Grandparents

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,…

Read More

DC4K » How grandparents can help children of divorce honor their moms on Mother’s Day – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  With Mother’s Day on the horizon, many churches are planning how to celebrate the mothers in their congregation. In children’s classes around the globe, little kids will be making things to take to their mothers on this special day. There is one group of kids, though, who are conflicted about how to proceed with celebrating their mothers, and that is children of divorce. Like my son said when he was in elementary school, “How am I supposed to get…

Read More

The Window for Our Children – JIM MARTIN – Christian Article

The window is getting smaller. I thought about this as I watched our grandson, Brody, play basketball on Saturday. He will be in the fourth grade this calendar year. That is only nine years away from high school graduation. 9 Years! Nine years before he finishes high school. That is really not much — at all. If it sounds like a lot of time, you might ask the parents of this year’s high school graduating class (2020). Many of them…

Read More

DC4K » The Wind Chime That Changed Christmas – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

For this single-parent family, it was the first Christmas without the other parent. How could a wind chime make a difference? How did a wind chime help this single parent make new traditions during the holidays? It’s important for single parents to approach the birth of our Savior during the Christmas holidays. It doesn’t have to be all about presents, stressing over where the kids will celebrate Christmas or who is going to purchase the best gifts. It should be,…

Read More

DC4K » Reasons Why Children Get Angry During the Holidays – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Some single parents face the holidays with excitement and a resolve to make this holiday season the best ever for their children. However, if this is the first year a single parent in your church has faced the holidays, he or she may be approaching the holidays with trepidation. These single parents might not be sure how their children are going to react to the coming holidays. This article explains a few ways children may express anger during the holidays.…

Read More

DC4K » 15 fears and worries single parents face – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Recently in our Single and Parenting class we covered the question, “What fears and worries do you have raising your children by yourself?” Our group was quick to share from their hearts. I’ve asked this question many times at workshops and seminars. Here are some answers I’ve garnered over the years How would I keep my kids safe? When my kids lived close by I never worried about their safety. If something happened I was just down the street but…

Read More

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…

Read More

DC4K » 3 reasons grandparents who parent grandchildren are emotionally exhausted—and how you can help – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Grandparents who parent their grandchildren come in all ages, shapes, sizes, and colors. Some are healthy. Others aren’t. Some are financially stable. Others live on a fixed income. Many are married. And many are single. And some are in second and third marriages. But no matter the age, health condition, marital status, or finances, raising grandchildren is emotionally tough. Let’s look at three reasons why parenting grandchildren is so emotionally taxing. Then I’ll share some of the emotional challenges faced…

Read More