Here’s an easy way to get a Christmas present for someone! Be sure to sign up to find out about the Educents deals–all kinds of great sales on educational products! You’ll get a $10 Credit!
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I now have a teenager, and next year I will have 2! It won’t be long, in fact, until I’ll have 5 teenagers all at once!
So, when I was offered the opportunity to review Candy Gibb’s book Rescue: Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture, I felt like I could use a refresher course on what to expect from the teen years, as well as what the new issues are that I’ll be facing.
Rescue is a very helpful book for learning about parenting teenagers. The author Candy gives much wisdom herself. She is the mother of three children, but she is also the founder of a major Crisis Pregnancy Center in Amarillo, TX called CareNet Pregnancy Center. She has an amazing story of redemption that led her to start the center in 1987, the video of which can be found here. She deals with tough teen issues daily, so it was so good for me to read her advice on how to approach these tough topics.
But the book doesn’t just have words of advice from Candy. She has assembled a group of recently graduated teens –mostly college students– into a group she calls the Lifeguards. In each chapter she has each of them share from their own experiences. Wow- what an eye-opener. I’ve already been feeling lately that things truly are different for my kids that they were for me, and that there is a generation gap between us that I wish weren’t there. I know reading Rescue is going to help me with that.
Here are the chapters you’ll find in Rescue:
1- Your Family
3- Teens, Sex, and Society
5- My Teen is Struggling with Homosexuality
6- Pro-Life & Pro-Choice
9- Preparing Teens for College & Beyond
10- Building an Ark
The format of the book includes “Commentaries from Candy,” “Let’s Ask the Lifeguards,” “Treading Tips” (practical nuggets of wisdom that sumarize the lessons), and “Life Preservers” (relevant and encouraging Scripture).
You will find that Rescue is written from a biblical perspective. She encourages us to have our teens in church. But it is so much more practical and real that that.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
“Teaching your teen to find value and identity in the Lord is more critical than teaching them to eat healthy and helping them get into the university of their choice. Remind your teenager of the Lord’s calling on their life.”
“A lack of identity is prevalent due in part to the influence of social media. . . Often times, when someone posts a selfie, it’s to get a response. . . ‘Do you think I’m beaufiful?’ or ‘How would you rate me?’ ”
“Prepare your teens for the ridicule they will likely face from their peers if they choose to remain sexually pure. Help them develop ways to deal with it.”
Rescue: Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture is completely filled with practical advice such as this. I’m so happy to have a copy of the book to give away!
Enter by leaving a comment about why you’d like to win or what you hope to learn by reading the book. The winner will be chosen Monday December 1, 2014 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email. Winner must live in the Continental U.S.
(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Rescue in order to write this honest review. I also received one to give away. This post contains affiliate links.)
Men and older boys can be difficult to buy gifts for, huh? I’ve been brainstorming some ideas for Christmas presents for these guys (and asking some friends for their ideas). Here are a few gifts that you might be able to get for those wonderful men and older boys in your life!
Gifts for Men:
2. Season Tickets (or just one ticket!) to a sport or musical activity they enjoy
3. An Experience they can enjoy with a child, like registration to a Father-Son Camp or Father-Daughter Dance.
4. Clothing Items they don’t like to buy–like socks or thermal underwear!
6. Golf Gift Certificates
10. Grilling Accessories, like these great Grilling Gloves
And now for the awesome giveaway!
I’m so excited that we will have 2 winners for this giveaway. The first place winner gets $500 Paypal Cash, and the second place winner gets a $100 Amazon gift card!
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Today we have a Review and Giveaway of the DVD “Buck Denver asks Why Do We Call it Christmas?”
If you have kids ages 4-10, they’ll love it! Mine did.
“Buck Denver asks Why Do We Call it Christmas?” is from the VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer. He even appears in the video talking to the kids and narrating some about the story. But most of the movie is done with puppets and animation.
There are many episodes of Buck Denver; most explain about something in the Bible. This one explains where Christmas and some of its traditions came from.
Here is what your kids will learn from the funny puppets, clever storyline, and catchy songs:
*That the word Christmas is from the Christ’s Mass celebration in the church.
*That we celebrate Christmas on December 25 because it used to be a pagan holiday that was switched to be Christian by the Roman Emperor Julius 1.
*That Emperor Dionysius made a mistake calculating Christ’s birth for the new calendar, and He was actually born in 4 or 5 B.C.
*That the tradition of the Christmas tree came from the missionary Boniface who used the tree as a symbol to teach a pagan group of people about Christ who used to think of the trees as sacred.
*That Santa Claus comes from the story of St. Nicholas who gave money and gifts to the poor. He was a bishop and wore a red coat and hat. He is celebrated on St. Nicholas Day on December 6. His German and Dutch name sounds more like Santa Claus, so that’s why we call him that.
*That our modern-day Christmas is a mixture of the December 6 and 25 celebrations, which is why we have baby Jesus and Santa Claus on the same day.
*That the holiday of Hanukkah began 300 years before Jesus and He even celebrated it.
The DVD ends with an explanation of the Christmas story–Mary and Jesus going to Bethlehem and what happened at His birth.
The best part of the whole movie was that the Gospel is very clearly explained! Those watching will learn exactly who Jesus is and what He did for us by coming to the earth, dying on the cross for our sins, and rising to new life!
The “Buck Denver asks Why Do We Call it Christmas?” DVD is about 60 minutes long. See the trailer here:
There are some fun free activities at the Buck Denver website.
Please enter below on the Rafflecopter app if you would like to win a copy! The winner will be chosen on November 21 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.
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Out of the Box Games produces a game called Snake Oil – Party Potion (for ages 8 and up) that we are reviewing today. My kids and I really enjoyed playing it!
You need 3-6 players. The kids can be as young as 6 if they can read. My kids ages 6, 8, 9, 11, and 13 played the game, and I did, too. There are 2 types of cards–Customer Cards which have the name of a type of person (such as a parent, toddler, lifeguard, waitress, doctor, or clown) and Word Cards that have a single word on them (such as flame, curtain, massage, diary, bus, trampoline, and passion.) One person is the customer and the other players choose from their 6 cards two that will work together as a product for the customer to buy. Then the customer picks the best one. The winner is the one with the most customer cards at the end of a certain number of rounds. The game can take as little as 15 minutes to play, and can be quite lengthy if you decide to keep on going! All my kids caught on really fast and enjoyed playing it. The box contains a plastic holder and the cards.
My 8-year-old son was really good at Snake Oil Party Potion. He’s very clever!
Here was a product I tried to sell the Camper. It’s a Trampoline Trail, so “When you’re out camping and hiking and you get really tired, you can just switch to the Trampoline Trail and bounce your way down the trail!” I won that round!
Here my daughters are working as a team to help each other read and understand the cards.
In this scenario the customer was a Fire Fighter. The three salepeople tried to sell him a “Pants Coat,” a “Mist Chair,” and a “Spray Sponge.” The Mist Chair won that round!
The makers of Snake Oil Party Potion say that there will be smiles and laughs all around, and we found that was true!
How this game can be used in an Educational Setting:
Snake Oil Party Potion reminds me of an educational game we play with our Public Speaking class. Kids are given an object and have to come up with clever ways to “sell” it to a specific type of customer. We use this game to help kids to think fast on their feet. It’s a type of improvisation or limited preparation activity. So, I’m definitely going to bring this game to use when we meet with our class!
How this game can be used at a Party:
Instructions for this are actually included in the Snake Oil Party Potion box. The customer card is chosen for the crowd. Three people are chosen to come up with an object to sell. The crowd then votes on the best “object.”
What I didn’t like:
There were 2 cards included that I decided to remove, just because they’re in bad taste (snot and butt). Also, the card for “satellite” was misspelled “satelite.”
Snake Oil Party Potion sells for $14.99.
There is another version called Snake Oil for ages 10 and up.
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