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Helping Your Child Be a Real Friend - Part 2
November 21, 2018

Our children have personalities, and maybe you’ve found yourself saying, “My child has a BIG personality!” Expecting all these personalities to mesh harmoniously to produce precious, genuine friendships in childhood is a tall order. But there are steps we can take to help our child be a good friend. Hopefully since […] [READ MORE]

Helping Your Child Be a Real Friend
November 7, 2018

We all want our child to be a good friend; someone who is kind, generous, and compassionate toward others. Learning to be a good friend only happens through practice. Our children will learn to be a good friend as they experience real friendship with real people. These interactions can be […] [READ MORE]

Taming the Time Monster - Part 2
October 31, 2018

Time management research emphasizes setting goals so that you know where to invest your time the most. When we know what is most important to us it helps guide the use of our time. Here are some very practical tools to help your family move from frantic hurriedness to calm predictability Learn […] [READ MORE]

Managing the Time Monster
October 24, 2018

Most families today will tell you they are overextended, too busy, or feel like they’re running a never ending race. Thankfully, we’ve all been given a gift from God - 24 hours in a day. If you’re like me, you some days wish there were more than 24 in there […] [READ MORE]

Teaching our kids Honour through discipline Part 2
August 22, 2018

We tend to look at fit and healthy people and think, “They must be really disciplined.” We also know we’re called to discipline our children, so what does discipline really mean anyway?! When we discipline our children we apply appropriate consequences now in a way that helps them choose correctly […] [READ MORE]

Teaching our kids Honour through discipline
August 8, 2018

Disciplining our children is one of the most difficult aspects of parenting. It requires so much patience and consistency on our part that it can be totally draining. Rest assured, we all have times when we wonder if we’re really doing a good job at this parenting thing. We all realize […] [READ MORE]

My Child and Technology - Part 2
July 18, 2018

Technology is everywhere! It is neither good nor bad, it just is what we make of it. Most kids today have some sort of mobile device. We want to take some time to figure out how we build boundaries around our child’s use of mobile devices. Initially we need to address […] [READ MORE]

My Child and Technology
July 4, 2018

Whether it was video games at an arcade, Tetris on a Gameboy, music on a Discman, or immersing yourself in episodes of Full House, our childhood exposure to technology was vastly different from that which our children experience today. They are inundated with technology EVERYWHERE they turn. They even have […] [READ MORE]

Part 2 of Walking Your Child Through Fear
June 20, 2018

Recurring bad dreams, stomachaches before school, anxiety before a new event, and fear of the uncontrollable are some of the fears our kids are facing. Even if their fear seems unreasonable to us, your kids' fear is all too real for them. So, instead of glossing over their fear, or […] [READ MORE]

Walking your child through FEAR: Part 1
June 6, 2018

We all want our children to live life fully. One of the joys of childhood is the innocence that allows them to live with reckless abandon. As our children get a little older they begin to see the “real world.” Accompanying that can be some real fears that take hold […] [READ MORE]

Struggling at School - Part 2
May 23, 2018

Hopefully, you’ve had a little bit of time to think about your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Maybe you’ve even been brave enough to talk with them about it. Kudos to any of you who had that tough conversation. Every child will struggle with some area of life. Even if your child […] [READ MORE]

Struggling at School - Part 1
May 9, 2018

Parents, Have you ever looked at the calendar and felt your stomach drop as you realize your children are due to receive progress reports tomorrow? Maybe you smile a little as you think about your "straight A" 5th grader who’s struggled more than ever this past 9 weeks, or cringe a […] [READ MORE]

The Selfish Child - Part 2
April 18, 2018

Hi, there! As you read our last blog post and watched the video about selfishness, you may have found yourself saying, “YUP, my child can definitely be selfish!” Here’s the reality - WE ALL ARE! Each of us looks for ways to get what we want out of life. We say […] [READ MORE]

The Selfish Child - Part 1
April 4, 2018

Parents, Hopefully you are past the days of your child throwing a tantrum on the floor when you tell them you absolutely will not buy them their 50th Barbie or Ninjago Character. There’s a phrase that surrounds this kind of behaviour - spoiled brat. No parent wants a spoiled child, so […] [READ MORE]

Bullying - Part 2
March 21, 2018

Parents, I gotta be honest - I'm not on board with the origianl suggested content for this week's message. But I'm no expert on bullying so, I've included it at the end for those of you who are interested. What I really want to share with you today is this entertaining video […] [READ MORE]

Bullying - Part 1
March 7, 2018

Parents,This is a big day for our ministry. We are so excited to offer you two major resources: the online parenting class and the Family Experience. Each resource contains loads of information to encourage and support you as the spiritual leader of your home. Here's a video about the Family Experience and a link […] [READ MORE]

March 1, 2018

Hello fellow parents! I am so thrilled Byron United Church is able to offer you something that has been on my heart for a long time.  As your church family we want to deepen our partnership with you as you build faith and Christian character into your kids and youth. That's why […] [READ MORE]