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Tag: parenting


A Pine Cove-Themed Birthday

by Valerie Morby

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Some of us grew up with Batman or Strawberry Shortcake or Aladdin-themed birthday parties. But the phrase “Bump the Lamp” was written for moms like Darcie “iMac” Lantz, who recently went way above and beyond for her daughter Heidi’s 13th birthday party. A longtime camper and a big-time Pine Cove fan, Heidi requested… a Pine […]

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Summer is Short

by Tracey Eyster

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Have you ever looked over at your kid and thought, “Hey, you are growing up! Where has the time gone?” I think we all do—if not, you may not be paying attention!  I have heard it said, “The days are long, but the years are short,” and while that sounds “off” when you stop and […]

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Kids Having Fun is Important Work

by Tracey Eyster

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If there is anything Pine Cove has taught me as a mom, it is that kids having fun is about a whole lot more than just kids having fun. It is difficult today to process all that is going on in our lives and to juggle our responsibilities, activities, and relationships. The loads that we […]

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Encouraging a Heart for Serving Others

by Tracey Eyster

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A word that gets thrown around a lot when it comes to frustration with children is their propensity to have a sense of entitlement. It comes naturally, and it comes early. Watch any group of two-year-olds play together and the act of snatching and you’ll see the verbalization of “mine” is a regular occurrence. That […]

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Working Together to Reap a Harvest

by Kelcie Huffstickler

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Combines dot the outskirts of my small town this time of year. They trek down row after row, from morning ‘til night, gathering rice, corn, and soybeans from the fields. It’s harvest season. And though it’s hard work, this is the time when farmers get to reap what they sowed during the labor-intensive spring. Harvest […]

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Back to School Encouragement for Moms

by Erin Harris

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the kids going back to school tomorrow. Even though we KNOW this is what God has called our family to do for now, it FEELS very uncertain, and less than ideal. Stressed out teachers and admin, masks, kids who’ve been cooped up for five months, and, well, COVID. I […]

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How to Help your Child Connect to God and Learn to Pray

by Kelcie Huffstickler

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My oldest daughter tends to overthink and worry about things at night when she’s tired. Something about a long day and an exhausted mind magnifies her otherwise minor fourth grade problems. I remember one night as she laid in her top bunk above her sister, with tears streaming down her cheeks, I taught her Philippians […]

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Summer is Short

by Tracey Eyster

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Have you ever looked over at your kid and thought, “Hey, you are growing up! Where has the time gone?” I think we all do—if not, you may not be paying attention!  I have heard it said, “The days are long, but the years are short,” and while that sounds “off” when you stop and […]

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The Importance of Fun For Your Kids

by Tracey Eyster

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If there is anything Pine Cove has taught me as a mom, it is that kids having fun is about a whole lot more than just kids having fun. It is difficult today to process all that is going on in our lives and to juggle our responsibilities, activities, and relationships. The loads that we […]

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8 Parenting Lessons I Learned from the Pine Cove Staff

by Erin Harris

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Everything I ever needed to know about parenting, I could have learned from college kids. For the past six years, our family has had the privilege of getting to be a part of the ministry of Pine Cove. Because of that ministry, we frequently get to be around college kids who love Jesus. I cannot […]

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