Valentine

20 Homemade Valentine Ideas

There’s something magical about a kitchen table covered in glitter, glue, and hearts made from paper doilies. The valentines of the store-bought variety have become so commercial. They’re more about characters, and less about extending a gift of friendship. This year, why not spend an afternoon crafting and creating with your kids, making truly unique and special valentines for their friends at school?! Have fun making valentines as you make MEMORIES with your kids! Here are 20 ideas to get you started.

Lies

Lance and Lies

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons.  It seems everywhere you turn this week you’re probably hearing about Lance Armstrong coming clean and admitting he lied during his incredible career (the interview with Oprah is today by the way).

But what about you? Have you ever had one of those lies that just spiraled out of control?

How did you mend any relationships that were hurt in the process?

Maybe you’ve had something on your heart that you want to confess, and  haven’t really figured out how to set yourself free. You can call the New Shine.FM and get it off your chest right now too. We’d be happy to pray with you too!

Veggies

Good News Story: It Starts With a Seed

We love hearing stories of inspiring kids!  It started with a tiny cabbage seedling that Katie, a third grader in South Carolina, took home and tended until it grew to 40 pounds!  Her parents always reminded her and her younger brother that they were lucky to have food on their table every night.  So Katie decided to donate that cabbage to a local soup kitchen. Now, Katie is 11, and has several gardens and has donated 2 tons of fresh produce to organizations that serve people in need!  She says her goal is to eliminate hunger completely.  Watch her story here.

Radio Sleeping

Listening All Night Long!

Dear Dr. Bill,

Our 13-year-old son listens to his radio all night long.  My husband and I disagree about whether this is healthy or not — I wonder if our son is getting enough rest and if his brain doesn’t need a break!  Is this healthy?

–Karen

 

Dear Karen,

When you say your son listens to his radio “all night long,” are you speaking literally or figuratively?  If he listens to his radio at bedtime and then falls asleep, I wouldn’t be overly concerned.  On the other hand, if he truly does listen “all night long,” you’re right—it’s not healthy and his brain does need a rest.

Young teens should be getting at least 8-9 hours of sleep per night.  Most don’t, and insufficient sleep can interfere with memory and learning, cause mood problems–even contribute to obesity!  You and your husband need to get on the same page and start setting some firm limits on the amount of time your son listens to music each day, and what time the radio goes off in the evening.

In addition to the sleep issue, if your son spends all of his free time after school and in the evening listening to music, his life is out of balance. He needs to be getting exercise, spending time outdoors, reading, developing meaningful friendships, and engaging in church and social activities.

Just as important as the amount of time he spends listening is the kind of music he’s listening to.   Much of today’s popular music features lyrics that are highly sexualized or that advocate violence.  Some groups are known for songs that emphasize dark, hopeless themes—even to the point of advocating suicide.

By the way, Focus on the Family’s Plugged In website and offers parents reviews of the latest music, helping them to make wise choices about the groups and lyrics they allow their children to listen to.

Thanks for writing Karen.  If you have a question for me about family issues or Christian living, click the “Questions” link on the Family Expert page.

 
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