By Ralphie Jacobs
Did you know that the number one indicator of academic success is being an avid reader???
Talk about pressure to make sure that happens for your kids! Especially when each of them have their own natural inclinations to either love reading or... not so much.
Title: Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy
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Author: Donald Miller
Suggested Ages: Mid teen-Adult
It's funny how God works with me. Often times when I sense I need a change in my life, a resource focused on that topic will magically appear. That is what happened to me with this book. And the timing was amazing.
Do you ever feel like you just don't measure up?
Do you feel like no matter how hard you try, you can't ever do enough, be enough, or ever compete with everyone else? We all know that life is not a competition, but sometimes it feels like we are coming in dead last--and no one is around to cheer on the loser. Sometimes we're not sure we'll even make it to the finish line.
I felt that way a couple of weeks ago. It hit me pretty hard when I got on Instagram for the first time. I usually don't struggle with depression, but this started a downward spiral I couldn't get out of. Because everything I saw on Instagram was perfect.
Perfect bodies, perfect homes, perfect families, perfectly inspiring messages that touched my heart, but made me feel completely inadequate at the same time. It was rough. I was ugly crying and my poor husband tried to help, but I could tell he didn't quite know what to do! I knew I needed to snap out of it, but try as I might, I just couldn't shake the feelings of being the most ridiculous low life ever in the creation of...ever. It took me several days to get grounded again.
I'm in a good place now, but I know I'll probably have a day like that again. It happens. Maybe you'll have a day like that, too. (Though, I hope you don't!) Here are some things I want to remember the next time the perfection snare gets me again:
By Raphie Jacobs
A child’s actions often speak more loudly than words.
And the action that speaks the loudest is where they go when you are near. It says so much about what kind of parent you are if they stay close.
Have your kids ever come to you feeling upset because something is unfair? Sometimes kids whine (as we all do from time to time), but sometimes, they are upset for legitimate reasons.
Here are a few examples that might sound familiar:
We can empathize with our children, help put things in perspective if their viewpoint is off, and advocate for them when it is necessary, but could we do something more?
By now, you probably all know that I love old-fashioned books and movies, because they have old-fashioned values in them. And I think our world needs more of that. But recently, on a Facebook group I belong to, a mom asked about MODERN adventure stories for her teenage son that are clean. It got me thinking, and I decided to do a round up of our family's favorite clean adventure stories that have been written for this generation.
By Ralphie Jacobs
It’s that time of year, friends! Parents everywhere are searching and deciding what to do with their preschooler come September. More and more are turning to preschool co-ops. They’re free, intimate, and a great stepping stone to the real deal.
But some mothers dread doing a co-op, right? It’s completely out of their comfort zone. They’re either overwhelmed with having to come up with 3 hours of activities about the letter “B”, or the strict control of the curriculum leaves them feeling majorly boxed in.
I was totally one of those moms! It amazed me that I could have a degree in early childhood education and not want to teach preschool in my home.
But it all changed when one very important element was added.
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**Can we all agree to NOT judge this movie by it's cover?
If you do, you will be missing out on something GOLDEN! Yes, it's old--but it's fabulous!**
This TRUE story, The Scarlet and the Black, is absolutely amazing. You seriously couldn't make this up if you tried!
I love movies like this because they carry a sense of nobility within them. Courage and danger, sacrifice and loss, compassion and forgiveness are all center stage-- along with witty dialogue and achingly real characters. I have a lot of spoilers in this article, so if you want to be surprised, just go watch it already. If not, well--you were warned!
One of the most important things I have ever learned was taught to me by a baby.
Many of you might know the story of my sister Jessee and her daughter Ava, who passed away when she was only 3 months old. Jessee and her husband are amazing, faith filled people and they continue to inspire me. But what Ava taught me is probably one of the most important lessons I have ever learned.
But first, I have a confession: I never held my niece. Not once.
I've had a lot of internal shame about that for many years, though I'm finally at peace about it.
*I thought a kid's perspective might be helpful, so this post is written by my 12 yr. old son, Gideon (and there will be more to come!). Every time he had to stop reading this book to move onto something else, he would sigh and say, "SUCH a good book," so I asked him to share it with you.
I hope you enjoy it as much as he did!*
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