Parenting

The Power in Living Out Your God Given Purpose

January 25, 2018

Bringing Out the Winner Mother Teresa was a woman of tremendous power, and not one ounce of that power came from her position. It was all about her character and personality. In 1984, Mother Teresa‘s order of nuns, the Missionaries of Charity, went to a convent in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Their goal was to build a …

It’s a Safari!

January 16, 2018

Are We There Yet? Your children or grandchildren are sure to smile and maybe burst into laughter as they meet their favorite Disney characters, Ninja Turtles, Star Wars characters and more- all while going on “Safari.” There will be two “Live with the Characters” shows, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., on February 24, 2018, each …

Serving Alabama Children through CASA

January 5, 2018

For children who have experienced abuse or neglect, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) can help make a difference by helping them work their way through the court and child welfare systems in search of a loving home. Each time a child is paired with a CASA Volunteer, their chances are greater to have the …

No Parent Left Behind: Addressing Teenage Megatrends

December 22, 2017

Education Extra Dr. Walt Mueller, the founder and director of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, will be presenting a seminar titled “No Parent Left Behind” at the Birmingham Parenting Collective Conference on Saturday, February 3 at the Oak Mountain High School auditorium. Mueller took a few minutes to answer some questions about the challenges parents …

Promoting Your Child’s Independence—and Why You Must

December 22, 2017

Healthy Living Many older adults say that today’s children are spoiled. While it is true that we parents are now giving our children far more material possessions and commercial entertainment than most of us received, the greater harm to our children’s development is that we tend to foster their dependence upon us. Not only do …

College Choice: Essential Questions for Christians

December 21, 2017

Education Extra The intense competition for recruiting university students has masked the reality of ever-worsening diluted and polluted values in higher education. The unfortunate result of not knowing the real story is that far too many smart Christians have been duped into making dumb college decisions. Students and families are fooled by name-brand marketing campaigns, …

Mommy & Me: Developing Creativity & Expression

December 15, 2017

Special Feature Toddlers – this one is for you! Grab your favorite adult and come dance! Create rhythms and movements and wonderful memories together! That’s right, January 16, 2018, Briarwood Ballet kicks off its “Mommy & Me” eight-week class especially designed for children ages 18 to 36 months. “What a joy it is to teach …

The GIFT of Music

December 11, 2017

Music Notes “Mom, thanks for letting me quit piano lessons when I was a kid!”… said no one ever! Actually, I can’t count the number of times I’ve had someone bemoan the fact that they quit taking piano or voice or [insert your instrument of choice here] lessons as a child. In elementary and junior …

Out of Balance?

November 25, 2017

Bringing Out the Winner I have had 16 knee surgeries in my lifetime. As you can imagine, I have spent a LOT of time in rehab. The greatest challenge to getting back to normal activity isn’t necessarily strength, although that is VERY important. It really boils down to balance. If your repaired leg isn’t as …

5 Ways to Equip Your Kids for Faithful Living

October 26, 2017

Education Extra Since we as parents are called to equip our kids for a lifetime of living under the Lordship of Jesus, it is essential for us to prepare them for a lifetime of weaving together the inseparable bond that must exist between belief and behavior. What we must instill in our kids is both …