Parents with Elementary Children

http://www.whitememorial.org/uploads/2ndgrWWprayercatchers.jpgWhat to Expect?
This developmental overview covers what to expect in the intellectual, physical. social, emotional, and spiritual development of your children.
Ages 6-9            Ages 10-14         

Screen Time in the Summer–What’s a Work-From-Home Mom To Do? by MaryAnn McKibben Danna
When we first began practicing Sabbath, we weren't sure what to do about technology: TV, video games, social media and the like. We started out by putting a limit on those activities....

Why We Welcome Little Children to Worship (article)

Meal Prayers for all Occasions
Many families say grace before a shared meal, usually dinner. But what about the other times that we nourish our bodies?

Prayer Games for Kids
Kids learn through play, which makes games a great way to teach children the importance of prayer. Teaching them about prayer through games will show them how to do it while making it fun at the same time. These games are good for Sunday school classes or for teaching about prayer at home.

Come Ye Thankful Children


Four Ways Children Do Faith Better Than Adults

Because Family Matters (article)

How can we be spiritual in the home?  
Does this sound like a challenge to you? Start with simple ideas and integrate them with what you already do in the home. 

Praying with Children  resources for parents and church school teacher that includes tips and ideas for praying with children.

Storypath... connecting children's literature with our faith story
This site represents the work of students, faculty, staff and alumni/ae  involved in graduate theological education at Union Presbyterian Seminary.
Reviews for books for ages 6-9
Reviews for books for ages 10-13


Take it. Break it. Share it. Love it.
In the second season of the TV drama Mad Men, young and rising advertising copywriter Peggy Olson lands the Popsicle account by comparing a mother’s act of taking a twin pop from the freezer, breaking it in two and giving it to her children to the ritual of sharing in the Sacrament of Communion. 



Ideas for talking about diversity with the storybook "The Crayon Box That Talked":



Activities to Teach and Reinforce manners

Manners Board Game
Super Manners Board Game
Manners Bingo
Table manners matching gameas a way to discuss table manners in an interactive and fun way.   Make copies of this visual and  hang it  at home–or cut apart, mix up and then match up the pictures and phrases that go together.



http://www.whitememorial.org/uploads/IMG_9886(1).jpgServe others through Random Acts of Kindness
Brainstorm with your family a list of random Acts of Kindness that you can easily show to others throughout the day. Label a jar "Random Acts of Kindness." For each act of kindness, family member can put na object (bean, penny, etc) in the jar. At the end of each week count the objects to see how the family is doing extending kindness to others.
Examples:
- smile at people and saying hello (especially without being asked!)
- be polite and say please and thank you
- help someone by holding the door
- help someone by carrying something heavy
- give someone a compliment
- when asked to do something, do it right away and with a glad heart