent with Kids plan. To fill in some background,¬†start here. You can also see the¬†series index here. Week 1 of Lent is almost done, and Sunday is a-comin’! I’m experimenting this week with just one post with everything we need for the week. Let me […]

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Lent with Kids, Week 1: Wisdom at Home

Happy Week 1 of Lent! This is a progress-report type post on our first week of Lent with Kids.¬† Here is the quick guide to all the Lent posts, and here’s where to start if you’re interested in how we’re celebrating Lent with candles, readings, prayers and art. My spiritual director once pierced me with […]

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