Discipline

DC4K » Gaming addiction and kids of divorce – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Today’s post is by guest author Linda Alderfer, DC4K director and ministry coach.   Why do children’s ministers and DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) leaders need to be aware of gaming addiction? Excessive use of video games can become a trap (an addiction) kids get caught in as they try to escape their emotional turmoil. Experts have found that excessive gaming leads to addiction and health issues. According to adolescent expert Jim West, MA, LMHC, NCC, at Total Life Counseling Center,…

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Quarantine Blues – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It might just be me, but I doubt it. I’ve had some low days. Days where I found it hard to get out of the chair and out of the pity party. We are all so tired of this quarantine thing. I am even struggling with which day of the week it is. Our weather is warm, then cold (even snow) and that doesn’t help. I’m ready to work in the yard and plant flowers and a garden, but this waiting is tough. Do you…

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DC4K » Why kids of divorce don’t feel safe and what you can do about it – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Here is where many of us go wrong, we expect the child of divorce, who is caught up in an emotional train wreck, to function like any other kid. Doing school work, memorizing Scripture, answering questions about stories, and behaving appropriately may be almost impossible for children of divorce. Why? Their bodies are poised to respond to outside stimuli and interactions with fear. We know from brain research that fear strikes at the heart of learning. When a child is…

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DC4K » How Daylight Savings Time will affect kids of divorce – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  Next week when we go on daylight savings time children will rise an hour earlier. Most of them will rise while it is still dark outside. Some will have to wait on school buses in the dark. Monday all these children are going to arrive at school a little flustered and sleepy. It will take a few days or even weeks for their body clocks to get registered and set up on the new time zone. What if it’s…

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DC4K » When grandparents have custody of the grandchildren – discipline and how the church can help – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In my last post, I presented the many changes a grandparent must face when providing full time care for a grandchild or grandchildren when the child’s parents are not able to provide care. Now, I want to discuss the discipline issues many grandparents must face. It can be a daunting task to have to parent and discipline some of these children. Things have changed– you can’t discipline the second and or third generation like you did the their parents. These children are…

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Why do behavior problems escalate when there is a divorce? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  There are many things happening in a child’s life when parents separate or divorce. The child doesn’t understand adult problems and even though a lot of their friends have divorced parents, many children simply don’t know what the word “divorce” means. All they know is their parents were together and now one parent is packing their bags. In “Divorced Kids” by Laurene Johnson and Georglyn Rosenfeld we read, “It is more difficult to handle children during and after a…

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