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Teachable Moments – Talking about 9/11…or not

Parenting is all about teachable moments . . . taking moments as they naturally come and use them to teach a lesson about life.  Once, my now 8-year old son asked me why don’t you sell your car and buy a convertible?  So we had a talk about how money is made/earned, supply and demand, and depreciation . . . all on a level that he could understand.  Whether that lesson actually stuck is a separate question.

Somehow, we’ve managed to make it through the last few weeks without being bombarded by stories and images of September 11, 2001.  This means that our kids’ views of the event haven’t been shaped by the media coverage or political speeches.  It seems like a teachable moment.  The lesson outline is still forming in my mind.  There are countless resources available online to talk to kids about it.  But that assumes that you’ve decided to teach them about it.

If you have children who have only known a post-9/11 America, have you chosen to talk to them about what happened that day and since?  Why or why not?  If you have, what was the one take-away lesson you try to impress on them?


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Hello, Stranger! Can I brighten your day?

brighten-your-dayI’m looking for some help with an experiment.

Have you ever noticed that some people have a way of making a room darker just by entering it?  There’s something about their personality, attitude, or outlook on life that makes you wish you were somewhere else.

Then there are people that can make almost any situation better simply by being present.  Sometimes it’s their demeanor.  Sometimes it what they say, what they do, or the expression on their face.  Whatever it was, they made your day better simply because your paths crossed.

Here’s where I could use your help:  Please share your ideas on how to brighten the day of a stranger. How would you make their day better?

Or:  If a complete stranger came up to you, what could they say to you or do for you right then and there that would make your day better — a little bit brighter?

I’m looking for ideas that are small enough that just about anyone could do it, but noteworthy enough that the other person would probably remember it at the end of their day and maybe even tell a friend about it.

Please post your comments here on this blog so others can join in on the discussion. Thanks!


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Conversations with a 6-year old

Jesus is coming

Kids say the darnedest things . . . or so the saying goes. This week, I had a few interesting conversations with my 6-year old where he brought up some things that made me go hmm. Here’s one of those conversations.

We were out shopping for a birthday gift for my 4-year old daughter. A few miles from where we live, there’s a billboard along the highway that boldly proclaims Jesus Is Coming.

Him: Why is that sign there?

Me: What sign? Continue reading

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