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10 Bible Stories Every Kid Should Know

Teaching children about their Savior and how they can have eternal life may be the most important responsibility of a Christian parent and the believers who come into the lives of children. One of the key ways to help children grow spiritually is to help them get to know the Bible.Reading the stories, extracting lessons, helping them memorize important verses, and helping them see the connections to Jesus and God’s love are part of “train[ing] up a child in the way he should go; [so] even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). The Bible is a big book, and it can be difficult to know where to start. Fortunately, there are many stories that are important and accessible for children.Here are 10 of the most popular Bible stories for kids.Photo credit: ©Getty Images/Tutye

20 Great Bible Verses for Kids to Memorize

The best time to start reading the Bible with your child is when they are in the womb. The second best time is today! We have been known by God even before we were born and were created to know Him.

Bible Verses about Jesus and Children

We see Jesus often being interrupted by people who need His help. He doesn't ignore them. Jesus doesn't rebuke them for coming to Him. He leaves what He is doing to help others. Jesus shows us His heart for children. He exhibits love and compassion towards them

Should We Have a Childlike Faith?

When the disciples asked Jesus who would be greatest in heaven, he told them that only someone with childlike faith could enter heaven. Just how do we get a childlike faith?

8 Bible Crafts for Kids

I've found crafts to be immensely helpful in not only keeping children's and even the entire family's attention, but also in helping to focus them on pivotal elements of Scripture that can bring their faith into real life. Finding those Scripture passages that you want to be certain are written on their hearts can begin by writing them on a piece of art, carving them into wood, painting them onto a rock, and so much more.

Why Does Jesus Invite Even the Little Children to Approach Him?

When it came to Jesus, all ears were turned to Him, especially those of children. Children were usually the ones to ask the hard questions that would have Jesus chuckling and taking a moment to determine how to answer a profound question in childlike terminology.However, during the time that Jesus’s ministry was taking place, children were to be seen and not heard, especially when it came to matters of faith and religion.Jesus had to educate all on the importance of children, including His own disciples who blocked them from coming to be prayed over by Jesus. He told them, in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”As we learn through this exploration of Scripture, Jesus was revealing to all present, and us in later generations, that everyone is welcome in the kingdom of heaven, no matter the age. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, He provides the bridge to reunite us again with our heavenly Father.Photo credit: ©Getty Images/Tomwang112

How Can Kids Be More Like Solomon?

When asked by God what he wanted, Solomon could have asked for anything! He could have been selfish by asking for more money, a bigger house, or expensive food to eat, but he didn’t. He chose to ask God for wisdom.

3 Tips for Talking to Your Children about Pornography

As Christian parents, most of us have spent years raising and rearing our children, intentionally working on meeting not only their physical needs but also their mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. Before our babies were even born, we started safeguarding our homes and preparing a space that they could thrive in. As our little ones began to crawl, we removed choking hazards and items that they could pull down on themselves. We put safety locks on cabinets and outlets and hid away anything that could be potentially dangerous.As our children develop and grow, so does our plan to keep them safe. In each conversation about proper knife skills, making toast without burning down the house, or why we don't dart into the street after a ball, we teach our children how to connect with and approach this world. In many of these circumstances, the conversations that we're having with our children are quite literally keeping them alive. The conversation around pornography needs to be no different.Recently, I was encouraged by a friend to begin having conversations with my 10-year-old son around this very topic. Every cell in my body was squeamish as I approached what felt like the most uncomfortable and awkward discussion I never wanted to have. I protested against my friend's encouragement, "but we have passcodes and parental controls on every device; there's no way that he's being exposed to that."It was only then that I learned just how easy it is to access pornography these days. My friend helped me understand that while we may be providing safety in our home, the moment our children step outside of our homes, the possibility of exposure multiplies, and so, whether we like it or not, as parents, we need to get brave, do our homework, and start having these conversations with our children.Photo credit: Getty Images/Kirill Greshnov

4 Ways to Create Summer Memories with Your Children

Memories of my childhood are filled with the scent of seawater, the feeling of sand between my toes, and the tingling sensation of sun on my skin. I remember the taste of sweet watermelon and the sound of my siblings and me giggling. For me, summer is filled with the possibility of creating memories that will last a lifetime.As a mother of two, I sincerely want to create joy and fun-filled summer experiences for my children. I hope that they'll look back at their summers with fondness and nostalgia—just as I do. However, I'm learning that in order to create these memories, I must first be intentional.As my firstborn gets older, he seems to be content to laze around watching movies or tv, and while there are days during the summer that this is the best course of action, I don't want that to be our norm. Instead, I would love for my children to be drawn to adventure and the unknown, to engage with their environment, and to move their growing bodies. What better time to do this than summer break? If you're hoping to create intentional summer memories for your children this year, you're invited to try a few of these favorites from our home that are tried, tested, and approved by my kids.Photo credit: ©Getty Images/evgenyatamanenko

3 Easy Ways to Encourage Generosity in Your Kids

“Mine.” I didn’t have to teach my children this word. It entered their vocabulary and their hearts on its own. And I didn’t have to teach my children to be selfish. Their tight-fisted nature was already there. As a parent, you’ve likely had an identical experience.We serve an incredibly generous God. In the well-referenced verse, John 3:16, we read “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (CSB).” This act showcases the unfathomable generosity of our God.As believers, we want to see this generosity reflected in the lives of our children because we know Proverbs 22:6—"Start a youth out on his way; even when he grows old he will not depart from it (CSB).” But how do we do this? The goal often seems daunting and complex, one more item on our parenting “to-do” list.Encouraging generosity in your kids doesn’t need to be daunting and complex. Sometimes, it is a simple as pointing out the demonstrations of generosity occurring right in front of you, talking about them, and then connecting them to the generosity of our God. These demonstrations of generosity can come from you, those around you, or even your children. So here are three easy ways to encourage generosity in your kids:
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5 Practical Ways to Help Your Kid Pay Attention Learning at Home

Is there any real way to help your kid’s attention span while doing school online? Or is it a hopeless endeavor for parents and teachers everywhere?I think we’ve all seen the funny gifs of kids hanging upside down at the dining room table, or making faces at the computer screen when they are supposed to be listening to their teacher. And while it’s laughable at first, it can quickly become exasperating for parents, teachers, and kids.If you’re at your wits’ end trying to navigate a new season of virtual schooling, be encouraged today. We’ve compiled a list of 5 ways you can help you kid’s attention span and get the most out of online learning.Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/tylim

5 Reasons Comparing Your Kids Is Harmful

As kids, my brother and I were as opposite as could be.Clever and introverted, he could craft a poem one moment and expertly repair an engine the next. He was loyal, fearless, and tenacious in his points of view. As his sister, I was instead the cautious people-pleaser who aimed for perfect grades and a busy social calendar.I was content to spend hours at the piano or theater practice while he raced down the highway on his motorcycle. Our parents were challenged trying to understand their uniquely individual son and daughter.The dynamic isn’t so different in our house today. Our five kids run from shy to never-met-a-stranger, academic to artistic, and serious to silly. That one is guarded and private while this one wears her heart on her sleeve. One child’s room looks like the aftermath of a tornado while the other would make Marie Kondo sing.Each of our sons and daughters is one of a kind in their abilities, personalities, and dreams for the future.As parents, we’re tempted to compare our kids to one another. We’ve battled critical thoughts that say, Why won’t you buckle down and study like your sister? I wish you would listen and cooperate like your brother. If you were as frugal as so-and-so, you’d have more money too.Yet if we give in to those destructive comparisons, we’ll do long-lasting damage to our children’s hearts and minds. Here are 5 reasons why comparing your kids is harmful.Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/Liderina

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