Is it my age? My experience? Is it good old common sense? Or, is some combination of all three? I haven’t yet figured out where its coming from, but “it” is the way that I’m teetering very close to telling parents to buck the trend and love your kids by keeping the smartphone out of…

Splink 1:Make a promise to your kids, but make them wait for the fulfillment of it. (Tell them today and “fulfill” the promise on Saturday.) Ideas for promises: I will take you to get a toy from Dollar Tree. I will take you to get ice cream. I will allow you to stay up late…

Splink 1:  The Best Gift Don’t let the Christmas fun end! Purchase a small gift. (You may want to put a bag of treats that can be shared or a gift card to a favorite donut shop in the last box so everyone can share in the gift.) Collect several gift boxes (larger than the…

Joseph leads Mary through the backwoods in a red wagon, an angel sweeps in on a tire swing, and wise men celebrate with sparklers. Gather your family around and watch the Christmas story from Luke 1 and 2 told from a kid’s perspective. The Christmas Story Video from Orange on Vimeo. Source: The Parent Cue

Splink 1:  Love Your Family Day Declare a “Love Your Family Day.” Each family member should write their name on a slip of paper and throw them in a bag. Ask each one to draw a name, but not let anyone see it (to add a little suspense). The name they draw is the person…

It’s Christmas Time! Oh, how we love to tell the Christmas story. We share it in pageants and cantatas; we read it in bedtime stories and Advent prayers, we sing it in carols and choirs. What a beautiful story it is of Love sent down, of Joy proclaimed and of Peace realized in the form…

Splink 1:  Given to Give Buy a special treat that can be shared—cookies, candy, small toys, etc.—that your kids would like and give it to one kid. (Talk with him privately before giving it and make sure he is willing to share it.) As you give it to him, ask, “If I give you a…

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Looking for a unique way to share the love of Christ with others this holiday season? Consider picking up “The Blessing Nisser”bu local author Kirstie Marx. The Blessing Nisser Check out this article from WRAL about Kirstie and her book: Shifting the focus for kids to giving this Christmas.

Splink 1:  The Weight of Sin Collect household items (broom; roll of paper towels; spoon; spatula; shoe; pillow; soccer ball; teddy bear; etc.—any non-breakable item will work) on a table. Take turns seeing who can hold the most items (they can choose any from the table) without dropping any. Count the items as they pick…