Kid Talk Tuesday Posts

Kids Easter Giveaway!


Easter Sunday is around the corner, and we’re giving away this HUGE prize pack with endless hours of Easter-themed learning and fun!

In addition to Easter stickers, stories, and activity books, this grand prize giveaway includes the following NEW Tyndale Kids releases:



The Story Travelers Bible Join Lana, Munch, and Griffin on the adventure of a lifetime as they travel through the Holy Land and learn about the stories, cultures, people, and places of the Bible.




Your Magnificent Chooser The choices kids make every day play a large part in forming who they grow to be as adults. Author John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make godly choices daily.





A Patch on the Peak of Ararat Noah follows God’s plan, resulting in his rescue from destruction. A Patch on the Peak of Ararat is one of four books in The Faith That God Built series by Gary Bower. This series uses the same whimsical style of storytelling as The House that Jack Built, using rhyme to introduce kids to favorite Bible stories.



Here’s how to enter to win these perfect Easter Basket stuffers for your little loved ones:

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We’ll pick the winner on April 4th, in time for the winner to receive the books for Easter!


Easter Giveaway

7 Facts about Saint Patrick and His Faith

Friday is Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone’s favorite day to wear the color green and drink Shamrock Shakes. But what do you know about the man the holiday is named after? Saint Patrick lived less than five hundred years after Jesus, and he spent forty years traveling throughout Ireland, spreading the gospel to the Druid people.

While celebrating the patron saint of Ireland with corned beef and cabbage and the wearing o’ the green, share some of these facts with your kids!

  1. We celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17, which isn’t his birthday; it’s the day he died. We’re celebrating the day he got to heaven!
  2. Legends say Saint Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, but it’s more likely that there were never any snakes on the island. Today, the only reptile native to Ireland is the viviparous lizard.
  3. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock (a young clover sprig) to explain the Trinity–the three persons of God—since it has three leaves growing off of one stem.
  4. The shortened version of Patrick is Paddy not Patty. Patty is a woman’s name; Paddy is short for the Gaelic name Pádraig, which is where we get Patrick.
  5. Saint Patrick wasn’t actually Irish! He was born in modern-day England, to parents who were Roman citizens.
  6. When Patrick was sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland, where he learned about the people of that land. When he was twenty-two, he escaped back to England, where he dedicated his time to studying his faith until he returned to Ireland.
  7. Traditionally, people wear green to celebrate the holiday, but in the earliest depictions, Saint Patrick is shown wearing blue.




Would you like to learn more about Saint Patrick with your kids? Read Challenge on the Hill of Fire by Marianne Hering and Nancy I. Sanders, book ten in the Imagination Station series from Focus on the Family.

Making Choices Can Be Fun & Delicious!

We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more.

John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make right choices daily in his new book, Your Magnificent Chooser.

Take time to teach your child about making Godly choices with the following activities. Enjoy learning through prayer, memorization, and praising the Lord together!



To learn more about Your Magnificent Chooser or to find more children’s storybooks and Bibles, visit


101 Questions We All Ask about God

How do I know God is real?

Where did God come from?

Has anyone ever seen God?

No one has ever seen the face of God, but we can be sure He is near.

Has Anyone Ever Seen God? uses cheerful artwork with a modern whimsical style to give honest, easy-to-understand answers to your toughest questions about God, the creation, and the Bible.

Click on the images below to download samples!




Browse the entire 101 Questions Series, including What Does God Really Promise? and Can I Really Know Jesus? by Carolyn Larsen, on

Where Does Love Hide?

Dr. Mary Manz Simon © 2017

I want to reach out and grab it, before the love floats away. Because on this single day each February, love is all around.

After all, this is the month of candy hearts on the coffee table and white doilies glued to red construction paper. The word doesn’t change through the years, but the depth of the emotion changes during the seasons of parenting.

The excitement and passion of romantic love gives way to familiar comfort as the anniversary years add up. The wonder and amazement at the birth of a child gets buried in a flurry of baseball games and gymnastics lessons. In some families, love gets lost in a tangled web of broken relationships and fractured hearts.

Children learn quickly that the very word, “love” can be quite useful. Even a three year old knows that saying “I love you” can trigger mommy cuddles; a tween adds “I don’t love you” to emphasize a point.

In the next twenty-four hours, how many times will your child say the word “love”? Listen for these phrases:

You don’t love me as much as __________.

Most parents would agree that we have a responsibility to help each child develop and celebrate his God-given gifts. But most parents would also agree that it’s hard to raise children without making comparisons.

And yet each child has individual strengths on which we can build. Sometimes abilities and gifts are buried under a strong-willed nature, the moodiness of adolescence, or the hurt of neglect. Each child has a right to be loved for who he is.

Do you love me?

We often assume children know we love them. Yet even the most casual observer would question our love when we yell at a child for dropping a spoon from the high chair or overreact to a report card. Love can get all mixed up with other emotions and even lost in the hassles of everyday life.

Years ago, a mom made the commitment to tell her child at least once a day, “I love you, and Jesus loves you, too.” That’s an appropriate resolution for each of us this Valentine’s Day 2017.

If you loved me you wouldn’t make me…empty the garbage…turn off my tablet…come home early on school nights.

Love is often a handy trigger for parental guilt. It’s true that love is unconditional, but showing love involves setting limits. Because we love our children we teach them about responsible behavior. Because we love our children we require them to meet certain expectations. And we do these things not because it’s easier (often it’s much harder) but because we love them.

If you loved me you would…take me to Disney World…give me a smartphone…serve me ice cream for breakfast.

At an early age, children discover that love can be an effective negotiating tool. Manipulating the word “love” and the accompanying emotion has triggered countless impulse purchases in the checkout line at the grocery store.

Giving things  will never replace giving love. Our gift of self—attention, time, affection—is the essence of parental love.

If you loved me, you would forget that I…didn’t make my bed…hid my phone under my bed…left my bike outside in the rain.

Human nature makes it tough to forget, but because we are Christians, we can forgive.

I’ve never met a perfect child or a perfect parent, but because Jesus loves us, you and I can forgive our children. Because Jesus loves us, our children can forgive us. “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). These words are a blessing every day.

Yet even on Valentine’s Day, love can get buried in the busyness. I know: I had three children in less than four years. Life in those years was often chaotic; I’m not sure it’s settled down yet!

I hope sleep-deprived parents will share the precious love children offer so generously when reading my newest book, Where Does Love Hide?  Interacting with a young child who lifts the flaps of this fun book reminds us all that love can be found everywhere.

Challenge your child—and yourself—to discover where love hides at your house on this holiday. And if love seems a bit elusive, reach out with a hug, a caring word or a helping hand. You’ll uncover exactly where love hides.



Mary Manz Simon is an award-winning author whose titles have sold more than three million copies in the Christian channel and are available in ten languages. A long-time columnist for Focus on the Family, Mary has authored numerous articles for a variety of periodicals. Her speaking venues include Book Expo of the American Booksellers Association (BEA), National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), and International Retailing Show of the Christian Booksellers Association (ICRS). She serves as an adviser to MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and was quoted in McCall’s magazine as one of “America’s top parenting experts.”