Christianparenting.org announces Christian headliners for the ‘Perfectly, Imperfect’ online event; launches podcast network

HELP AND INSIGHT FOR CHRISTIAN PARENTS

OCT. 23/24 – ‘PERFECTLY IMPERFECT,

AN ONLINE CHRISTIAN PARENTING EVENT’

In Concert, Christian Parenting Launches Podcast Platform

ChristianParenting.org

DALLAS – Sept. 23, 2020 – ChristianParenting.org – a leading online resource for parents of all ages experiencing the joys and challenges of faithfully raising a family – is hosting Perfectly, Imperfect, an online event featuring wisdom, wit and insight from trusted voices on the front lines of parenting.

“This event is for the parent who is worn down by expectations of perfection and looking to find rest and encouragement in knowing that Christ is made perfect in our weakness,” said Cynthia Yanof, wife, mom, author, podcaster and leader of Christian Parenting. “With the right resources given in the right ways, we know growth can happen in the midst of the busyness.”

At the same time, Christian Parenting launches more resources for believing parents with the Christian Parenting Podcast Network featuring insight and advice from leaders in building faithful homes.

Podcasts include Yanof’s Pardon the Mess; So,You’re Having a Baby; Legacy Dads with Lance and Dante; The Journey with Jonathan Pitts and more coming weekly.

The Christian Parenting Podcast Network curates the best parenting podcasts to help you leave perfection at the door and help you to become the perfectly imperfect parent God has called you to be,” Yanof said. “We invite you to explore our network of trusted parenting podcasts today.”

The Oct. 23/24 Perfectly, Imperfect event features trusted voices in the Christian parenting space offering video messages of practical and spiritual encouragement to parents all over the world. Not perfect parents, just parents who are willing to share about their imperfect experiences and point to the perfect heavenly father. Guests include: Korie Robertson, Bella Robertson, Chrys Howard and Jo Shackelford, Jamie and Aaron Ivey (Happy Hour), Toni and Sam Collier (North Point Ministries), and many more. See the full list here.

Christian Parenting is a brand of Denison Ministries which also produces the Denison Forum, featuring Dr. Jim Denison’s insight on news affecting Christians today, and First15 daily devotionals.

“Christian Parenting was created to give growing families of faith the practical and spiritual help needed on as many platforms and in as many ways as possible,” said Dr. Jim Denison. “Hundreds of thousands of parents are being transformed by Christian Parenting resources every day, and it’s helping people set aside perfection and actually grow into the ‘perfectly imperfect’ parent they were made to be.”

“If you’re feeling reactive instead of proactive as a parent, too busy to find the time to grow, and too worn down by expectations of perfection, these podcasts and our other resources are what you need,” Yanof said.

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New Book, Different Like Me, Encourages Kids to Celebrate Diversity

New Book, Different Like Me, Encourages Kids to Celebrate Diversity

NEWS SOURCE: Nashville Publicity

In the new book, Different Like Me (Our Daily Bread Publishing), children ages 3 to 7 discover that being different is okay, and that what they have in common is more important than what they don’t. With fanciful, full-color illustrations, readers follow a diverse group of kids as they work together toward a surprising and delightful conclusion.

Sometimes the things that make us different can leave us feeling like a fish out of water. Different Like Me takes young readers on a whimsical journey where each unique child works with the others to launch a giant colorful fish balloon. Along the way, the children learn to celebrate differences and uncover what they all have in common, so that even a “fish out of water” finds belonging.

Different Like Me features a wonderful variety of children with unique qualities. It is based on a story that the author, Xochitl E. Dixon, wrote years ago to explain to her own children the beauty of God’s diverse world. You’ll also enjoy the engaging questions you can use to start conversations about diversity with the children in your own life.

In Different Like Me, you’ll discover:

  • The beauty of diversity—cultural, physical, and more
  • Rhyming words and a repetitive refrain that capture kids’ attention
  • Conversation-starting questions around the topic of diversity
  • A valuable addition to school, church, and home libraries
  • A perfect picture book for children 8 and under

Whether in looks, cultural background, physical prowess, or academic excellence, there are no two children exactly alike. Different Like Me helps kids to understand that being unique is good and that God has made them as they are for a purpose.

Different Like Me is available now wherever books are sold.

About the Author: Xochitl (So-Cheel) E. Dixon, author of Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace(2019), serves as a speaker and a regular contributor to Our Daily Bread (www.odb.org) and Guideposts’ All God’s Creatures. A recent transplant to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, she enjoys spending time with her husband of over 25 years, Dr. W. Alan Dixon, Sr., and their sons, A.J. and Xavier. She serves the Lord alongside her service dog, Callie, and shares God’s truth and love everywhere she goes and in everything she writes. You can connect with Xochitl and Callie at www.xedixon.com. This is her first picture book.

About the Illustrator: Bonnie Lui is an illustrator and storyteller who loves to play. She constantly looks for ways to create fun in all forms of media, and her work can be found in books, games, and television. When she’s not making art, Bonnie also enjoys playing the ukulele and the piano. She lives, works, and plays in Los Angeles, where it is over 75°F and sunny every day.

About Our Daily Bread Publishing: Our Daily Bread Publishing is a division of Our Daily Bread Ministries—a non-denominational, non-profit organization with staff and volunteers in over 37 offices working together to distribute more than 60 million resources in 150 countries. Whether it’s a radio broadcast, podcast, book, mobile app, or website, we provide many ways to help people grow in their relationship with God. For more information, visit www.odb.org.

Lullaby House Music Launches with Debut Album, “You Are Loved,” Available Now

CREATOR OF SEEDS FAMILY WORSHIP LAUNCHES NEW MUSIC BRAND,
“LULLABY HOUSE MUSIC” WITH DEBUT ALBUM, YOU ARE LOVED
AVAILABLE NOW

NEWS SOURCE: Merge PR

WHITEFISH, MONTANA (AUGUST 11, 2020) The creators of the popular Christian kids music entity, Seeds Family Worship, has launched a new music brand, Lullaby House Music, with the release of the debut album, You Are Lovedwhich is available now. The first album is a mix of carefully written original lullaby songs and a few hand selected cover songs such as the 2020 massive hit, “The Blessing.” You Are Loved will take the listener on a journey to embrace the sweet moments of life with their child.

Lullaby House Music is a collective of amazing creatives, songwriters, singers, musicians, engineers and bloggers. The collective is led by Jason Houser, who founded Seeds Family Worship and has helped that brand sell more than 500,000 albums and 46 million streams. Houser has been writing and producing music for more than 20 years and has co-written chart-topping Christian radio singles including, “Broken Things”, “All In”, “The Motions” and “More” by Matthew West and “Hide” by Joy Williams. Jason has recently had songs on America’s Got Talent, The Good Doctor and the movie Selfie Dad.
“We are in a season where friends and family are having babies and lullabies are the soundtrack for that season of life,” shares Jason Houser. “There is some strong music in this genre, but we discovered too much of it is dated or filled with strange bells and chimes. Lullaby House Music is a fresh, modern approach to lullabies that celebrates life, love and family.”
Lullaby House Music is created to allow peace to calm anxious hearts and rest for little souls. The soothing music will help baby sleep at rest time and night time. This music will help create a worshipful atmosphere at home that will help nurture the souls of babies, parents and grandparents alike.
“We love the music our team has created because it is full of comfort, peace and wonder that is filling the spaces of homes around the world,” continues Houser. “We hope it is more than just great music, we believe it is that music that calms the soul especially for parents who have welcomed babies home during this year’s pandemic, they need to be reminded of this hope.”
Lullaby House Music is already in production for their second release slated for October titled, Dream Baby DreamClick here to meet the Lullaby House Music creative team. For more information, blog posts and updates visit https://www.lullabyhousemusic.com

YIPPEE TV Launches New VEGGIETALES Episode:  “A ShakeSparagus Play – A Lesson in Humility”

YIPPEE TV Launches New VEGGIETALES Episode: 
A ShakeSparagus Play – A Lesson in Humility” 
New VeggieTales Episodes and New VeggieTales Library Compilations, Each Including A Remix of a Popular Silly Song,
Available Exclusively at YIPPEE TV
Los Angeles, CA – July 22, 2020 – “A ShakeSparagus Play – A Lesson in Humility“, the newest episode of VEGGIETALES, has released exclusively on Yippee TV.  New episodes of the beloved series launch each month through a partnership between Yippee TV and BIG IDEA, part of the Universal Pictures Content Group – https://www.yippee.tv/veggietales
“A ShakeSparagus Play – A Lesson in Humility“ joins other 2020 titles, including “Cool to be Kind,” “The Power of Love,” “A Lifetime Supply of Joy,” “God Wants Us to Make Peace,” and “The Best Christmas Gift.”  August 1 will launch the next installment, titled “When Being Good Means Giving Up.”
“VeggieTales wants to help children know God’s love for them and how to love our neighbors as ourselves. And learning to look out for the interests of others is an important part of loving our neighbors and a valuable lesson for today’s young children,” explains Leslie Ferrell, SVP of BigIdea Content Group NBCU. “We’re very excited that Yippee is making this show available for kids and families everywhere.”
Complementing these new monthly episodes, Yippee TV also shares new VeggieTales library compilations each includes a remix of a popular silly song and the largest library of VeggieTales episodes available on any platform.
Yippee TV continues to break the mold when creating family-friendly content, committed to their “No ads. No algorithms. No attitudes” guarantee. The platform boasts not only licensed content including these VeggieTales titles, curated YouTube stars, and beloved series, but intriguing Yippee TV originals, including Making Magic at Home with Justin Flom, The Bethkes, Time2Dance, The Yippee Show, Pete and Penelope, and the only car show for kids, Backseat Drivers.
Launched in December 2019, Yippee is a streaming service and destination for families curated with safe, engaging entertainment for children aged 2-10. “Many of our team at Yippee grew up watching VeggieTales, and are honored to get to share these new episodes with both the Yippee audience and our own children as well,” says Brandon Piety, Head of Yippee. “I can’t think of a brand that aligns better with our motto that ‘characters build character’.”
About Yippee Entertainment
Yippee Entertainment is the new guilt-free streaming service for families. While screen time is inevitable in today’s world, other streaming services are dangerous virtual playgrounds. Built by parents, Yippee is unique in that it offers a safer, more curated way for children 2-10 to enjoy shows they love. Between premium animated content and live-action shows, to original series that feature kids as hosts, Yippee is the new app that parents can trust and kids will love! https://www.yippee.tv/. Social channels: @yippeetv
About VeggieTales
VeggieTales® is distinguished as the most successful faith-based children’s franchise of all time and is a leading animated property in the US with moms of preschoolers. VeggieTales® has an incredible franchise history having sold 75+ million videos, 16 million books, 7 million CDs and 80 million music streams. VeggieTales® enjoyed four seasons as a top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings, Telemundo and ION TV via the Qubo® children’s programming block. The property’s two theatrical releases, Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie® (2002), and The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything®-A VeggieTales Movie® (2008) rank as top performing children’s films.  Currently airing VeggieTales in the House is an Emmy nominated original Netflix series. www.VeggieTales.com
About Universal Pictures Content Group
Headquartered in London, Universal Pictures Content Group is a repertoire centre of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, acquiring and producing multi-genre entertainment for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital platforms on a worldwide basis.  Universal Pictures Content Group is part of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment – a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango and DreamWorks Animation Film and Television.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Yancy Encourages Kids to Run the Race with Little Praise Party’s All-New ‘Ready Set Go’

Yancy Encourages Kids to Run the Race with Little Praise Party’s All-New ‘Ready Set Go’

NEWS SOURCE: Nashville PR

Yancy’s Little Praise Party series is back with Little Praise Party: Ready Set Go, offering 8 new songs in the highly popular worship music series that offers everything kids love, and everything parents value. The new project features animated videos for each song, complete with on-screen lyrics making it perfect for sing-along fun in the car, at home or at church.

Little Praise Party is about inviting young hearts to a relationship with Jesus by beginning a foundation of theology through the discipline of worship,” says Yancy. “I wrote these songs and crafted these arrangements with an intentional focus to this phase of life.”

In today’s world, families are constantly looking for safe content for their young children. Every week, Yancy Ministries hears from multiple families thankful for music they can not only trust but also count on for developing and discipling their children with spiritual truth that has already begun to build a foundation of faith.

Yancy continued, “There is so much in today’s world that either builds up our children in the way they should go or tears them away from that direction. As a parent and a Christian, I believe it is critical to invest into their lives with lots of content that leads them in life-long character and spiritual formation.”

The inspiration for Little Praise Party: Ready Set Go came after a life-altering trip to the Ark Encounter. Seeing the actual massive size of the ark Noah built put it in a perspective that Yancy couldn’t understand before. Her big takeaway from the experience was OBEDIENCE. Noah obeyed! He heard God speak and he took action. Even when it didn’t make sense. Even when everyone else questioned him and probably laughed at him, he moved forward in faith and obedience. We live our lives today because of the fruit of Noah obeying.

“I had the idea for the title track several years ago,” says Yancy. “I thought it would just be about the Bible passage: ‘running our race for the prize.’ But after learning this lesson from Noah I realized you can’t finish a race you never begin. So many people sit on the sidelines in life because they never begin the race God has for them. I could have never written this song without learning how important our obedience is in life. Whatever God is asking you to do, DO IT. The ripple effect of our obedience is greater than we could ever understand.”

For families, the videos are available on Home DVD and streaming on multiple subscription services while the audio is streaming at Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming & download services.

For Church, Classroom and Camp use, there is a Digital Church Video Collection USB & DVD bundle available that includes the song videos, audio in three formats, motion tutorials, worship leader training, coloring pages with reproducible permissions and a group viewing license.

Song list: Ready Set Go, As For Me, Made in the Image, Hungry & Thirsty (Feat. Funny Man Dan from Hillsong Kids), Hungry & Thirsty, He’s Alive, He’s Alive (Easter), I Love My Mom (Mother’s Day), and Not About the Weather (Christmas).

The Little Praise Party videos are also made available to families through partners like Pure Flix, TBN’s Smile of a Child & Yippee, Right Now Media and Minno. Thousands of churches such as Life.Church use the music in all of their campuses where they welcomed 19,000 first time children last year. Curriculum resources like Disciplr (David C Cook), First Look (Orange), Go! (Mooblio) and I See It Productions (from the team that brought you Fellowship’s Elevate) use music by Yancy Ministries.

The Little Praise Party series is available everywhere via Elevate Entertainment (physical products) and Syntax Distribution (digital music).

About Yancy: Yancy is a worship leader, producer and songwriter for kids that travels the globe doing family concerts and leading kids in worship. She has a heart for the Church and a burning passion to help this generation become the worshippers God created them to be. Through her music that makes Jesus loud, she produces worship resources including the series: “Kidmin Worship” (preteen/elementary) and “Little Praise Party” (young children). She also created “Heartbeat”, a game-changing curriculum to help you teach kids the heart of worship. She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, Cory and sons, Sparrow and Rhythm.

For more information, visit YancyMinistries.com.

OrderLittle Praise Party: Ready Set Go today!
Audio Streaming & Download: https://sc.lnk.to/YPrsg-ep
Home DVD & Church USB/DVD Bundle: YancyMinistries.com/readysetgo
Church Custom Tracks & Stems: LoopCommunity.com

WOW VBS announces on-demand streaming services beginning July 6

WOW VBS announces on-demand streaming services

beginning July 6

SOURCE: Adams Group

For Immediate Release (Nashville, TN) — With churches and individuals from over 60 countries participating in the WOW VBS Virtual Bible School over the last few days, the organizers have announced an on-demand streaming service beginning on July 6.

The Vacation Bible School alternative features children’s ministry performers from various countries with special appearances and performances by Chonda Pierce, Mary Rice Hopkins, Miss Pattycake, and Gary Chapman. Co-organizer and family entertainer, Scott Humston, says the streaming service will also be offered for free.

“We have been blown away with the response to WOW VBS,” says Humston. “Starting July 6, anyone can stream the event on-demand absolutely free. This has truly become a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy so many top children’s entertainers and presenters in one event.”

Children’s ministry musical artists, illusionists, comedians, puppeteers, and leaders from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the United States are part of the WOW VBS presentation. Co-creator and director of Faith Kidz, Steve Pennington, says this event has helped these various performers, who typically rely on live events for their livelihoods, to do something positive during this time of worldwide shutdowns.

“These children’s ministry performers have lent their time and talent to make these shows fun, engaging, and highly entertaining,” says Pennington. “Though the events are completely free to everyone, we are accepting donations that will help cover the production costs as well as pay these incredible ministry leaders.”

WOW VBS continues this week, and on-demand streaming will begin July 6. Churches and individuals can get free access at http://www.wowvbs.live.

About Scott Humston:

For over two decades, Scott Humston’s magic has been seen by over three million people in the U.S. as well as Canada, England, Scotland, Turkey and Belize. He was featured on the #1 television show, “Now You See It,” on the BBC channel in the United Kingdom. He has performed for major corporations such as Southwest Airlines, LEGO, Warner Brothers Records, as well as three performances at the White House. He is the associate editor of The Linking Ring magazine, a trade publication for the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He also serves as Territorial Vice-President for that organization, as well as being a member of the Magic Circle in London, England. For more information visit http://www.scotthumston.com.

About Steve Pennington:

Steve Pennington has spent four decades as a writer, director, video producer, and performer. He has written shows for theme parks such as Six Flags and Silver Dollar City. His Pro-Kids family show has been performed in over 2000 elementary schools as well as for the Annual White House Easter Egg Roll. He served five years as the program director for children’s ministries at Saddleback Church and is currently the children’s pastor at Trevecca Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information visit www.faithkidz.org.

Seeds Family Worship Provides Online Children’s Services

SEEDS FAMILY WORSHIP PROVIDES ONLINE CHILDREN’S SERVICE AND RECEIVING HUGE RESPONSE

 

NEWS SOURCE: Merge PR
April 3, 2020

TWIN FALLS, ID (April 3, 2020) Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, churches and families have been looking for ways to have meaningful family time at home around God’s Word. In light of this, Seeds Family Worship launched a weekly online children’s service on its Facebook page, and the services have been watched more than 22,000 times in the last two weeks.
Parents and pastors have been thrilled with the content of these online services for kids. As one Mom expressed, “We just watched the first one and… the Scripture was great for what the world is currently walking through. Loved the songs being all Scripture.” Another Mom of ten (yes, TEN!) little ones shared, “These online services have been really fun… [I’m] thankful that my kids are being filled with God’s truth.”
The Lead Executive Pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho, Darin Blood, said, “As a pastor I’m thrilled to have this content out there for families that is so biblically sound and engaging for the whole family. I’ve shared it with our entire staff and encouraged them them to join in and invite their friends and family.”
The children’s worship services are streamed every Sunday night at 6PM CST on the Seeds Facebook page. Each service begins with Seeds Family Worship videos: songs set to word-for-word Scripture with graphics and hand motions. Kids love following along as Kylie, or “Worship Girl,” leads the hand motions. After the opening set of songs, a member of the Seeds Family Worship Team brings a short message from God’s Word and the service with one final song Jason Houser, Founder and President of Seeds Family Worship says he was inspired to start these services because of his own experience as a Children’s Worship Pastor at his church. “For the last five years we’ve watched kids at our church learn God’s word through song and felt it was the perfect time to share these songs and teachings with other families.
Seeds not only provides a once a week opportunity to connect as a family, but has self-paced content designed to help families connect around their dinner table. This year Seeds launched the “Twenty Verses in 2020” campaign, helping families everywhere have easy family devotions. The goal is to help families memorize twenty verses together through short family devotions and engaging Scripture memory songs. All devotions, songs and videos for the Twenty-in-2020 campaign are free for families to have time together around God’s Word. Learn more at here.
Seeds Family Worship is on a mission to see God’s Word planted in as many hearts and homes as possible. Seeds has created 14 albums and over 250 word-for-word Scripture videos for kids and families. Churches that use Seeds songs in Children’s Worship help kids worship God while memorizing His Word. Seeds also makes and curates other resources for the church and family to help kids grow closer to God.

 

Prodigal Son’s Story of Addiction and Redemption Detailed in Inspiring New Memoir from Father and Son Duo

Prodigal Son’s Story of Addiction and Redemption Detailed in Inspiring New Memoir from Father and Son Duo

The powerful new book, Hope Lies Ahead: Encouragement for Parents of Prodigals from a Family That’s Been There (Our Daily Bread Publishing), will be available wherever books are sold on April 7, 2020.

Our Daily Bread Publishing has announced a release date for the upcoming book, Hope Lies Ahead: Encouragement for Parents of Prodigals from a Family That’s Been There. The inspiring memoir from father and son duo James Banks and Geoffrey Banks, will be available April 7, 2020 in paperback and digital formats wherever books are sold.Hope Lies Ahead is one family’s story of God’s goodness and redemption in unexpected places. James Banks shares his perspective as a dad watching his child self-destruct through substance abuse, and Geoff Banks writes as the prodigal who finds his way home. This back-and-forth approach candidly shares their experiences and addresses the spiritual and practical challenges families face.

“I felt my son slipping away, and had to do something,” writes James. “Where was the little boy I had been so close to, that boy who was so sweet and open? When a day would go without drama, Cari and I frequently found ourselves saying, ‘Today was a good day.’ It became our own special phrase, something we’d repeat reassuringly to each other. It was packed with meaning, code for ‘Today was a day with no discoveries of drugs, no unpleasant surprises, no arrests, no emergency phone calls….’”

Geoff’s situation seemed hopeless. He had made a mess of his life. His parents struggled to understand the choices the son they loved so much made. And they prayed. Through the hurting, the questions, the frustrations. And through it all, God walked with them.

The father and son duo will point you to God for comfort, healing, and restoration during your own difficult prodigal journey. In whatever way your loved one is turning from the values and faith you hold, you will relate to the raw emotions of fear, despair, and relief. You will nod, cry, call out to God, and—most importantly—you’ll find hope for tomorrow.

Hope Lies Ahead is a follow-up to James Banks’s popular book, Prayers for Prodigals, which he wrote in the midst of his son’s drug addiction.

For more information, visit HopeLiesAhead.org.

About Our Daily Bread Publishing: Our Daily Bread Publishing is a division of Our Daily Bread Ministries — a non-denominational, non-profit organization with staff and volunteers in over 37 offices working together to distribute more than 60 million resources in 150 countries. Whether it’s a radio broadcast, podcast, book, mobile app, or website, we provide many ways to help people grow in their relationship with God. For more information, visit www.odb.org.

Author challenges parents to raise children that resist the current cultural trends

NEWS SOURCE: Adams Group

Nashville, TN − In a recent Barna Research study, half of all parents  say they talk to their children daily about self-control, happiness, and patience. But less than 40% talk to their kids about serving others, conflict resolution, or being reliable. In her new book, “How to Build Children with Integrity”, author and bible study teacher Karen Budzinski offers parents strategies to tackle the subjects that shape the core of their children’s character. Budzinski says that on average, if a person interacts with only three people per day, they will impact over 80,000 people during their lifetime, and that, she says, is why integrity is so imperative.

“As the mother of five, I have learned that raising children to adulthood requires integrity: the wholeness that comes from knowing who you are, what you stand for and what you live for,” says Budzinski. “Integrity is consistent; it can be counted on. Building children requires that you build them with ethics and character that will stand against the flood of social opposition to strong values. ‘How to Build Children with Integrity’ is a toolbox of resources and ideas for parents and those who are involved with children. This book is meant to be used as a springboard to get people to think of how they can take normal everyday life and build something lasting in children along the way. I include many ideas on how to train character, starting with ages where parents are not even accustomed to thinking ahead to outcomes yet.

“How to Build Children with Integrity” deals with topics such as contentment, selfishness, being responsible, accepting failures and imperfections, finding joy in an imperfect world, and teaching kids to be a givers instead of a takers— a subject that cuts to the root of what Budzinski says has become a narcissistic society.

“Research over the past few years seems to show that as people become less materialistic their well-being —including good relationships and sense of purpose—rises. When talking about greed and parasitic people that are consumed with what they can get from others, people that will never get enough, the Bible refers to leeches with …twin daughters named ‘Gimme’ and ‘Gimme more’ (Proverbs 30.15 MSG). Leeches are known for sucking blood insatiably: they can ingest up to five times their body weight in blood taken from their host! A gruesome word picture, but the comparison is stark. Sadly, by pummeling our children with things, we can produce leeches with the mentality of ‘Gimme’ and ‘Gimme more;’ and they will never have enough things to satisfy them. Just as parents don’t realize the damage done until it is too late, the host of a leech often doesn’t feel the pain until it is too late.”

Budzinski says parents need to re-affirm their position as heads of their households, as disciplinarians and, ultimately, as builders of the next generation.

“In the midst of an anti-Christian culture, it is easy to get swept up into a flurry of activities that have no eternal value,” Budzinski says. “Activities substitute and take away time that should be used for training in many homes. Many fathers are out of the house, not only because of divorce but maybe even because of the need to work long hours. Social media often substitutes for face-to-face relationships. My experience is that many families are looking for help in how to counteract the cultural opposition to training children who are able to excel not just academically, but morally. The most important social institution according to Christian teaching is the family, and that institution is being pushed more and more into the background by undue encroachments of the community and of the state. The lives of children are no longer molded solely by the loving atmosphere of the Christian home; in fact, often children or parents spend most of their time away from their homes. Since it is so limited, we must use our time and how we train our children wisely.”

About Karen Budzinski:

For nearly four decades, Karen Budzinski has directed Women’s Ministries for several churches, served as a Sunday School teacher for adult, youth and children’s classes, taught Discipleship and New Believer’s Classes, led marriage groups for couples, and counseled troubled marriages. She attended Central Bible College to study Biblical Counseling, and has held seminars and taught homiletics to individual groups, district denominational gatherings, as well as leaders in Peru and Haiti. She speaks to various MOPS groups each year, and teaches an on-going class on Building Better Relationships in her home and at church. She has five children and 14 (soon to be 15) grandchildren. She and her husband, Gary, have been married for 37 years and reside in Michigan. For more information, visit www.KarenBudzinski.com.