What to Expect When Your Expecting {The Movie}

Parenting is hard work! And sometimes we take ourselves too seriously. But when you look back there is so much humor to be found in this parenting thing we do!

If you live in the Kansas City Metro area I want to offer you the opportunity to take time out and laugh a bit! You are invited to attend a free pre-screening of the new movie “What to Expect When You’re Expecting!” This star studded film is said to be hilarious, smart, and heart felt. It’s time for you to get a babysitter and head out for a night to celebrate being a parent!

WHEN:  Monday, May 14th at 7:30 pm (theater is overbooked to ensure a full house, seats are first come first served)
WHERE: AMC Mainstreet, Kansas City MO
HOW: Go to www.gofobo.com/rsvp and enter the code: WOMNLS1

Each pass allows 2 people in. You just have to sign up for Gofobo.com and download the passes and print them off. Gofobo doesn’t spam you or cost anything, but they will alert you when there are other free movies available in your area.

Hope you enjoy your night out!

{Monica}

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All About You…

If you’ve been reading my blog, especially my Mindfulness Monday posts, you already know a bit about me! If you want to know more you can read the About Me page. But today I want to know about YOU!

I want to know…who are you? How would you describe yourself?

I want to know…why are you here? What interests you on this blog?

I want to know…who are the children in your life? What ages and stages are the children in your life?

Leave me a comment and tell me all about you! I really want to know more about you!

{Monica}

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Christmas Break

As we enter into this holiday season I wanted to let you know that I will be taking a two week Christmas break from blogging. I will still post a children’s ministry idea each Wednesday but will not share any other posts. I want to spend this time enjoying every minute I have celebrating Christmas with family and friends. It is my hope that you are able to do the same.

Merry Christmas! And I’ll be back sharing lots of ideas for living spiritual lives together after the first of the year!

~Monica

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Children’s Sabbath 2011


Forgive the poor quality of this image. It's a photograph of a newspaper article. Sadly, it's one of the few photos I have of myself in my classroom.

This weekend we observe Children’s Sabbath. The Children’s Defense Fund says, “this year Children’s Sabbath will focus on the closing the achievement gap in education that currently has children in poverty and children of color falling further and further behind, and ensuring that education becomes the engine of equality, not inequality. The level of educational achievement is the best predictor of future income; ensuring that every child gets a high quality education is the best poverty-prevention program we have.” Having spent 12 years teaching in a school with a very high poverty level this topic is close to my heart.

Here are a few stats for you from the State of America’s Children report done by the Children’s Defense Fund in 2010.

  • The annual cost of child care for a 4-year-old is more than the annual in-state tuition at a public four-year college in 36 states and the District of Columbia.
  • In 20 states, a family must have an income that is below 175 percent of the poverty level to receive a public child care subsidy.
  • Only 8 states and the District of Columbia require 5-year-olds to be enrolled in school.
  • The U.S. spends almost three times as much per prisoner as per public school pupil.
  • 46% of Black high school students, 39% of Hispanic and 11% of White students attend the 2,000 “drop-out factories” across our country, where less than 60% of the freshman class will graduate in four years with a regular diploma.

Staggering numbers, aren’t they? How many of you, when you think of Children’s Sabbath and helping the needy children of the world picture, in our minds eye, the starving children of Africa? Often, I think, we believe the problems are “out there” in some far away unreachable place. But the reality is, they are right here in our own backyard.

So what can we do? First I think we need to educate ourselves. One great way to start is to watch the movie “Waiting for Superman” Take a peek at the trailer…Waiting for Superman Trailer. Then we need to find ways to support the schools and teachers in our own cities. There are great resources on WaitingforSuperman.com

What can you do today to change not only the life of your own child, but also the life of a child in need?

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Stay Updated!

If you are like me, when you find a website you love you want a way to keep updated about what is going on there. So in case you love this website as much as I do (granted I’m a bit biased…it is my baby after all!) I wanted to let you know the many ways you can stay connected with Childhood Spirituality!

 

In the top right corner of the website you can see this icon. The easiest way is to stay connected is to follow by email. When you click the email icon you will be taken to a feedburner page that asks for your email address. Your email is not available to me, but feedburner will send you an email every time I add a post.

If you already use a blog reader, such as Google Reader, you can choose to follow Childhood Spirituality’s RSS feed (the orange icon).

You can also follow me on twitter by clicking the twitter icon (light blue with a t). My handle is @ChildSpiritual. I post links to each time I add a post, as well as re-tweeting interesting information I found around the web.

And finally you can follow me on facebook by “liking” my facebook fan page. You can get there by clicking the facebook icon or by going to facebook.com/ChildhoodSpirituality. By liking the fan page each post will pop up in your newsfeed.

If you have any questions you can always email me at Monica@childhoodspirituality.com

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How Did I Get Here?

Here’s my story, several years ago when my oldest was about 2 and my youngest was a newborn (aren’t they cute?!?) I started feeling like it was time to begin deliberately encouraging their spiritual growth. But I felt totally inadequate to that task. As a teacher I knew what to do for language development, early math and reading skills, I even knew how to discipline…I had training in all of those areas. But when it came to helping my children develop a relationship with God I was at a loss. Who here can relate?

So I turned to someone I know that does have training in all this spiritual “stuff,” my mom. She has her seminary degree with a focus on Spiritual Formation. I asked her to work with me on developing a resource for childhood spirituality. I felt like we could take her extensive knowledge on spiritual practices and my knowledge about how children learn and develop, and combine them to create something really powerful. What we came up with is a 4 session course on utilizing spiritual practices in family devotional settings. Through the years we have presented portions of this work both together and I have presented it alone. And that work led to me writing some child spirituality resources as well as a children’s book for my church.

Over the years I have used spiritual practices in my home with my children (who are now 6 and 4) and I have begun to find more and more ways to incorporate God and spirituality into our lives. And yet, I hear so many parents saying they simply don’t know what to do. And so this website was born. My hope is that I can use what I’ve learned to offer ideas that will make it more simple for you to talk about God with your children!

And now, I’d love to hear from you!  What are you already doing with the children in your life? What do you wish you knew more of or had access to? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear all about it!

~ Monica

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