Listening to child builds self esteem

Today we hear a lot about self esteem as people look at a child or teen who is struggling. It seems to be a common deficiency among kids who are under-achieving or getting in trouble. What can parents do to help their child with esteem issues? Many times we equate self esteem with the ability […]

Parents should separate own self-esteem from child’s performance

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There’s become a common phrase for what used to be called “stage moms”. Today it’s “tiger moms!” This is not exclusive to moms, though. In the sports world there have always been dads pushing their boys to be the next great something. So just what is that all about? Lest we think this is only […]

When is the best time to start potty training?

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Tonjia: Developmentally speaking, there are two important things to remember about potty training children. First, girls typically reach developmental milestones more quickly than boys and thus potty train earlier than boys do. Second, potty training depends upon a child’s ability to control bladder and bowel functions. In most children, awareness of these functions does not […]

Crises can be overcome

Debra Whittington Being a Christian doesn’t exclude people from having hardship or difficulties in their lives. We wish our lives would progress smoothly, but alas, we all have our share of troubles. When a predicament arises we are surprised because bad things always happen to the other guy, not us. We all face problems now […]

While always near, God saves from “afar”

Leonard Lauriault Our preacher, Harry Gipson, passed away recently and because he liked to encourage others with a good joke, his brother, who performed the funeral, repeated some of Harry’s favorite jokes, as did other family members. Having come from eastern Kentucky, one particular joke of which I’ve heard many variations, was about the wise […]

God has control, not people

Debra Whittington “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…” Hebrews 10:25 Where were you on that Sunday morning when the lights went out? We went to church. When we arrived, a discussion was in progress on what to do next. Since there were no lights in the Sunday school rooms we all gathered in the […]

Symbiosis serves spirituality

Leonard Lauriault There’re several types of interspecific relationships. In beneficial relationships, one species provides a benefit to another species with no apparent positive or negative return. Symbiosis is when two species benefit each other. Parasitic relationships occur when one species benefits at the expense of another without directly causing death. A predatory relationship leads to […]

God brings simple pleasures

Debra Whittington “This is the day which the Lord hath made”… Psalm 118:24

Watched pot boils eventually

Leonard Lauriault An old saying goes something like “A watched pot never boils,” indicating that time seems to go by slow as a snail when we’re expecting something to happen. The intended advice is to just find something else to occupy our time while we wait. Once, I was waiting for a pot of milk […]

Safety first as kids join the bicycle commute at a young age

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Niesha Lofing Raleigh White, 2, is an entertaining front-seat driver. Snuggled in the Bobike safety seat atop the front of her mom’s bicycle, she points out other cyclists to Mina White as they pass by, providing a running commentary during the five-mile trek from their Tahoe Park, Calif., home to downtown Sacramento. From her vantage […]