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Helping Children (and Others) With Viral Anxiety

Practical advice to navigate a season of uncertainty and bad news

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The Vanishing Black Smudge

Many years ago a boy named Davy lived on a farm. It was a big farm, and there was lots to do to care for the animals and grow food for his family. Davy had a big sister Angie, a big brother Joe, and a sister Mary who was just a bit older than he…

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Ministering to Children in Times of Coronavirus

This week, as I read news articles and had conversations about the challenges families are facing during the COVID-19 crisis, a concern that many shared is how to survive social distancing/self-isolation with young children.

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Church with a Toddler

I’m doing my best to make morning pleasant- I want Sabbath to be happy rather than filled with frustration and hurrying.

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Family Violence

Family violence involves an assault of any kind-verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, or active or passive neglect-that is committed by one person or persons against another within a family, whether they are married, related, living together or apart, or divorced. Current international research indicates that family violence is a global problem. It occurs between individuals of…

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Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse occurs when a person older or stronger than the child uses his or her power, authority, or position of trust to involve a child in sexual behavior or activity. Incest, a specific form of child sexual abuse, is defined as any sexual activity between a child and a parent, a sibling, an…

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Statement on the Nurture and Protection of Children

Seventh-day Adventists place a high value on children. In the light of the Bible they are seen as precious gifts from God entrusted to the care of parents, family, community of faith and society-at-large. Children possess enormous potential for making positive contributions to the Church and to society. Attention to their care, protection and development is…

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The Vanishing Black Smudge

Adapted by Karen Holford Many years ago a boy named Davy lived on a farm. It was a big farm, and there was lots to do to care for the animals and grow food for his family. Davy had a big sister Angie, a big brother Joe, and a sister Mary who was just a…

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The Tummy-ache

“Mommy!,” shouted Maria. “Mommy!” It was late at night as Maria called from her bed. “My tummy hurts.” Mother came into her bedroom and turned on the light. “Where do you hurt?” asked Mommy. She felt her head. “Oh dear, you have a fever, too.” Mother felt Maria’s tummy. When she pushed on it, she…

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School Daze

Anna looked in the mirror to brush her bangs. She sighed. Today was her first day of school. She would go with her big sister Marti. Mother had bought them new crayons and paper and pencils and paste and a school bag to carry them in. She had a new lunchbox too, a pretty red…

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