Splinks for the week of January 12-18, 2020 Jump, I’ll catch you! To demonstrate faith, ask your child to do a simple thing and come through for him/her. (For example: Stand at the bottom of the stairs and ask him/her to jump into your arms from a few steps up or stand in the pool…

Overwhelmed. Exhausted. Tired. Crabby. Of course we’ve had those times when life is all of those things and we don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. We don’t even see the tunnel! But over time, we have purposed to take back the sound track of our life and change some of the…

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As we move into the new year—how can it possibly be 2020?!—this poem by Howard Thurman, an African-American theologian, educator, and civil rights leader, seems to be the perfect jumping off point for reflection: The Work of Christmas When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on EurekAlert! Teenagers in the US simply don’t get enough shut-eye. The consequences of this epidemic of sleep deprivation are extensive and include increasing rates of anxiety and depression among adolescents, as well as suicidal thoughts and actions. Sleep-deprived teens are more likely to be involved…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on ScienceDaily. During early adolescence, especially the transition to middle school, kids face a number of challenges both socially and academically. Peer rejection, bullying, and conflict with friends are common social stressors. These challenges can affect adolescents’ ability to form positive peer relationships, a key developmental…

For several years, a part of me dreaded November, December and early January. The holiday season—from Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Years—can be a wonderful opportunity for family and friends, traditions, spontaneity and general festivity. But for those of us experiencing the unique challenges of parenting someone with special needs, there can be a looming…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay. Teenagers who’ve experimented with opioid painkillers are likely to be taking other health risks, a new study finds. In a national survey of U.S. high school students, 14% said they had ever “misused” a prescription opioid such as Vicodin, OxyContin or Percocet. And those…

Splinks for the week of January 5-11, 2020 Connect the Dots Item Needed: Dot-to-dot page (make a simple one by thinking of a simple design and drawing an outline of dots.) Ask kids to complete the page. Did you know what picture it would make when you started? (Probably not) You were able to complete…

2019 closed with the heartbreaking loss of Olive Alayne Heiligenthal, the two year old daughter of Andrew and Kalley. They are active in Bethel Church in California, a faith community known for its focus on signs, wonders, and miracles. The founder of the church, Bill Johnson, holds to what he calls a “Jesus is perfect”…

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