Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away by Kathie Morrissey

Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away by Kathie Morrissey

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Having a strong bond with my children while raising them to love God is important. But that alone isn’t enough; it takes work and effort.

There’s no rule book telling us what to do in every situation as parents; we’re often learning right alongside our children as they grow. But, one thing that can help us wade through the waters of parenting potentially avoiding some of the parenting mistakes, is to lean into those who have had already gone through the trenches.

Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away

In the book, Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away, Kathie shares her wisdom in what she’s learned are the common parenting mistakes we make that can lead our kids to rebellion and what we can do to build heart-ties that create a strong relationship with them.

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One quote (and question) from Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away that stood out among the first pages, was this:

We need to regularly examine whether we are teaching kids to simply appear and act right or are we teaching them to love God and know Him personally?

I eagerly devoured every page.

Kathie leaves you feeling that you’re never too late at the age and stage your kids are at and that you can begin to carry out her actionable strategies right away.

Here is a short-list of what I loved about Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away:

  • Actionable ideas
  • Examples
  • All the nuggets and takeaways I was left with
  • Easy to digest and follow along
  • From a Christian perspective, but not preachy
  • Lots of quotes and resources

As I finished off Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away, I was left with a huge takeaway where I knew God was speaking to me personally.

Always keep in mind that you don’t want to just manage behavior but monitor the heart.

Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away is a quick read. I sat down one morning hungry to digest it and was left ready for more only because it was so impactful. I couldn’t help but write down the golden nuggets within these pages that struck a chord in me.

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I encourage you to look for Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away as well as Kathie’s many others books, including The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart (check out my review here) Grab the bundle price here and save!

Perhaps it’s Kathie’s amazing ability to communicate or just knowing that she’s had 8 children and homeschooled for 31 years that there is so much wisdom to draw from.

About the Author

Kathie is the owner of The Character Corner, wife of Alan for 40 years, and mother to eight children. She is also a veteran homeschooling mom of 31 years. Not only is she passionate about her family, but she also has a passion to encourage and inspire women in their daily lives as moms, wives, and homeschoolers.

Her goal is to be transparent and honest about the struggles and challenges of parenting and homeschooling, as well as the blessings that come from being faithful to that calling. She loves to share insights from her personal experiences over the years of raising and teaching her children. You will find that she gives many practical, encouraging tips you can use in your own home. Find out more about Kathie here.

Kathie is a speaker and author, as well as a blogger at The Character Corner. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

A sincere thank you to Kathy for blessing me with a copy of this book to review and the opportunity to build strong heart-ties with my children.

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The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart by Kathie Morrissey

The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart by Kathie Morrissey

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As parents, we can so easily think that our kids should just listen to us; we’re the parent’s after all. But, that’s not the case to winning your child’s heart as I’ve so quickly come to learn.

The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart

In the book The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart, Kathie writes and shares in such a way that it creates a safe and honest place where you’re not judged. I’m impacted by her ability to communicate what we all feel and experience. And then I feel such a sense of empowerment when she shares a statement like this:

Authority and rules aren’t the answer to successful parenting. Influence is the key, and that influence comes when we have their hearts.

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As a parent, who hasn’t heard or used the phrase, “Just do what I say!” and expect our children to be obedient and follow thru because “I said so!”

I’m so guilty of this.

I want my children to know that they can come to me with anything, but do they really feel like they can when phrases like this are used?

As parents, we tend to use our authority to motivate and include threatened consequences, when instead, we could warn of the natural consequences such as pride, immorality and disobedience.

This quote leaped off the page from The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart:

The goal of gaining their hearts is not so we can control them, but rather gain the opportunity to pour into their lives, shape their values, and teach them to love God and His Word.

I love good tips that are easy to implement and create lasting change. Kathie shares loving affirmations and tips that you can start to do practically this moment with your children to begin winning their hearts.

In general, here’s a list of what I loved about The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart:

  • Actionable ideas
  • Examples
  • From a Christian perspective, but not preachy
  • All the nuggets and takeaways I was left with
  • Easy to digest and follow along
  • Lots of quotes and resources

Here’s a lasting thought that Kathie shares in her book The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart:

Rules without relationship breed rebellion.


As parents, we can so easily think that our kids should just listen to us; we’re the parent’s after all. But, that’s not the case. Find out the KEYS and the actionable tips to implement to begin winning your child's heart! #Christianparenting #parenting #raisingkids

I read The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart in no time at all. Because you feel like you’re connecting with someone who has so much wisdom to offer and the impact it makes as you dive into these words, you can’t help but keep reading.

If I could give a copy of this book to you, I would! So, instead, feel free to grab The Importance of Winning Your Child’s Heart and take in all that Kathie shares. You can get the e-book here as a bundle price that includes the book Parenting Mistakes That Push Your Child Away. (Check out my review here)

About the Author

Kathie is the owner of The Character Corner, wife of Alan for 40 years, and mother to eight children. She is also a veteran homeschooling mom of 31 years. Not only is she passionate about her family, but she also has a passion to encourage and inspire women in their daily lives as moms, wives, and homeschoolers. Her goal is to be transparent and honest about the struggles and challenges of parenting and homeschooling, as well as the blessings that come from being faithful to that calling. She loves to share insights from her personal experiences over the years of raising and teaching her children. You will find that she gives many practical, encouraging tips you can use in your own home. Find out more about Kathie here.

Kathie is a speaker and author, as well as a blogger at The Character Corner. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

I’m so appreciative to Kathy for providing me a free copy of this book to review; it has changed my parenting for the better!

As parents, we can so easily think that our kids should just listen to us; we’re the parent’s after all. But, that’s not the case. Find out the KEYS and the actionable tips to implement to begin winning your child's heart! #Christianparenting #parenting #raisingkids

 

REVIEW: Learning About Biblical Feasts Study Guide

REVIEW: Learning About Biblical Feasts Study Guide

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We’ve been looking to study Biblical feasts as part of both history and Bible in our homeschool and family. Learning About Biblical Feasts: A Study Guide to the Feasts of the Bible for Children & Families is the perfect resource and easy to implement.

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Why Learning About Biblical Feasts Is Important

We only know a small amount about God. Being that we live in the new covenant now, Holy Spirit gives us revelation, insight and understanding about the nature and character of God. Holy Spirit also reveals the heart of God as we seek Him.

A natural way to gain spiritual understanding is through symbolism. There are lots of symbolic events in the Bible. So to gain more understanding of God, we need to dig deeper.

Although I was raised in a Christian home and became a Christian at an early age, I never really dug into the Jewish feasts. Yet, I’ve always had an interest to learn.

Side note… this is one of the benefits of homeschooling – you learn what you teach your kids!

Studying and learning about the Biblical feasts helps you to know God more and celebrate what He's done. As a family, dig into this open-and-go study guide! #Christian #BiblicalFeasts #Bible

Learning About Biblical Feasts Study Guide

Included in the Study Guide:

  • Table of Contents
  • Biblical Feasts Calendar
  • Introduction – Importance of Learning About Jewish Feasts As Christians
  • The Jewish feasts in one year include: 
    • Purim (Feast of Lots)
    • Passover (Pesah or Pesach)
    • Shavuot or Pentecost (Feast of Weeks)
    • Rosh Hashanah (Feast of the Trumpet)
    • Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
    • Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
    • Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication or Feast of Lights)
  • What Does It All Mean?
  • A Prayer
  • Answers
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How The Study Guide Works (And What We Did)

This study guide is for great for children and families; it’s truly and open-and-go.

  • The Biblical Feasts Calendar is a great tool to keep handy to remember the feasts throughout the year. (We have the calendar stored on the inside of our kitchen cabinet as our reminder!)
  • The Introduction is a great way to prepare your heart for why you and your family should take in the history of the Biblical feasts and how you can apply them today. 
  • Each feast is divided up into sections:
    • The History of the Biblical feast – This includes the happenings in the Bible leading up to the feast and the feast itself. It’s really a great summary making it easy to listen to and understand for children. We also incorporated a kids movie (Veggie Tales like this one is good for the littles) so they could watch the story leading up to the feast. You’ll find out fairly quickly that most movies don’t talk about the feasts themselves, which is too bad. This is where you want to make sure you’re picking up the study guide to reinforce the feast and why it was held.
    • How You Can Celebrate Today – I like how it takes the history and applies it to today as we live in the new covenant. This is what my children (and I) were particularly excited about. It also invites you to read the story out of the Bible as a family, which we love!
    • Questions – These are great for recall of history. My kiddos verbally answered, while I wrote their answers on the sheet provided.
    • Notebooking Pages – My children are smaller and are at the stage of drawing and beginning to write, so we just found an appropriate coloring sheet for the feast (such as Purim) and wrote the type of feast on it.
  • What Does It All Mean? – This ties the Old and New Testament together, which is really well done.
  • A Prayer – The prayer of salvation is so important, especially as we discover God’s goodness and His love for us, so this was a pleasant find.
  • Answers – Having answers is great for a quick reference, or if your older children are correcting their work by themselves.
Studying and learning about the Biblical feasts helps you to know God more and celebrate what He's done. As a family, dig into this open-and-go study guide! #Christian #BiblicalFeasts #Bible

Learning About Biblical Feasts study guide is a really great resource for the entire family. We highly recommend it!

So, how have you learned about Biblical feasts with your children?

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

Is Homeschooling Hard? The Honest Truth

Is Homeschooling Hard? The Honest Truth

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“I could never homeschool. I don’t know how you do it. Is homeschooling hard?”

This is really the burning question by moms who are momentarily considering the option of homeschooling.

They want to know if they can:

  • teach the curriculum or if it’ll be beyond them
  • handle being with their kids all day everyday
  • afford to leave their full-time work
  • keep their sanity in balancing it all
  • afford homeschooling
  • manage their emotions
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The honest truth

There is no fluffy answer as to whether homeschooling is hard and whether it’s for everyone, but it should first and foremost be something the Lord leads you and your family to do.

You’ll rely and trust in the Lord more because if you’re like me, you’ll feel unqualified to homeschool and yet called by God to do it.

Reflecting on why you’re homeschooling will become your anchor.

You’ll remember that it was the Lord who led you to this place, so He’ll be sure to guide and help you in it all.

Is homeschooling hard? Yes, it can be hard, but not for the reasons you think.

A Christian Preschool Curriculum We Loved!

A Christian Preschool Curriculum We Loved!

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If you’re looking for a good quality Christian preschool curriculum for your homeschool, I know the feeling.

Having our children take in good quality education filled with wonder, purpose and fun are something we want for our kids. I was so thankful to find God’s Little Explorers!

There was no exchange of product for this review.

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A Preschool Christian Curriculum: God’s Little Explorers

Review Summary: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Grades Used: PreK
Pros: Loved the interaction, activity, fun and all the learning!
Cons: It was a bit more involved on my part.

Preparation

I began with reading the beginning pages of the curriculum to get to know what was expected of my child and I. The sections to read included:

  • Table of Contents
  • Welcome to God’s Little Explorers
  • How is God’s Little Explorers Christian Preschool Curriculum structured?
  • What else will I find in the program?
  • Internet links
  • Assessment
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!

Detailed Review

PROS:

  • Biblical Adventure. First and foremost, I loved that this Christian preschool curriculum was about an adventure to find God and His Word. What a fun way to learn! It was hands-on and practical right from the get-go.
  • Bible. I chose the Read & Learn Bible based on the two recommendations from this curriculum, and it was a choice I was pleased with. I have a complete review of the Bible here.
  • Structure. The organization, plan and format of the curriculum is wonderful. It keeps things moving for a preschool-aged child and provides lots of options for me. The website links provided in the PDF were amazing as it gave printables, helps and so much more.
  • Songs. Songs are wonderful in helping children memorize, learn and have fun. With the songs being Bible-based, I found that my kids were memorizing scripture, too!
  • Life Application. This is so rewarding as we help our little ones apply what they’re learning, educating them about helping the family, responsibilities and manners.
  • Optional sections. There are so many options of learning including book bags, learning bags, hymn study, composer study and artist study.
  • You are not limited! There are so many learning ideas included in this curriculum!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!

CONS:

Preparation. Although the preparation wasn’t difficult, it still took some time, though the value in what this curriculum offers did not deter me from this fact.

Preschoolers also need the most hand-holding with everything, so there’s really no way of getting around what’s needed for this age.

Our Approach

Being that I’m not a very creative person when it comes to education and ideas, I like that this curriculum has it all including an organized plan.

We didn’t do everything as suggested by the curriculum whether it was for a lack of time, too much prep or we didn’t have the supplies on hand.

Finally

Enjoy the wonder, discovery and adventure that your children are on as they find God, learn and practically apply what they’re learning through this amazing Christian preschool curriculum, God’s Little Explorers.

I’d love to hear if you’ve used this curriculum or have any questions about it; I’d be happy to answer them!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

19 Ways To Make The Bible Fun For Kids

19 Ways To Make The Bible Fun For Kids

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I’m guilty. At times, I’ve let learning the Bible with my kids slide in our home. But, there are ways to make the Bible fun for kids and to get them excited about God and His Word!

The Word of God should be of utmost importance in our families.

But how often do we take time to intentionally and purposefully be students of the Word? Do we dive into the Bible with our kids? Or make learning about God a real thing?

We are blessed with so many great resources to help our children engage with the Word in a fun and practical way.

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Fostering a love for God in our children

God is not just Someone we learn about on Sundays; He wants a relationship with us AND our children every day, all day.

As parents, WE are responsible for cultivating and fostering in our children a love for God.

But, at times, we don’t know what to do to help our children learn about God.

Some of us have had experiences where learning about God is dry and boring. Or we’ve grown up in a religious home where our life is about works and our salvation is constantly on the line. Maybe you’ve just never grown up in a loving Christian home, and have no idea where to start helping your children learn about God.

Whatever your reason is or experience, you have a choice you can make today for the sake of your family. You get to bring light (the Word of God) into your home.

So where do you start?

Below are some ways to make the Bible fun for kids with a variety of engaging tools and resources.

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19 Ways to Make the Bible Fun for Kids

1. Bible journaling

2. Watch a Bible story on RightNow Media

3. Read out of an easy-to-read Adventure Bible

4. Bible story discussion prompts

5. Scripture writing

6. Sing Bible songs. Include actions if possible to help retain memory.

7. Narrate the Bible story to a friend

8. Memorize scripture

9. Activities and crafts

10. Games

11. Coloring books

12. Do a daily devotion

13. Bible app for kids

14. Act out the Bible story

15. Rewards/incentives for completing a scripture reading, memory verse, etc.

16. Bible reading plan

17. Pray out loud and/or write in a prayer journal

18. Bible study for kids

19. Object lessons

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As parents, we cultivate and foster in our children what we want them to know, love, believe and value about God, family, themselves, church, and the world around them.

Our investment in our children is crucial and a matter of their destiny.

Among these ways to make the Bible fun for kids, which ones will you implement (or have you implemented) in your home? Share with me in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie