Category Archives: Parenting

Memories of Our School Lunches by Betty Mason Arthurs

School has started and I can hear the children’s voices as they walk past our house to elementary school. The good news today in America is that in neighborhoods all across our country, schools are open and ready to educate … Continue reading

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Helping Children Learn to Write…by ARHuelsenbeck

  Reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic used to be called the 3 Rs—the three basic skills necessary for success in life. Your children’s teachers will thank you if you encourage your kids to write. Here are eleven ideas to help you: … Continue reading

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Children and Politics

(This post first appeared on the Christian Children’s Authors blog in Nov. 2016. I thought it might be a good reminder for this Inauguration Day.) First, let me be clear, I hate political rants. This post is not one of … Continue reading

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Diamond Ring and Christmas by Betty Mason Arthurs

Diamond Ring and Christmas by Betty Mason Arthurs Christmas time brings both happy and painful memories. Today, I share one of a father’s love and his gift. A father kept a memorable gift tucked away in the top drawer of … Continue reading

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Why and How to Read to your Baby…by ARHuelsenbeck

All five of my children knew how to read by the time they entered kindergarten. Are they incredibly brilliant? Yes. But more than anything else, I attribute their early grasp of a complicated but vital skill to the fact that … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? by ARHuelsenbeck

Most parents agonize over what to name their precious babies. They recognize names are an important part of our identities. Your name influences others’ perceptions of you. As a child, I hated my name. It was too different. Most girls … Continue reading

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Today I am Sad…But Not Without Hope

I am very sad. I know it will not always be so, but today, I am very sad. My mother died one month ago. I miss her. She lived with us the last 20 years of her life. I was … Continue reading

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