I don't know if you've ever tried sitting down with your family for a planned time of Bible reading, prayer, worship or all three. If you haven't, imagine unicycling into a lion's cage, balancing a ball on your head, and holding raw steaks out in front of you whilst listening to some vintage … [Read more...] about FAMILY DEVOTION IDEAS (WHEN YOUR KIDS ARE RUNNING RIOT)
Parenting is such a challenging role! And there are so many people telling us how we should do it.
I am not one of those people. But I hope that by sharing my own - often highly flawed - experiences, I can offer reassurance and empathy to others going through similar challenges.
A common question amongst time-poor Christian parents who want to nurture their children's faith is: What are the best family devotions? What are the best ways to come together as a family around God's word? What will really ignite our faith as individuals and as a family? And will we make it out … [Read more...] about 10 BEST FAMILY DEVOTIONS (TO BRING KIDS AND GROWN-UPS TOGETHER)
With schools having closed in many countries, and increasing numbers of people here in the UK needing to self-isolate with children, I wanted to share with you a few ideas about how to survive at home with your kids. Now, I have four children between 5 and 10 and, much as I love them dearly, I am … [Read more...] about HOW TO SURVIVE SCHOOL CLOSURE AS A FAMILY
Recently, a Hope Tribe member got in touch to share her concerns about the environment, and her guilt that, in the busyness and intensity of having young kids, she didn't feel like she was doing very much. I find it hard to be an environmentally friendly mum and meet the expectations that are … [Read more...] about I WANT TO SAVE THE PLANET…BUT I’M LATE FOR THE SCHOOL RUN
For years, women who work outside the home have protested against the label ‘full-time mum’ being used for a woman who stays home to look after her children. And rightly so. If a child has an accident at school, that mum will likely have to leave work to attend to the emergency – because she is, … [Read more...] about DEAR WORLD: PLEASE STOP USING THE LABEL ‘WORKING MUM’
I'm delighted to have none other than my own brother and sister-in-law on the blog for today's teen-themed post! Colin and Carol have two boys (aged 17 and nearly 16), and are my go-to for … [Read more...] about SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRITUALITY: 6 WAYS TO ESTABLISH A CONSISTENT BIBLE MESSAGE FOR YOUTH
This week, we're focusing on raising teenagers, with a new post each day. We've looked at communication, and what happens if our teens go off track, and today we're looking at - well, we couldn't really ignore it, could we? - Christian puberty education: how we teach our teens about sex, … [Read more...] about CHRISTIAN PUBERTY EDUCATION: TALKING TO OUR TEENAGERS ABOUT SEX, RELATIONSHIPS AND THE BIBLE
Every day this week I'm focusing on raising teenagers, and today I'm delighted to have fellow author Gail Gritts join us. Gail is a mum of 5 - now all grown-up - and has a powerful testimony of how two of her children hit rock-bottom. Read on... When the mother bird pushes her fledglings out of the … [Read more...] about WHEN FLEDGLINGS FLOP: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR TEENAGER IS OUT OF CONTROL
This week on the blog we're focusing on raising teenagers, so I'm thrilled that writer and editor Nicki Copeland has joined us today to talk about that biggie: communication. How do we talk to our teenagers effectively? And how can we get them to talk to us? Over to … [Read more...] about HOW TO TALK TO TEENAGERS (AND HOW TO GET YOUR TEENAGER TO TALK TO YOU)