Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Parenting Conference at Community Chapel This Sunday

Rick Johnson Speaking at Community Chapel
April 15th 8:30 and 10:30 services and
Raising Kids of Character Workshop and Dessert 6-8pm 
 (applicable for parents of elementary – high school aged students)
Open to public free of charge, children’s classes available with pre-registration.
Contact the church office at (541) 367-5106

Raising Kids of Character

Ahhh…the joys of raising children! Who knew it was such a difficult task? And with all the negative influences out there, how can parents raise kids with character? You want your son to become a man of courage and integrity, with a good work ethic and a healthy understanding of love and responsibility. You want your daughter to be an empowered, self-sufficient, fulfilled, loving woman of character who makes wise choices in her relationships. Rick Johnson, founder of Better Dads and bestselling author, will help you discover how to raise kids of character by developing a specific plan that will help you navigate the challenges in your way.

About Rick Johnson and Better Dads

Author and speaker Rick Johnson founded Better Dads, a fathering skills program, based on the urgent need to empower men to lead and serve in their families and communities. Rick's books have expanded his ministry to include influencing the whole family, with life-changing insights for men and women on parenting, marriage, and personal growth.
Inspiring and equipping through innovative multimedia presentations and seminars, Rick's resources, methods and personal approach have been transforming men, women, and their families for over nine years.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

April 10th .........Childhood Sexual Development ??? and Chimichangas :)

Have your kids ever asked you awkward questions about their body parts? Not sure how much information to give and at what age it's appropriate? 
This next Tuesday April 10th Pete Kauffman, father of four boys and pastor at Sweet Home Mennonite, will be talking about Childhood Sexual Development. At our last Club Mom meeting a bunch of us moms were sharing stories about our kids and the tough questions they ask us about their "privates." Discussing body parts and what you do with them to 4 and 5 year olds can be a daunting task and so we hope this next meeting to offer you some advice and share a Christian perspective on teaching our kids a healthy understanding of their body and sex. Bring your questions!! If you don't have kids old enough to ask those kinds of questions yet trust me they will. Hope to see you there.

We will also be making some Chimichangas for you to take home for dinner!
As always we will be there at 9am and a hand full of lovely ladies will be there to watch your kiddos.  Come hangout with us!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

loving the little years

A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents

Just found this on another blog it's from Kevin Leman. I need to post this on my fridge!

1. My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you.

2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely: don’t restrict me unnecessarily.

3. Housework will always be there. I’m only little such a short time—please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.

4. My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs; don’t nag me all day long. (You wouldn’t want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness.) Treat me as you would like to be treated.

5. I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.

6. I need your encouragement, but not your praise, to grow. Please go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.

7. Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I’ll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.

8. Please don’t do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn’t quite measure up to your expectations. I know it’s hard, but please don’t try to compare me with my brother or my sister.

9. Please don’t be afraid to leave for a weekend together.  Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it’s a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.

10. Please take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God.