About Phil Jerkins

I live just south-east of Nashville, TN. I'm happily married to Carrie, and the proud father of the Three Girl Circus (see my links). I'm an elder at Rock Springs Church, and I've been a follower of Jesus for around 30 years.

Jim Daly: Is Facebook Good For Your Child?

Jim Daly responds to some recent research which claims that kids who spend a lot of time on Facebook develop better friendships both online and IRL.  I think he makes some good points.  Let me know what you think!

http://www.focusonlinecommunities.com/blogs/Finding_Home/2011/08/17/is-facebook-good-for-your-child

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MckMama: One Day At A Time

MckMama has a wonderful post on dreaming.  Not planning, though she and her husband were thinking about their family’s future.  Not prioritizing, because their priorities were where they started.  And not fighting, because they had achieved the oneness of mind that they clearly had fought for.

Dreaming.

She doesn’t say if they reached any conclusions.  But their process, their priorities, their unity, and their questions were absolutely perfect.  And, for me, very timely.

One Day At A Time

Just Add Family – An Excellent Teaching Tool

My mom happens to be the director of the children’s ministry at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN.  She gave us a copy of the Just Add Family by Kurt and Olivia Bruner.  And I couldn’t be happier with it.

I’ve always been hesitant/apprehensive/fearful about doing devotions with our kids.  While I have no trouble identifying with and teaching adults, I must acknowledge that I’m not the most fun adult for kids – of almost any age.

Just Add Family is a set of recipe cards for family devotions – and they’re just what the doctor ordered.  With a tag line of “Easy Recipes for Faith-Filled Fun”, Just Add Family makes it easy for me to pick an activity, prepare for it, and – importantly – pull it off, with the kids having enough fun that they’re always wanting to “do another card”.

There are 48 cards in the set.  Each card lists the following at the top:

  • Best Use
  • Ingredients Needed
  • “Nutritional Value” (the goal accomplished)

And finally, of course, there are the recipe instructions themselves.  Easy to follow, and always fun for kids and parents alike.  And all the recipes culminate with reading a Bible verse that the activity has been building toward, and a “lesson to learn”.  The cards are organized into Special Occasion, Bedtime, Mealtime, and Secret Sauce sections, color-coded for quick access.  And there’s a section of blank cards for you to write ideas you come up with.

It took me a while to actually try one of the cards – I’ve seen “recipes” before, and they’ve generally disappointed.  But the proof is in the pudding – we’re actually doing devotions now, and the kids are loving them.

I found Just Add Family online at Christian Book.com.  No, I’m not getting paid/linked/compensated for this.

No Kids Allowed – A Movement?

My sweet wife recommended the following article from 4tunate.net:

http://4tunate.net/2011/07/no-kids-allowed-movement-what-are-we-communicating-to-our-children/

I’ve heard of uppity restaurants banning kids.  In fact, the bed and breakfast where Carrie and I always go for our weekend getaways doesn’t allow children.  But a movement?  That has my attention.

I thought I’d pass this along.  I’m not recommending boycotts or writing senators or anything, but rather conversations: If you have a Big Family, and if you like having a Big Family, make sure those around you are jealous 🙂

Jim Daly: Are Your Kids Overscheduled?

In this post, Jim Daly echoes a meme I’ve seen repeated from time to time in various settings:  Kids’ imaginations need exercise.

http://www.focusonlinecommunities.com/blogs/Finding_Home/2011/07/13/are-your-kids-overscheduled

This post isn’t about big families per-se.  But it may provide some encouragement for Big Families that not only is failing to “keep up with the Joneses” okay, but it may actually be a good thing.  I don’t know if there’s been any supporting research.  But the thought definitely feels like wisdom to me.

Let me know what you think!