Family Ministry

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A Family Ministries Blog?

This blog is going to be your key to different Family Ministry resources to help you with parenting, financing, and all sorts of other things that you can use to help you create a strong Christian home. I (Mallory) will be updating this blog weekly, and will be giving you links to our parent cues from our curriculum, our take home guides and memory verse lists, adding links to different articles that are interesting or helpful, and trying to create dialogue with you, our Church family.

This week, I’d like you to take a look at a few articles that I have found to be especially helpful on one of my favorite family websites – Focus on the Family:

Do you remember when you were a kid and you would spend hours playing outside, whether it was sunny or snowing? Now, your kids are spending most of their time watching YouTube videos and playing online games. How can you get your kids ready for the online world so that they can recognize the warning signs of Online Victimization? Read this article – Preparing your Child for the Online World

Does your family eat meals together, or was your family like mine growing up – everyone has somewhere to be: dad is working late, mom is going to an aerobics class, daughter has ballet, and son has baseball. In our culture, the average parent spends 38.5 minutes per week in meaningful conversation with their children. (A.C. Nielsen Co.) And us children’s workers thing we have it hard spending an hour with your kids! Now look at this statistic: Kids who eat most often with their parents are 40% more likely to say they get mainly A’s and B’s in school than kids who have two or fewer family dinners a week. (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University) If you want to really make mealtime great, look at this article to enhance your spiritual development and bonding time – Family Mealtime Devotionals

This next article might surprise you, but after working with kids for five years, I’ve seen this trend become more and more dangerous. Have you ever heard your child talk about themselves poorly? Do you think they have a poor body image? This article will be extremely beneficial to be sure that your children don’t fall into the trap of Eating and Body Image Disorders – Eating Disorders and Kids

Please feel free to leave comments about some lessons you’ve learned over the years, or about different topics to discuss. I’d love to start an open dialogue with all of you!

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