Author Archive | Becky Danielson

The Faith-Filled Halloween Pumpkin

Carving pumpkins for Halloween is a fun activity for families. The evening can be focused on faith, not scary costumes designed for fear. Bring faith into the mix by using this poem as a template to decorate a pumpkin that symbolizes faith in Christ. You can use a large pumpkin with Mom and Dad carving […]

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Tips and Tactics for Halloween

Halloween is a holiday parents enjoy or dread. It can be fun and entertaining or chaotic and scary. Making a few decisions as a parenting team and then with the family as a whole will help to get everyone on the same page regarding considerations and expectations. Then everyone in the family can enjoy the […]

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Executive Function is Enhanced Through Play

Executive function is a buzz phrase in education. In the most basic terms, executive function allows a child to organize, plan, and get things accomplished. These school readiness skills are as important as academics. Self-regulation, problem solving, and attentiveness are all executive function skills. Play-based activities in preschool and at home, allow children to practice. […]

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Why is PLAY Important for Your Child’s Development?

“What did you do at school today?” asked Mom on the car ride home from preschool. Ashley, the 4-year-old in the backseat answered, “I played with my friends!” If this is your child’s usual response, FABULOUS! Play is your child’s job. Play is a vital part of your child’s job description. Through play, children explore […]

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The Dance: Separation Anxiety in Parents

While providing tips and strategies for parents in how to help children cope with separation anxiety, I was struck with many parents’ reactions to the subject. Children are not the only ones who suffer angst when being separated from loved ones. Just when a parent gets comfortable with the changes in the child’s life, another […]

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I’m a Capable Tween, Right? Middle School Angst

Middle school tweens, they are not youngsters anymore but not yet teenagers. Behaviors often vacillate between the two! Moving to middle school from the security of elementary school can be exciting or daunting. The resulting anxiety can be minimal or overwhelming. Although separation anxiety usually occurs in younger children, the angst associated with being apart from […]

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Back to School for Little Ones

It’s time to get our little ones ready for school! Lori Wildenberg, my ministry partner and co-author, and I have a lot of experience sending our preschool through college-age children out the door for the first day. Combining our knowledge with that of the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team, you and your kids will be […]

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7 Reasons to Ask Your Child Good Questions

How was school? Good. What did you do? Play. Did your teacher read a story? Yes. Tired of one word answers from your preschooler? Want to learn more about your child’s school day? First things first, ask better questions. Open-ended questioning is a helpful parenting skill for a variety of reasons. 7 Reasons to Ask […]

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