Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School Year

Today’s tips for connecting with  kids through family time this school year is a sponsored post written on behalf of Heirloom  Audio Productions.

Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School YearEvery year around this time I share one of my most popular back to school blog post. The last time I shared it, I got comments from so many of you who were worried about sending your kids back to school, especially middle and high school. I’m not going to lie, I felt the same way before too which is what led to writing that post in the first place.

The verses inspire me to be more proactive in my kids school experience. It encourages me to be more intentional about connecting with my kids. It pushes me to be more consistent with reading the Bible together, and encouraging them to read and study the Bible on their own. On top of that, we make family dinner time a priority. We use that time during dinner to talk and listen to powerful stories from the past and present.

Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School Year

Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School YearThis is something I started when I homeschooled my kids and believe it helped build their confidence and faith. Dinner time is a super important time to connect with your kids. It’s the perfect time to talk and to listen to stories about courage, faith and character.

Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School YearThis year, we’re using a brand new series from Heirloom Audio Productions. This series is developed by the former sound designers of Adventures In Odyssey™ and provides that same style of Christian entertainment for families.

When we sit down for dinner to listen to the stories it gives us a chance to talk connect and share what’s going on in each of our lives. As we listen to the stories of the great heroes who relied on their faith to overcome obstacles I think it gives the kids courage. It helps them see that we all struggle with things, but it reinforces that they can trust God will help.

This first semester of school, we’ll be listening to The Dragon And The Raven. To help the kids make the connection, I created a meal that fit with the time in history when the story events occurred. The story is centered around the Vikings, who regularly ate baked bread, stews, potato and carrots. The food was eaten using wooden bowls, spoons and knives. Forks hadn’t been invented at that time so a sharp steak knife acted as both knife and fork. The kids really enjoy when I tie food and family time together.

Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School Year

Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School Year

What I like most about Heirloom Audio Productions is that they are based on historical events of believers who relied on God to overcome obstacles. Another thing is, “unlike images on a television show, it forces my children to use their own imaginations. Television doesn’t give kids a chance to think. It’s designed for them to absorb, while audio stories allow them to do both”.

This is going to be an exciting year of growth and development for our children. It’s up to us to pour in all the good we can. I encourage you to carve out time to do something like this with your kids, snap a picture and send it to me. I always love to see how families are using the ideas I share in their own homes.

If you want to recreate this dish, follow the recipe below.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1/2 lb of carrots

  • 4 large potatoes

  • 4 tablespoons of flour

  • 3-4 cups of chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil

  • salt and pepper

  • steamed rice

  • bread

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a large frying pan and turn on medium heat. Cut the chicken into 1 inch chunks and season.

2. Brown the chicken for about 10 minutes per side. While the chicken is cooking, peel and cube the potatoes.  Once the chicken is cooked, add the carrots, potatoes, and flour to the pot. Next, stir in the flour and add the broth. Bring to a boil, then turn down to low and cover for 10 – 15 minutes.

3. While the stew cooks, make a pot of steamed rice. Serve the stew over rice with baked bread.

Connecting With Our Kids Through Family Time This School Year

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Let’s continue to conversation in the comment section. I read every comment and interact with you there. I’d love to know how you’ll be intentional about connecting with your kids this school year?

What We’re Studying from the Bible with our Kids

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I do a lot with my kids, but one of the most important things I do is encourage them to read and study the Bible.

A good knowledge and understanding of Gods word will make a greater impact on their lives than anything I could ever tell them.

While I verbally share the scripture with them in our days to day conversations, I still make require them to spend some part of the day reading it for themselves.

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Prepping Our Hearts to Patiently Parent

PREPPING OUR HEARTS TO PATIENTLY PARENT

You are either in the throws of spring break or anticipating it’s arrival. That time when your kids are out of school can be a time of growth and strengthening of the family or chaos.

I want that time for your family to be about growth, but in order to do that you must make a plan for success.

 

How do you do that?

The way me cultivate a God focused spring break where He get’s the glory in honor is by prepping our hearts to patiently parent. It’s to hard to do at all, but it will take some intentional actions on your part.

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3 Tips on How to Parent With Patience Not Frustration

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To be a great parent you have to be a great Christ follower. Raising children takes wisdom and patience, much of which comes with maturity not age.

Over the years as I’ve improved my character, through relationship with God, I’ve become a better mom.

By better, I mean more patient and wiser mom.

I’ve been a mom for over 20 years now and in that time I’ve a learned quite a bit about parenting I’d love to share with you in today’s video.

For your notes, I listed the key points below. I hope you enjoy this video and gain some valuable tips to help you parent with a little more patience and a lot less frustration.

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The 3 Relationships You Must Cultivate This Year

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Last year I challenged myself to come out of my shell and start being more hospitable. That meant cultivating my relationships with people outside of my home, but before I ever got to that point I needed to make sure that the relationships closest to me were healthy.

One thing I love about me is my transparency. If things aren’t gong well in my relationships, you’ll know it. I can’t put on a genuine happy face when my relationships are in shambles. This character trait is good because it forces me to consistently work toward nurturing my relationships so they remain healthy.

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Raising Kids Who Give, Save and Spend Wisely

Every Saturday is payday for my kids. They earn a small commission for jobs they have around the house and divide their earnings between tithe, savings and spending.

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My oldest son is turning 16 and will take over managing his bank account online soon. To help him get comfortable with online money management, I set him up with a Sow account via isow.com. What I love about Sow is that their mission is in line with what I teach my kids about managing money.

Sow refers to it’s youth as sowers, which I just love. As sowers, young people (or adults) are able to “save with meaning and spend with purpose”.

Sow provides three areas for sowers like my son to designate their money. They are savings, sharing, and spending.

After setting up an Sow account, my son created goals for his 3 Sow categories.

These digital categories mimic the categories he’s used to saving for already. The only difference is he can now manage them online.

Now, when he’s paid or gets birthday or holiday money, he can allocate it to his various Sow categories.

Having this account makes it easier for family and friends to get involved with helping him reach his goals. They can log into his profile using his special link, and give him money.

When they view his profile they can see exactly how he plans to allocate his money.

Current Sow goals:

1. Saving: First car

2. Sharing: Red Cross

3. Spending:

Well-meaning people love to give gifts, but may not be sure what to give. On the other hand, some parents prefer to curtail physical gifts in lieu of helping children reach monetary goals. I believe the goals they reach will have a far greater impact than a toy or digital device.

“Sow transforms birthdays and holidays to be about goals instead of goods, goods, and more goods”.

My son is saving for his first car which is a big deal to him. Our family can see that and help him get there.

While another pair of headphones would be great, he doesn’t need another pair. Almost everyone remembers their first car, but the 13th pair of headphones they got for Christmas, not so much.Saidah Washington Sow

I had the pleasure of speaking with Tanya Van Court, the brainchild behind Sow. She passionately shared her story with me, and the “why” behind creating Sow. You can read the article on Fast Company.com.

Right now you can set up your Free Sow account for yourself or your kids here.

Connect with Tanya on  Facebook or Twitter.

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It was written by a mom who was really beating herself up about not being able to control her anger when correcting her children. I’ve been where she is and because this isn’t the first time I’ve gotten an email along these lines I want to share my story and provide a little bit of insight and hope about what comes after the guilt trip.

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