Category Archives: Parenting

Are the Formative Years really that important?

I love spending time with my grandchildren Andi (6), James (8) and Luci (4). Not only is it great fun, but every experience is a learning experience. This picture is from this summer. – Lutsen, Minnesota Are a child’s most formative years — from birth to age five? Studies show that 90 percent of a […]

Happy Father’s Day

I’d like to give a SHOUT OUT to all the Dad’s out there.  You take the extra step, give the word of encouragement, help when help is needed and you are there.  Thank You! I’d like to take a moment and tell you about my dad, Roland Charles Beam – the best Dad, ever! I […]

Should We Teach Kids To Trust Their Conscience?

What is our conscience and should we trust it? OXFORD DICTIONARY – Conscience: an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior. “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God,” Romans 8:14 (NIV) “So I strive always to […]

Learning From Parenting Failures

Covid-19 has turned everything upside down. We used to feel like we were in control of our lives, now we feel like we are not. This is especially disconcerting, when we are talking about our kids.  Maybe you used to feel like a good parent, and now you find yourself yelling at your kids a lot. […]

Easter Cross Craft

EASTER CROSS CRAFT Getting creative to celebrate Easter. Easter is more than bunnies, candy and egg hunts.  This is a great way to allow your kids to get creative and you can also have a teachable moment. AND when finished you can showcase your artwork in your front window. As everyone is observing social distancing […]

Empty Tomb Crescent Rolls

  EMPTY TOMB CRESCENT ROLLS How to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection in the kitchen. This is a great way to talk about the resurrection of Jesus and the empty tomb with your family, in a fun and creative way.  You will use items you may already have handy. I’ve included baking directions, talking points and scriptures […]

My Top 5 Parenting Failures

You may not think very highly of me after reading this blog, but I’m willing to take the risk. It’s hard to talk about failure, but it might help someone and it’s therapeutic for me. Bottom line, even if it doesn’t help you it will help me. “When I was a boy of 14, my […]

Did You Know?

Yesterday, I picked up my granddaughter, Andi, from school.  On the ride home she kept talking about “additions,” and how we need to start a new addition at Christmas.  Believe me, I had no idea what she was talking about, and so I started asking her questions to clarify.  Finally, I realized she was saying […]