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In this day and age of the internet, we are bombarded with ever-newer gadgets, such as iPods, iPads, iPhones, iTunes, iMovie, and social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The list continues to grow daily!

Technology demands that the times also change, evolving us into an electronically connected and "tech savvy" society. With change comes the addition of many pros and cons that reach out to include everyone, especially our children. If we as parents and leaders do not embrace this new, technological reality, what will be the impact on the future of Christianity and the wholeness of our children as they grow into adults?

We invite you participate in this important discussion by adding your comments to the questions posed. Note that although your email address is required for security purposes, it will not be displayed, divulged, or otherwise published in any way. You can comment with confidence!


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Camp Peace 14 Day 1
June 10, 2014
I always start the very first day of camp with anxiety.  I'm not sure why because we have done this for 7 years now.    To my relief this year is off to a great start.  We have lots of kids and good ones too who are excited to be here and are getting along with each other.  This weeks theme is Treasure Hunters and we are learning to use Gods Word in our every day lives.  In addition to our Bible lessons, we are having lots of summery fun.  There is a kid sized pool table, ping pong table, air hockey table and yard darts.  But really the best game of the day involved our imagination and empty cardboard boxes used as pirate ships.  We had a skull and cross bones flag and sponge balls which were used as cannon balls.  Though the activitiy was intended as a game, we had a ton of fun throwing the cannon balls as fast, as hard and as far as possible, aiming to hit the next guy.  Nothing was won or lost.  We just had a blast being energetic and free.

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Camp Peace 14- Getting Ready
June 10, 2014
Last week I was setting out the supplies for Camp Peace 14 and thought, the room smells like camp.  I suppose someone else might think this sounds unpleasant, but for me, the smell was confirmation that Summer was about to begin and I felt excited for the welcome change of pace.  I was surprised at the realization camp had a smell. I hadn't really noticed it before but it's like the beach or a fine glass of wine,inclusive of a combination of things that activate your senses. These things come to mind.  Cardboard, glue, glitter, Clorox, sweat, laughter, paint, fun, water, grass, and no school.  I suppose that doesn't really help, but mostly camp just makes me, makes all of us, feel happy. 


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Parent the child you have, not the child you wish you had.
May 5, 2014
I have a barefoot girl.  Let me explain.  I cannot even count on my fingers the amount of times we have gotten somewhere without my 13 year old daughters shoes.  Our exit routine consists of the repetitive question, Do you have your shoes, which helps but is not a sure thing.  She has grown better at remembering but even at her age arriving at school without shoes still happens.  One day I was so exasperated with the fact that we ended at school without her shoes that I made her wear mine, a whole size too large and definitely not the style, in hopes that she would learn.  Again, not the case.  How can she always forget her shoes?  You would think shoes would come to mind immediately as bare feet hit the cold wet morning ground.  I have concluded that she is a barefoot girl and nothing can change this fact.  It is so ingranied in who she is, that remembering shoes is not a natural thing.  So, after 13 years I have given up trying to teach this important task and now celebrate the fact that I have a barefoot girl.  In spite of myself, I recently read a quote.  "Parent the child you have, not the child you wish you had." A gentle reminder how perfect she really is.  In what way do you have to change so that you can parent the child you have and not the child you wish you had? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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I don't want my kids to grow up.
April 23, 2014
This past week I spent time with some great parents as they helped me with our Easter activities.  We got to discussing parenting and the challenges it brings and concluded that it was very hard letting your children grow up.  Maybe you long for the days when they are more independant and need less supervision but with that comes exposure to all sorts of issues.  They desire to be with their friends and the influence of their friends may not be exactly what you had hoped.  How do you continue to raise your children as they grow up to love God, and continue seeking you, their parents, for advice and guidance?
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My Mom does everything for me!
April 8, 2014
Recently I was taking with a group of High School Seniors about the colleges they hoped to attend in the fall.  The conversation evovled to the actual date they will head off to school and start a new daily routine on their own.  These young ladies all agreed that they would for sure feel homesick.  I agreed this would inevidably happen, but this was a  normal feeling for all kids as they headed off to college and reassured them that the feeling eventually goes away.  One girl responded by saying, "I know I will be homesick and probably drop out of college and come home."  By the way, this girl already has a free ride through dance scholoarships.  She continued that she expects she will hold out at the most, three weeks.  I was shocked.  "Why on earth would you want to give up on your scholarships and bright future just because you feel homesick?" I asked.  She responded by saying, "I know that I am going to miss that my mom does everything for me and know that I'm going to get tired of doing everything for myself." This response is scary on many levels, but it got me to pondering.  Am I teaching my children to be independant?  Are you? Let me know what you think. [READ MORE]


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I Hate School!
April 1, 2014
I was troubled this weekend by the overwhelming amount of kids who expressed their lack of enthusiasm for returning to school following their week of Spring Break.  This general feeling came from quite a few kids who most likley get excellent grades.   "I Hate School," they all replied. "Why do we have to spend 6 to 7 hours learning about something that doesn't have anything to do with our future?" they wondered.  The conversation has since continued as I have asked various parents their thoughts on the matter.  Why do kids hate school so much?  Is it normal?  Are academics tougher? Are kids distracted with electronics and extra activities that cause them to feel distracted and bored at school? Or does Education need to step up to the times? What do you thinK? [READ MORE]


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Are you a Helicopter Parent?
March 25, 2014

A helicopter parent  is a parent who pays extremely close attention to a child's experiences and problems.  Helicopter parents are so named because, like helicopters they hover overhead never allowing their child space to make choices or make mistakes on their own. What are pros and cons of being a […] [READ MORE]



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Your Children are watching you.
March 18, 2014
Your children are always watching you.  In fact, they will more likely do what you do before they will do what you say.  Do you agree? Share a positive or negative eye opening moment when you witnessed your child responding to a situation because of how they saw you behave in a similar situation.  
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Is your family life out of balance?
March 11, 2014

I constantly hear parents express how tired, over worked, rushed, and out of balance they and their families feel. Is this how you feel too or have you regained a sense of order? Let's share what works or doesn't work for you and your family […] [READ MORE]



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Our Children's Heroes
February 10, 2014

When students were recently asked about their heroes, for the first time in over twenty years they did not list an athlete at the top of the list. Their number-one response was "Mom and Dad." They hunger more for relationship than for information- even relevant information. How does this statement […] [READ MORE]



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Gaining Knowledge Without a Leader or Teacher
February 2, 2014

Studies show that the current generation of children can gain knowledge without the need for a leader or teacher. How does this impact our role in raising our children within the Christian faith […] [READ MORE]