Here are some of the things that I’ve read over the last few weeks – these posts often inspire conversation in our family:
Following on from my newsletter a few weeks ago Time to Think about Christmas, our family has talked about how we want to celebrate and make Christmas meaningful as older kids/teens/young adults. My eyes caught this post 10 Creative ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season with your Teens . Some fun ideas to think about there as we recreate some of our ‘traditions’ and make them more appropriate for our family as we are today.
Why Switchfoot won’t sing Christian songs: Though I have never heard of Switchfoot (and maybe I should have???) their response struck a chord with me, and it is something we have talked about a lot in our family. What makes something Christian? Christian music, art, writing, story? etc…. I want to encourage my kids to be creative, do the things they want to do without labelling it ‘Christian’ and yet always giving glory to God. And I think I’d like to hear their music!!
I love this tree! I know this is an Advent calendar but I could be happy with a simple tree like that (one day).
I’m printing this poster out – 6 Types of Questions your Student needs to know about – so that we can be aware of these things in our family conversations. I have issues with Socrates in that he didn’t bring things down to an ultimate truth (which we know comes from God’s Word) but his method of questioning is central to thinking deeply.
I read this article a few weeks ago, and the challenge still goes around in my head: how can I be aware of supporting and encouraging those who are hurting on the inside, when the hurt or need isn’t as obvious as a new baby or physical illness. Families dealing with Mental Illness need Support too.
And for those not on Facebook, here’s a photo of our family after we decorated our tree, and one of our new dog…