Highschool – the age of identity and issues

So, your teen has entered high school, and soon, he or she will be off to college or entering the workforce. While you’ve been helping your child to prepare for adult independence and responsibility all along, it’s important to realize that your teen’s plans for him- or herself may be different from what you want. […]

Kindergarten – “the age of memorable statements”

By this age your child is talking in looong run-on sentences, paragraphs and wandering monologues. You will be amazed and entertained by the profound and uncensored things they say. If your child is in school they may have a more structured schedule demanding more focused attention. Kids at this age still need lots of time […]

7th 8th Grade – friends are more important than parents

Your child is changing so fast—in body, mind, and emotions—that you hardly know her anymore. One day she’s as responsible and cooperative as an adult; the next day she’s more like a six-year-old. Figuring out the new rules for you behavior as a parent can be intimidating. When is it acceptable to “like” their posts […]

5th & 6th grade – the age changing attitudes & emotions

Children at this phase are like the socks they buy, with a great range of stretch. Some are still “little kids” and others are quite mature. Some are already entering puberty, with body, emotions, and attitude changes during this stage. Friends become “best friends” and peer approval is highly motivating. Don’t worry, your opinion will […]

3rd & 4th grade – the age of curiosity & fairness

  What I’m Like: My curiosity and eagerness to explore new things continues to grow. Friends are more important. I enjoy playing and being with peers. I may follow you around the house just to find out how you feel and think, especially about me. This is the age of “Fairness – rules are rules, […]

1st & 2nd grade – the age of “Look at Me!”

What I’m Like: Affectionate and excited over school, I go eagerly most of the time. I am self-centered and can be quite demanding. I think of myself as a big kid now. I can be impatient, wanting my demands to be met NOW. Yet I may take forever to do ordinary things. I like to […]

Age 1 – 2 the phase when nobody is on time

Age 1 – 2 – the phase when nobody is on time We know that it is really hard (make that impossible) to be on time when your child is in this phase. Maybe your child filled a clean diaper just as you were headed out the door and it takes extra time to gather […]

Birth to Age 1 – “The Phase When Nobody Sleeps”

At this phase, sleep is a precious commodity and parents are spending most of their time comforting their babies and helping them sleep longer so that they can sleep longer. We know that getting to church can be really hard at this phase and we are here to help. We welcome babies in our Sanctuary [...]
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