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Practical Resources for going screen-free | Disciple Mama

Going screen-free?

Whether you’re participating in National Screen-free Week or you’ve decided to embrace screen-free parenting as a lifestyle (or anything in-between), I’ve gathered some resources to help you out!

Resources for Going Screen-Free

People got along without screens for an awfully long time, and not too many ever died of boredom. But, if you’re short on ideas, here are some great ones!

Screen-Free Week: A beginner's guide | Disciple Mama

National Screen-Free Week is Coming!

National Screen Free Week will be May 4-10 in 2020, and no matter how much screen time your kids usually get, I hope you’ll join me in making some changes to your family’s screen usage for a few days (at least)!

My husband and I are doing our best to practice screen-free parenting with our kids, so you may be wondering how I’ll do anything different than business as usual with my kids during Screen-Free Week.

The fact of the matter is that the changes I make for Screen-Free Week this year will affect me more than they’ll affect my kids. My pledge for Screen-Free Week 2019 was

Open study Bible on a black background with text: Personal Bible Study for Preschoolers | Disciple Mama

Personal Bible study is pretty major for committed Christians. It’s something all Christians should be doing.

Unfortunately, though we all know we should be reading our Bibles daily, according to Lifeway Research, about half of churchgoing Christians don’t do it. That’s pretty discouraging, isn’t it?

various children's items from church bag on the floor with text overlay: What's in my Bag? Church Edition | Disciple Mama

Today we’re going to be getting into the specifics of how I keep my kids occupied during church services each week.

Why should I bring my kids into the church service just to entertain them with toys?

Let me start off by saying (as I did in my previous post, Making Sense of Church with Kids) that snacks and entertainment are not the end goal, here.

Little white church in the winter with text overlay: Making sense of church wit kids: How to make it work | Disciple Mama

If you’ve ever taken a baby or a toddler to church, you know how long a church service can feel. If you’ve taken a baby AND a toddler to church, you may not have gotten to the end, and if you did it all without another adult to help you–go make yourself a tray of brownies, because you deserve it.

In our home, the (very few) hours between waking and getting to church each Sabbath morning are very busy ones. We get up, get breakfast on the table

an antique camera on an old family photo album with text overlay: Family Stories: Building Family Identity, Part 4 | Disciple Mama

Welcome to Family Stories, the 4th post in my Building Family Identity series! If you haven’t read them already, feel free check out the first 3 posts in the series:

  • Part 1: Building Family Identity– Establishing a family identity in Christ as a foundation for your kids’ personal identities.
  • Part 2: Family Core Values– Steps for writing your family core values list, and how to use it to build a distinctly Christian family identity
  • Part 3: Family Traditions– Why family traditions are important for building family identity, how to be intentional about your traditions to bring your family closer to each other and to Jesus

Family stories are very important for building family identity (and, therefore, personal identity), which is why they are the focus of my final post in this series. Today we’re going to talk about different ways you can share your family stories, even if you’re not a great storyteller!

Grandson sitting on grandfather's lap with text overlay: Family Traditions, Building Family Identity, Part 3 | Disciple Mama

The holidays are here, and this time of year most of us have more than a few family traditions that we attempt to keep up. I love traditions (especially holiday traditions) and my husband and I have kept a fair share from our families of origin, plus we’ve thrown quite a few into the mix for our own little nuclear family.

But, there are probably some of you out there who aren’t into tradition, and I get it.

First of all, it can be exhausting…

Family Core Values; Building Family Identity, Part 2 | Disciple Mama

This is the second post in the Building Family Identity series here at Disciple Mama! If you missed the first one, check it out here: Building Family Identity, Part 1

What are family core values?

If you’re serious about discipleship parenting, you’ve probably put a lot of thought into defining your family values.

Discipleship parenting means being intentional about passing our values on to our children.

If you haven’t done it yet, or if you haven’t really articulated your family values with your spouse–do it! After all, this intentionality is the whole idea behind Deuteronomy 6:6-7, right?

Father, mother, a young boy, and a baby in front of a red bush with text overlay: Building Family Identity, Part 1

This is the first of 4 parts in my new Building Family Identity series. We’re entering the holiday season, and I want to spend some time this month diving into how we can be really constructive and intentional about our families and what we focus and place value on.

I grew up in a family that loved (and still loves) to play table games. Card games, board games, trivia games, you name it. So, when my husband and I had our first son, we knew we wanted to teach him to play games, too. But, we weren’t really sure how soon he’d be able to grasp the rules, take turns, and keep focused on the gameplay. One day, we just decided to give it a try, and, to our surprise, our (very young) two year old did really well. Of course we didn’t start out with anything too complicated, but there are plenty of easy games for kids out there that are fun for adults, too.

Toddler holding UNO cards with text overlay: Easy Games for Kids and Why You Should Play | Disciple Mama

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