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8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids

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Parenting is hard work!  And with every year that my kids grow older, it seems that we solve one problem just as another makes its way into our lives.  I’m always on the look out for a good parenting book.  When I hard Dr. Todd Cartmell, author of Keep the Siblings, Lose the Rivalry (which I enjoyed), had written another parenting book, I was happy to take a look.

In 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids, Cartmell breaks down each of the eight tools into five brief chapters, with a practical tip at the end of each chapter to help parents remember the main idea and a follow-up thought or action to put into practice that day. For the tool of “Talking“, for example, he encourages parents that their communication style with their kids is vital (no yelling), explains why it’s important to initiate conversations with their kids (everyone put down the phones), and the value of being an easy-to-listen parent.

In the chapter on the tool of “Connecting“, he emphasizes the importance of warm physical touch, getting into their child’s world (yes, down on the floor, putting the Legos together), and explains why a regular family time is one of the most powerful tools a parent can use to build a close and connected family.

Sneaky Squirrel (Family Game Night)

“Family times are vital to the parent-child relationship,” says Cartmell. “For example, when I think back on times with my family when the boys were young, I remember our going around in a circle and saying things we appreciate about the person on our left or right. The busy hustle and bustle of everyday life impedes meaningful, reflective discussions. It is only when you cultivate the regular habit of stopping and reflecting together on the things that are important you get this kind of interaction on a regular basis.”

Planting a Garden  (Raising Great Kids)

Throughout the book, parents also learn the Family Respect Rule, the importance of flexible thoughts, and how their kids are God’s gold nuggets (Are you looking for the gold or the dirt?).

Cartmell also discusses the importance of practicing our faith and weaving it into every part of our lives. He emphasizes the importance of continually living our faith alongside our kids and with our kids so they get a real picture of what a genuine Christian is supposed to look like.

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“These are not tools to use for a while and then discard once your kids are eighteen,” says Cartmell. “My boys are both now in their twenties and I need each of these tools as much as I did when they were three and five years old. These are tools you want to weave into the very nature of your parenting for as long as you’re a parent.”

The chapters are short — perfect for reading along with your daily devotional or during breakfast and each come with a clear application for the day.   Don’t let the short chapters fool you though — there’s a lot packed into this small book and it is something you will want to read again and again as the years go by.

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Meet Theo

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3 Prayers for Forgiveness for Yourself and Others

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Sundays and Parker’s Brunswick stew

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“Dough Handprints” Bible Craft

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If you are looking for a classic Bible craft, try this with your kids!   It can be used to impress children with the message that God will be with them, not matter where they are, no matter how big they get.   Alternately, any message dealing with God’s creation of man or God loving children and watching them grow will work very well with this craft.


-Aluminum pie tins, one for each child.
-Homemade play dough (see recipe at beginning of the text), enough for each child to fill a pie tin
-Craft paint
-Crayons, sharpened (or pencils for writing a message in the play dough)

Before Class:

– Make homemade play dough, using this recipe (may have to double for class size):

o 2 cups flour
o 2 cups warm water
o 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
o 2 teaspoons oil
o 1/2 cup salt

– Mix all ingredients, adding the food coloring last.

– Stir over medium heat until smooth.

– Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth.

– Keep play dough in a plastic bag or airtight container to stay moist until it’s time to use.


Give each child a pie tin and enough play dough to fill it.

Have each child:

1. Fill the pie tin and flatten the play dough until it is evenly distributed.

2. Take a crayon or pencil and write to leave an impression in the play dough:  “God Made Me”  across the top.

3. Across the bottom, write his name and his age.

4. Press his hand down in the middle leaving an even print.

5. Paint the play dough with the colors of his choosing

6. Use paint sparingly so it won’t clog writing.

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The Bronze Snake: Children’s Church Lesson

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This last week, we studied Numbers 20 and 21 in Children’s Church. This passage covers Moses striking a rock to get water (against God’s commands) and also the Israelite people being bitten by snakes.   These are the stations we used with the kids.  We are using the Gospel Project curriculum and some of these suggestions come from that teacher’s guide.

Snack Time:

As I was telling the story, I let the kids eat pretzels and had the water clearly visible, but I wouldn’t let any of the kids drink any until we got to the part about the Israelites complaining about a lack of water.   I asked if they could relate to how all the people were feeling and they indeed could.  I poured them all a cup and we continued with story.  After the lesson, they could choose one or more stations to visit.

The Bronze Snake: Children's Ministry Lesson Ideas

Station #1: Snake Bite Medical Stop

The Bronze Snake: Children's Ministry Lesson Ideas

In this station, I had an old sheet that the kids could cut into strips to bandage each other’s “snake bites”.  I also had band-aids and a forehead thermometer for them to play with.

Station #2: Paper Plate Snake

The Bronze Snake: Children's Ministry Lesson Ideas

This is the classic twirly snake cut from a paper plate craft.  Kids colored the snake first and then cut along the lines to make a snake. Of course, we couldn’t find any bronze crayons, so our snakes were a little unbiblical.
The Bronze Snake: Children's Lesson

Station #3: Paper Chain Snake

This was a project they did with another teacher, but my kids brought home one so I thought I’d share it.

The Bronze Snake: Kids Art

Station #4 Coloring

We always try to set up a simple station for kids who don’t know where to start or don’t like a lot of craftiness.  These are papers from The Gospel Project curriculum.

The Bronze Snake: Children's Ministry Lesson Ideas

Station #5 Water From a Rock

This isn’t exactly from a rock, but we did give the kids some water to play with to remind them of the story.  We use old (donated) shirts as smocks.

The Bronze Snake: Children's Ministry Lesson Ideas

That’s it for now!  What are you up to this week in your ministry?






The Animated Kids Bible-Ep04 Trailer

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Bible Stories for Children-The Animated Kids Bible-Voyage of the Ark-Music Video

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[svp]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGjESzJtw6o[/svp] The Kids Bible has a series of Bible stories for children from Adam and Eve to Joseph. The Music Video is from Episode two of The Animated Kids Bible Collectable Series, see all of the animated Bible stories for kids at http://www.thekidsbible.com

Bible Stories for Children-The Animated Kids Bible-Creation-Music Video

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[svp]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBN1_iR7LAc[/svp] The Kids Bible has a series of Bible stories for children from Adam and Eve to Joseph. The Music Video is from Episode one of The Animated Kids Bible Collectable Series, see all of the animated Bible stories for kids at http://www.thekidsbible.com