Connecting Kids to Creation: Everything is Interesting

by Rusty Pritchard The wiring is already there. The mental infrastructure is in place. It's up to us to provide the raw materials.  I'm not a romantic. Don't accuse me of putting the "noble savage" on a pedestal. I'm part scientist, part … [Read more...]

Everything is Interesting: Raising Educated People

Everything is Interesting for Children Exploring Creation

By Jerram Barrs Flourish, Spring 2012 We live in a culture filled with boredom and cynicism—even among our children. It is a tragic commentary on our culture that you can meet 16- and 17-year-old kids who are apathetic about their own … [Read more...]

Book | Year of Plenty

Writer Rachel Stone

Reviewed by Rachel Stone Flourish, Fall 2011 Year of Plenty By Craig Goodwin Sparkhouse Press, 2011, 224 pages By now you've likely heard of more than one year-long experiment written up on a blog or in a book, or both—Julie & … [Read more...]

Book | The Family Dinner


Reviewed by Rachel Stone Flourish magazine, Winter 2011 The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time, by Laurie David, with recipes by Kirstin Uhrenholdt Hachette Book Group, 2010, 256 pages You may … [Read more...]

Get Outdoors this Christmas!


[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] The holidays can mean lots of eating, lounging around, and whining "I'm bored." What a waste! Christmas break, … [Read more...]

Children, Animals, and the Imago Dei

Animal care and protection can go both ways ...

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Rusty Pritchard Recently I got to participate in two events designed to bring children closer to creation. One took … [Read more...]

Where’s all the Family Fun?

Our regular Family Fun editor, Joanna Pritchard, is currently in Haiti, serving with the International Organization for Migration in its earthquake relief efforts. Please keep her and the community she is working with in your prayers, and see what … [Read more...]

A Green Mama on Learning to Live Wisely and Well


By Tracey Bianchi Flourish Magazine, Winter 2010 Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well! - Psalm 90:12 MSG Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. - Gandhi Craning my … [Read more...]

Three Fun Ideas for a Nature Hike with Kids (or Grownups)


[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Usually, heading out to the woods or creek to mess around with children is plenty of fun without any special planning. … [Read more...]

Get Ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays.] Calling citizen scientists! Next week, February 12 -15 2010, there's a fun and easy opportunity for your family to … [Read more...]

Feed the Birds in the Bleak Midwinter

Cultivate places where God's creatures can find rest and nourishment in winter.

by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays.] Seeds, berries and insects are scarce in winter. Birds flock to feeders for a welcome meal, especially … [Read more...]

Why your child needs a knife


By Rusty Pritchard Kids need knives. I still get a laugh when my family goes to a sit-down restaurant, to see servers putting out silverware and carefully making sure that the table knives don’t go anywhere near my kids. This at ages up to … [Read more...]