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Dear parents,

We’re thrilled to partner with you by offering an online parenting class each month. We’ve taken the time to figure out REAL issues families are dealing with at the Preschool, Elementary, and Jr./Sr. High age levels and packaged some great resources in regard to those. Our hope is that these would help you on your parenting journey .

We have created an archive for previous classes, too, so you may refer back to them or check them out if you missed them.  Here are the links to the previous classes by age range:


Here are the 3 ONLINE CLASSES FOR April 2017! I hope you will find them beneficial.

I want to remind you that I love and care about each of you. Please let me know how I help you, and how I can pray for you and our family. 

Your partner,

Sharon Guard, Director of Family Ministry   

Email:            Phone: 513-231-4172


I'm Afraid of the Dark

 PART 1:

Everyone is afraid of something or a few somethings. For preschoolers, the list usually includes big dogs, getting in trouble, being away from you, and the dark. The dark—that’s a really scary place!

This video enables you to help your preschooler overcome what we know to be an unjustified fear. You’ll discover how to do so without making your preschooler feel worthless or dumb. You’ll discover that by acknowledging their fear as real you can replace it with something just as real…only better.

When working with your preschooler to overcome their fear of the dark, don’t be afraid to let them know what you are afraid of now as well as what you were afraid of at their age, and tell them how you came to terms with these things. I also want you to remember that I’m here to help in any way I can.


 PART 2:

It’s something nearly every parent is faced with at one time or another. Chances are you were even afraid of the dark when you were a preschooler. And since I’m fairly certain you’ve gotten over that fear, it’s safe to say your child will do the same. As a parent, you can make it a bit easier for them if you:

1. Don’t make fun of them or belittle them for being afraid. Their fears are real and big, and it’s your job to make them smaller and smaller until they’re gone.

2. This is a case for show-n-tell. It’s not enough to tell a preschooler they don’t have to be afraid of the dark. You have to show them there’s nothing to be afraid of. Look in the closet, under the bed, or outside the window with them, proving all is well.

3. Plug in a night light or put glow-in-the-dark shapes on their wall or ceiling to help lull them to sleep and calm their fears. NOTE: The glow-in-the-dark shapes are especially helpful since it has to be dark for them to work. This helps little ones see the dark as a fun place to be.

4. Eat family dinners by candlelight once in a while. This makes the dark a peaceful, happy place to be. 

5. Lay on a blanket outside and look up at the stars with your preschooler. Talk to them about the stars and how God made the earth so perfect and wonderful.

6. Pray with your preschooler each night at bedtime with the lights out. Make sure you thank God for the dark that helps us rest, and pray for your little one’s heart to be at peace.

The Bible says, “ In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” ~Psalm 4:8

Helping Kids Process Evil


Do you remember the first time you realized that there were REAL bad people in the world and not just in books or movies? That realization probably came during your elementary school years. It is during this stage that children begin to understand that bad things happen in our world. When our children are faced with this reality, it begs us, the parent, to ask, how do I talk to my child about evil; that evil is real, that it exits?

We want to help you navigate how to talk candidly with your child about evil, while at the same time protecting them from the fear and anxiety that can develop when people think about evil in our world. Check out this month’s video on How to Teach Our Children About Evil in the World.



When our children were little they worried about monsters under their bed. Through their elementary years their worries will reflect the real world. They’ll begin to worry about terrorism, floods, kidnapping, etc. All of these new worries come about because evil exists in our world. But, how in the world do we talk with our children about evil?

The bottom line is we need to talk with our children about evil, so they will KNOW about it. We don’t want our children to EXPERIENCE it. To talk about evil with our children means we talk with them about the fact that we have an enemy, and his name is Satan. In Matthew 4 we see Jesus knew His enemy and when it came to combating evil, Jesus spoke words of TRUTH.

When we talk with our children about evil in the world we need to speak TRUTH, not our opinion, but the TRUTH of God’s word. I’m reminded of John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”. Our children can know there is an enemy who means harm, but we’re promised that Jesus has something totally different in mind.

This promise from Jesus is for eternity, which is why in our temporal world evil exists and will continue to exist. Our children can conquer evil by doing good. Jesus is the solution to evil, and He allows us to be part of the solution as well as we help our children to conquer evil by doing good (Romans 12:21).


How do I know when my teen needs counseling?


Have you ever witnessed the aftermath of a tornado? The chaos, the destruction, the shock, the confusion and I could go on and on! What happens now? In what possible way can order and structure be created again? Where do these people turn for help in just basically knowing what comes next?

Believe it or not, sometimes our teenagers feel that same fear and confusion and overwhelming feeling of not knowing what to do next! And as badly as we parents want to feel that we can fix anything for our kid, that’s not always the case.

This same individual who could talk your ear off about everything that was possibly happening at the elementary school, is the same person who will sometimes hardly say a word to you. You, as a parent, haven’t changed, but what we need to understand is that the teenager has! In many ways.

I think one of the hardest parts of being the parent of a teen is realizing that we can’t take it personally when our teenagers need to talk to others to sort out the eruption of emotions that inhabit every teenager.

Recognizing that our teenagers may need to talk with a counselor takes a lot of courage and humility on the parents part. It’s understanding that we may know the answer but also realizing that another person might be able to communicate it better to our teen. Right now your teenager is possibly finding it hard to identify with you and will look elsewhere for someone they deem would “understand them.”

Wouldn’t you rather have a hand in deciding who is given a voice into the impressionable life of your teenager? God has given great gifts to people when it comes to listening and guiding in a Christ-like manner.

If your teen needs to talk to someone, encourage them to do so. You might be surprised at how that in itself will open up communication between the two of you!

Check out the online parenting class for this month:



II Corinthians 1:4 says, “He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God!”

That’s what we want for our teens when they are in chaos or stressed out or have completely shut us out! We want them to be comforted! But how can we comfort them if they won’t talk to us about what is bothering them, you ask.

That’s a good question but not necessarily the right one. Maybe a better question would be how do we define comfort. As a parent, comforting means that they tell us what is wrong, we give them a suggestion on what to do, they follow that suggestion and all ends up right in the world. Idyllic, but not realistic.

Maybe the comfort that the Bible is speaking of is just knowing someone is there and that they are not alone. Maybe comfort isn’t words but actions. Maybe comfort is finding someone that can help our teenager articulate what is going on and knowing that our effort was better than any advice we could ever give them.

Comfort can come in the form of hot chocolate or ice cream (one of my favorites), open ears and closed lips, a smile or a hug, and especially prayer. Most especially prayer.

Just remember, comfort is not how you view, but it’s more about how your teen views it!