30 Day Gratitude Project: Day 5!

Day 5

Maybe this is shallow, but I am grateful for coffee y’all! I love it! I pre-set my alarm just so it will be ready for me to pour when I get up. There’s something indulgent about waking up to a hot cup of coffee and curling up to read the bible, or drinking it while I walk, or sit on the porch. Yes…I am grateful for coffee!

Parents Guide to Scary Movies- Tips From Focus on The Family Experts

With THE CONJURING 2 in theaters this Friday, it’s only natural to think about scary movies. For some of us, the thoughts are about avoiding them at all costs, but for others there’s excitement at thinking about getting a good scare from our theater seats.

But what about our kids? Especially at younger ages, they can be truly disturbed if they happen to see something onscreen that frightens them. It may not even be a well-made supernatural horror film like THE CONJURING 2 – certainly not for pre-teens – but could be something they see in one of their favorite cartoons that raises fears.

What can you do as a parent when this happens to your son or daughter? Here are a few tips from the experts at Focus on the Family:

  • The first thing you need to do is sit down with your child and give them the chance to discuss the film openly. Ask them what they saw, what they thought about it, and how it made them feel. Whatever you do, don’t make light of their fears or dismiss their feelings as silly or immature.
  • Once their emotions have been aired, assure your son or daughter that this was only a story, just like the imaginary tales they may have seen in picture story books. Bad things weren’t happening to real people – they were actors playing a pretend game, like they and their friends do.
  • Reassure your child that you, as their parent, are dedicated to protecting them. Let them know that it is one of your most important jobs – ensuring they feel safe and are safe. Reinforce that message with plenty of hugs.
  • If you are a Christian family, you can explain that God has promised to be with them at all times, even in the midst of danger. Open up the Bible and show them the passages where God promises never to leave us or forsake us (Genesis 28:15; Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5). Pray with them about the scary movie and their fears, and encourage them to pray on their own when they become frightened at night. If it seems appropriate, you can also practice some coping techniques with them, like deep breathing relaxation exercises or visualizing a happy place.
  • One last thought: it is definitely not a good idea for you to sleep in your child’s room or to let them sleep in your bed. That will only reinforce the behavior you’re trying to eliminate, encouraging them to act helpless and dependent. So whatever happens, make it clear that you will not be sleeping with them. Instead, find some other way to make them feel secure, like turning on a nightlight for a while or letting them take a special stuffed animal to bed.

Come to think of it, if you go see THE CONJURING 2 and you’re still a little scared even after the credits roll, feel free to take your favorite stuffed animal to bed with you, too.



Still Holding On To Perfectionism? Listen to Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory On Focus on the Family

Wow, talk about timing! After my post on the stress of trying to be a Perfect Mom, I found a 2 Part Series on Ending the Pursuit of the Perfect Life on Focus on the Family and thought it was Perfect for us to listen to! They really touch upon the struggle many of us face in trying to attain perfectionism and stresses how we are enough. You may want to pick up Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory’s book, “The Cure for the Perfect Life.” The series is full of practical advice so I can only imagine the book will be even more helpful! I definitely plan on reading it!

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