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Teaching Kids to Pray Series: Be Real

As we recently learned, prayer can be simple. There is no special formula or method. There are no tried and true 12-step programs; there is simply, prayer.  The more we realize how simple it is, the more freedom we will have it exploring it, and thereby, exploring God. God is our friend. God knows us. God knows our life. When we talk with our best friend about our life, we share everything. We t

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Teaching Kids to Pray Series: Be Simple

In our last lesson in this series we covered the method of "Modeling Prayer" as an adult, parent, or trainer. Modeling prayer is vital in the learning process of children, but it goes beyond that. Although we must show by example a prayerful life, we also have to show it in a way that can be replicated. If I took a grade school child and set them all day under a college professor to learn, most p

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Teaching Kids to Pray Series: Modeling Prayer

Children are like sponges; they soak in all the things they see around them and those things affect them. We've all seen children imitate. Little girls put on their mother's shoes, little boys use their daddy's tools, and sometimes vice versa. From very early on babies start mimicking smiles and facial expressions. Children may not understand all they are doing or imitating at the time, they just

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Teaching Kids to Pray Series: Repeat-After-Me

Children typically do not teach themselves. For a child to learn a core value, skill, or truth, they need to be taught. Children may learn passively through their environments and other people, or actively through focused instruction. If we think of how a child learns to speak, we recall them learning words through repetition, and by picking up the sounds and syllables spoken around them. A child

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09Jul2014
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You Can’t Google That

They come in each Monday, flitting from friend to friend with the latest fad, toy, or electronic something-or-other to show during their own designated time of show-and-tell. Chaos abounds as they share their day’s activities and latest mobile device game. Between high pitch squeals, giggles, and “no-adults-allowed” cliques, I attempt to draw them away from the clamor to quietness, from dist

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