I don't know about you, but I struggle to retain *any* sort of spiritual focus during Advent. It's not that I don't want to. It's just that the obligations of present shopping and wrapping, tree buying and decorating, family-dynamics negotiating, Secret Santa organising and school activities … [Read more...] about 20 Best Books to Read During Advent
Discipleship for kids
When it comes to nurturing faith in our kids, the road can be rocky. Here are my favourite resources, alongside thoughts and ideas from our family's experience.
If you're looking to teach your child a memory verse, but are wondering where to start - start here! This is a list of 100 short memory verses for kids, grouped into categories according to what your child might need at a particular time. I hope it's helpful! And, because SINGING is such a … [Read more...] about 100 Short Memory Verses for Kids
How do you teach memory verses in a fun way? Let's back track a little. I mean - er - WHY are we teaching Scripture memorisation in the first place? Doesn't it all feel a little cult-ish and brainwashed? It's certainly a contentious issue amongst church folk. There's the camp which wants … [Read more...] about How do you Teach Memory Verses in a Fun Way? (15 Ideas)
I'm hesitating as I start this post. Not for the reason you're thinking (which, I'm guessing, is the sensitivity of the subject matter). Sadly, recent news events have compelled me to write on this issue, and I know these words need to be written. No. I'm hesitating because if you're a … [Read more...] about HOW CAN WE EDUCATE OUR BOYS ABOUT GENDER EQUALITY?
There's nothing like a couple of messages from blog-readers to motivate you to write a blog post you've been meaning to write for a year. Talk about a kick up the backside. It has FULLY been my intention since early last year to compile a whole load of fabulous individual Bible devotionals for … [Read more...] about THE BEST CHILDREN’S BIBLE DEVOTIONALS – FROM TOT TO TEEN!
I'm writing this in 2020. Although lockdown has just ended where we are, there are still huge restrictions on what we're able to do during Advent, and I know people are concerned they won't be able to take part in their usual Advent traditions this year. Live church services, Christingles, … [Read more...] about HOW TO CELEBRATE ADVENT AT HOME
Last year, having heard about this 'Jesse Tree' thing a few times, I decided to go for it with my family. We'd tried in the past, but our children were too young to really understand what was going on - and, if I'm being honest, I was pretty half-hearted about the whole thing. After all, who … [Read more...] about JESSE TREE IDEAS FOR FAMILIES: THE WHAT, WHY AND HOW!
I LOVE Christmas. And I LOVE Advent. (I even wrote a book about Advent). I love all the fun and creative ways we can anticipate the excitement of Christmas during December with our families. One of our favourite traditions is our Advent basket. It's so simple - I just throw all our Christmas … [Read more...] about The Best Christmas Picture Books for Children (updated for 2021!)
We all want our kids to get into reading - I see loads of questions come up in Facebook groups asking for book recommendations for their children. And aren't we just so fortunate in how many wonderful authors we have available to us? I gawp every time I walk in Waterstone's and browse the kids' … [Read more...] about 30+ CHRISTIAN FICTION BOOK IDEAS FOR CHILDREN AND TWEENS