Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It is a real trick organizing life this time of the year.  This is true at home and also is true at church.  It takes planning, planning, planning, and prioritizing and simplifying. Today was Halloween (not strictly speaking a church holiday … Continue reading

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One Reason for Religion

Stress, stress, stress; it pervades modern life.  We all are aware how much pressure there is on our young people. How can we help them deal with it more effectively ? I have been rereading another of David Elkind’s books, All Grown Up and No … Continue reading

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The Old Man and his Grandson

Here is another story that I’ve used over the years.  It is a wonderful fable about the Golden Rule.  It also illustrates that young children learn by imitation.  It is from the brothers Grimm. There was once a very old … Continue reading

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Children’s Presents/Presence

OK, I’m a grandma and so you can discount all I say on the subject, but yesterday at church was over-the-top fantastic.  The day was full of the children of the congregation out in all their glory.  We don’t make … Continue reading

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Children’s Sabbath

Several years ago we decided to highlight several aspects  of our community life that are important to our congregation on specially designated Sundays.  We chose four focuses spaced throughout the year; children, reconciling in Christ, art, and ecology. Next Sunday, October … Continue reading

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The Hurried Child

One of the books I ran across when I was raising children 30 years ago was The Hurried Child by David Elkind.  I looked it up recently, since I am heavily into grandparenting, and was happy to see that it … Continue reading

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Fear Not

Several years ago a friend sent us this postcard in with his Christmas card:I have had it up on my bulletin board ever since along with a picture of a Buddhist statue whose hands are in a fear-not mudra.  I share … Continue reading

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Here There Be Dragons

In my family we tell a lot of dragon stories especially in the fall. These stories are great for helping children come to terms with all the powerful things in the world, both inside and outside themselves, that they have to learn … Continue reading

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