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Friday: Where did the stars go?

Friday: Where did the stars go?

Quarantined with your kids? Here’s the final lockdown lesson that also sneaks in some valuable life truths. Phew. That’s five “lessons with layers.” Hopefully, these five brain-engagers met a need this past week. And perhaps they will remain useful for many weeks to come, even after the lockdown is over. Rather than save these last five emails, the best option is […]

Thursday: Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

Thursday: Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

Quarantined with your kids? Here’s the fourth of five lockdown lessons that also sneak in some valuable life truths. It’s Thursday. If you missed—or want to pass along—any of these “lessons with layers,” the best option is probably to go to the blogsite where they are all archived. (That’s actually where you are now.) Thursday March 26, 2020 Ask any kid — […]

Wednesday: Don’t Squash that Centipede! (Yet.)

Wednesday: Don’t Squash that Centipede! (Yet.)

Quarantined with your kids? Here’s the third lockdown lesson that also sneaks in some valuable life truths. Hope you’re enjoying my lessons with layers. The takeaway on Monday was to to teach our kids to look for the next right answer. Tuesday was how art and science elevate each other. I know some families are doing these lessons on the day they are […]

Tuesday: How to Paint an Alligator

Tuesday: How to Paint an Alligator

Quarantined with your kids? Here’s the second of five lockdown lessons that also sneak in some valuable life truths. I’m a fan of lessons with layers. For example, yesterday we talked about how counting the squares on a checkerboard can lead to lessons about multiplication, perseverance, philosophy, and “looking for the next right answer.” For this week, I’ve set aside five lessons from books like 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad, […]

Monday: How many squares on a checkerboard?

Monday: How many squares on a checkerboard?

Quarantined with your kids? Here’s the first of five days of lockdown lessons that also sneak in some valuable life truths. I’m a fan of lessons with layers. For example, enjoying a rainbow with your kids can lead to lessons on refraction, the color wheel, Noah’s Ark, and God’s faithfulness (Genesis 9:12-13). Riding a tandem bike can lead to discussions about teamwork, leadership, balance, decision […]

Notice Squirrels, Armadillos, and Kangaroos

Notice Squirrels, Armadillos, and Kangaroos

I rarely notice squirrels. When they climb Rita’s birdfeeder and scatter sunflower seeds all over the corner of our patio, I curse them mildly. But if I see one perched on a tree branch, I certainly don’t squeal with amazement, “Look a squirrel!” That’s because here in the Midwest, they’re everywhere. On the other hand, when a […]

Like Your Favorite Comfy Jeans

Like Your Favorite Comfy Jeans

Grab your personal study Bible—if you can find it—and assess its physical appearance. Might I suggest the condition of your personal faith journey is inversely proportional to the condition of your Bible. In other words, the more wear and tear, the better. Certainly, you need to respect the book itself. But you should feel comfortable […]

In Praise of Delayed Gratification

In Praise of Delayed Gratification

Hey Moms and Dads: Can your kids grasp the idea of delayed gratification? How about patience? Or the idea that doing something right takes time. Flipping that idea around: haste makes waste. You may already know about the “Stanford Marshmallow Test,” a study from the 1960s. Simply stated, children age four to six were given a choice of one marshmallow now or promised […]

Leave Your High School Yearbook on the Kitchen Table

Leave Your High School Yearbook on the Kitchen Table

Dear Parents: So your kids are back in school and trying to figure out where they fit in and how they might find success. It’s a classic challenge for teenagers of every era. Wouldn’t it be tremendous if you could have a long, laughter-filled conversation about your own days as an insecure, worried-about-the-future, not-living-up-to-your-potential teenager? […]

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