Five Minute Fridays

Keep the Falling from Being the Failing

Friday, June 07, 2013

There is nothing like watching a little kid learn to walk.

After months of watch everyone else walk, he figures that he must get his feet under him in order to actually walk. And so he finds himself standing.  Then there is the stage of cruising along furniture - getting the idea of transferring weight from foot to foot.

But the power that comes with the freedom to walk - anywhere.  That pushes such a little being to let go and take that step.

And usually not long after that first step, there is the fall.

Cozy book hop

Cozy Reading Spot

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot!  This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  We share posts on books, reading, and all that is inspiring us.

Cozy Reading Spot

Cozy Book Hop

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Here's what I've been writing this week, just in case you missed it.


A lesson for moms from the Velveteen Rabbit

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The classic story of the Velveteen Rabbit - do you know it?  Do your kids?

I remember that story vividly, because as a child it made me sad, so sad to know that maybe one of my stuffed animals was feeling such horribleness over being forgotten...  I'd try to set up schedules so that each of my little snugglies would have time with me, fearful of hurting them.

Now as a mom I so want my boys to know this story - how it shows that life is hard, and it isn't always fair. But there is a joy that comes in feeling, simply feeling. Even when what we are feeling hurts.

I think this story teaches empathy. Now that is a trait I want my boys to know - empathy. But how do we teach such a behavior?


The Passionate Mom

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today's World
By Susan Merrill

There are so many times when I start my day off full of hope and energy to be intentional and passionate about engaging with my kids in order to teach them and give them wonderful memories. Then, sometimes by eight in the morning, everything just turns around and I am discouraged and "done" with the day. And although this is a dumb excuse, many times I get overwhelmed by the expectations of society today and mess up my original plan to be intentional and passionate.

You know - I want my kids to have calmly listened to me as we discuss our plan for the day so they are aware of the plan, but they are just running around screaming to get outside and play.  Or I plan out specific color sheets that focus on one letter so that while they color we can practice what the letter "K" sounds like - but no one wants to actually color. Nope rolling the crayons across the table in a race is on their agenda.  And instead of staying calm and going with it, I slowly start to feel like I'm failing because my kids aren't doing what they are supposed to do. I think to myself that so-and-so's kid would never do this, or if so-and-so saw how incapable I am of keeping my kids calm for ten minutes she would never have playdates with us.


Discipline: A Practical Step for Christians

Monday, June 03, 2013

While growing up I was in sports, specifically basketball and volleyball. My father coached me in my teams, as well as backyard practices. One thing that still sticks out about these times of disciplined behavior is a focus on muscle memory - repeating the same action over and over until the muscles can do the action without the brain focusing on it 100%. During long practices my dad would remind me the importance of this muscle memory, and that if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

So now I'm thinking, what about spiritual disciplines, should there be an aspect to this behavior that becomes muscle memory? Heart-muscle memory? Mind-muscle memory? And is it difficult so we will look for a Coach to remind us to keep at it over and over? A need for a Leader to rely on?

A practical step for christians

Alright, so what is a spiritual discipline seems like the right place to start, or maybe simply discipline?

Guest post

Summer: A Time to Be a Kid

Sunday, June 02, 2013

What do you think of when you think of summer?
A Time for kids to simply be kids
Family trips?

A break from school?

Trips to the pool?

Hopefully it is something fun, and what a blessing if those thoughts include activities you did with your family.

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