#FamilyFavoriteFriday - Emotional parenting, the power of story, and art criticism

It's time for #FamilyFavoriteFriday! Here's what we found to share with you around the web this week ...

For Parents ...

How do you process your emotions as a parent? Are you even aware when you respond emotionally to your kids? This article talks about the "emotional practice" of parenting. It might be enlightening ... and it will probably be challenging!

For Ministry Leaders ...

We tell stories all the time as part of children's ministry (and adult ministry, we just call them "anecdotes" or "illustrations" - let's be honest folks, we all love stories!), but how often do you think about why stories are so powerful? There's a reason God chose a book of stories as one of the many ways God communicated with humanity.

For those of you who are just feeling alone this week, know you're not. And check out these thoughts on how to know if your church doesn't value children's ministry the way it should.

For Fun ...

Are you more impressed by your kids' artwork than some of what you've seen in a museum? There might be a reason ... check out this video of art experts expressing their criticism of mass-produced prints from IKEA.

For thought ...

  • What emotions do you feel most often when you're in conversation with your kids? 

  • In what ways does your church value children's ministry? 

  • What is the most valuable piece of art you own from your kids? Post a picture in the comments!