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Put down the homework for a while and do something fun!

I was thinking about King David, and what kind of man he was. A few weeks ago I watched a Bible history show on TLC or History Channel or one of those, I can’t remember the details. Anyways, they detailed his accomplishments when he was young—the famous David and Goliath showdown, how he helped alleviate the King’s headaches through his music, his rise to power. 

What strikes me is that David had a few talents as a youth, specifically playing the harp and using a sling shot. These two talents might not be too impressive today, and they probably weren’t super impressive back then, either.

Squishing Away Stress: Recipes for edible clay

Forming shapes out of clay is not only a fun way to help squish out stress and worry, now it can be a fun snack!  This recipe uses peanut butter, powdered milk, and honey to form a dough.  Because the dough contains peanut butter and honey, it is not suited for children under the age of 1 year.    The following recipe can be divided among 4-6 children, or dough can be stored in the refrigerator and separated into single servings as needed.  

Peanut Butter Play Dough (edible)

Balancing your child's exposure to conflict

Originally Posted on Franny's House on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:37 PM

We know it is unhealthy to raise a child in a home where there is a lot of conflict.  (Duh Jen!)  But have you ever asked yourself how a child raised in a home with no conflict would act?  Would that child ever learn to compromise?  To problem solve?  To get along well with others?  I believe children should be exposed to some controlled conflict so that they learn social skills vital to building relationships with friends and family.

Just for fun: When the rain pours down, splash in the puddles!

Originally Posted on Franny's House on Thursday, March 17, 2011 11:13 AM

Check out this adorablevideo of a juvenile elk frolicking in a mud puddle.  When is the last time you were light hearted and free like this?  When is the last time your kids romped and played like this? 

BTW, this video was shot by David Neils and you can see more of his work at http://www.offthepavement.orgSpecial thanks to my wildlife loving father for bringing this to my attention!  Thanks Dad!

Scary News: Talking to your child about current events

Originally Posted on Franny's House on Monday, March 14, 2011 10:41 AM 

Sometimes the scariest things on TV are not the "TVM" rated programs; it is the news.  The media spends so much time reporting death, destruction, and devastation because it is full of dramatic and true life stories.  This is what captures our attention and keeps us tuned in, and news programs are all about the ratings.  Also, the news is on all day long.  Local news starts before we wake up and continues until we are already at work, there is news at lunch time, early evening news, late night news, and on some channels 24/7 news.

Taking the High Road

Originally Posted on Franny's House on Thursday, April 14, 2011 8:05 AM

Lately I have been thinking about my life and the decisions I've made.  Specifically, I have been thinking about decisions that I made that made my life more difficult; decisions that I made anyways because it was the right thing to do instead of the easy thing to do.  How have these decisions affected my life in the long run?  How have they affected my children? 

My children look to both their father and me as role models to live their life.