We’ve turned a corner into November. We hope that the turn of the calendar page brings joy to your hearts as your family considers holiday plans and activities. Check out our links from around the web for some thoughts on family traditions and the relationships between parents and kids.
Around the Web
Gospel Thinking: How Do We Decide Our Family Traditions?
Eric Schumacher considers how to keep traditions gospel-centered in the twenty-first century at Risen Motherhood.
- When it comes to parenting, the question of (and conflicts over) traditions is natural. I love traditions. More accurately, I love my traditions. So, navigating which traditions we would observe was an unexpected journey for my wife and me.
Personal preference aside, I felt the pressure to “keep Christ” in our holidays and celebrations. I heard that seasons and days were especially good if we made them about Christ, more than other “normal days.” The world encroached upon them with secular influence. My job, as a husband and father (and pastor), was to “take them back.”
Students, Do Not Cut Your Parents Out Of Your Friendships
If you’re a parent of teens, or you’re looking at that on the horizon, you may find that your relationship with your kids is changing. These words from Joshua Gibbs at the Circe Institute speak to families in that stage.
- I would like everyone to remember back to the age of nine or ten for a moment. For most of you, this was five or six years ago. Over the last five years, have you become more righteous? Are you more obedient now than you were in fifth grade? Have you, with every passing year, come to love your parents more? Do you pray now with greater fervor than you did years ago? Do you confess your sins to your parents more quickly, more readily now than you did before? Are you growing in the Lord?
Or, since the age of nine or ten, have you become less and less righteous with every passing year?
Homeschooling Moms and the Question of Self-Care
Many of our Story Warren families home school, but even those who have chosen other educational paths can learn from these words of perspective from Ginny Yurich.
- There are a handful of typical responses to homeschooling families from non-homeschooling families. They often sound something like this:
“I could never do that.”
“That’s not for us.”
“I don’t have the (confidence, time, patience, money, etc.).”
“Why would you do that to yourself?”
We have become a society where being with children, even our own children, is often viewed as a punishment, whereas the Bible calls children our greatest reward.
“Hurray for Re-Issues!” by Gladys Hunt
The folks at Redeemed Reader have one final blog by Gladys Hunt, a list of recommendations of classic books re-issued.
- We end our series of posts by Gladys Hunt with a tribute to classic picture books, recently re-issued.
In the last few years publishers have been reissuing picture books that are delightful offerings from some well-loved authors and illustrators. Here are some you may want to look for.
Around the Warren
Literary Rites of Passage
John Sommer recommends thinking of books as literary rites of passage.
- You are holding on tighter than he is. The palm of your hand is sweaty when you finally let go of that foam-padded bike seat. The brightly painted bicycle wobbles, but this time it doesn’t fall down. That little head turns and flashes a toothy smile. You shout, “You’re doing it! You’re doing it!” Your child has passed a rite of passage—learning to ride his bike.
The Faithful Spy, a review
I (Carolyn Givens) get to review a new favorite book for you this week.
- Two years ago, I sat near John Hendrix around a campfire and he told us about the book he was working on. He said it was a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer that would tell the story of the plot within the German ranks to kill Hitler during World War II. Oh, and he was drawing it—not a graphic novel, but not a straight biography either. Something new. Something in between the two.
I’ve been waiting to read it since.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Are you a family fun night family? Need some new ideas for things to do? We got ’em for ya!
Something to Watch
Who owns the Statue of Liberty? Well, it’s complicated.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.