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Parental Alienation - is it real?

Parental alienation

 

My introduction to parental alienation was several years ago. A mom’s ex-husband was constantly telling us all about his ex’s bad traits. If that wasn’t bad enough, when the child returned from visitation with the dad, he was caustic toward his mother.

To be honest with you, I got confused about whom to believe and was basically clueless about how to handle the mom, the dad, and the child. 

My first reaction was to…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on July 19, 2016 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Parental Alienation - is it real?

Parental alienation

 

My introduction to parental alienation was several years ago. A mom’s ex-husband was constantly telling us all about his ex’s bad traits. If that wasn’t bad enough, when the child returned from visitation with the dad, he was caustic toward his mother.

To be honest with you, I got confused about whom to believe and was basically clueless about how to handle the mom, the dad, and the child. 

My first reaction was to…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on July 19, 2016 at 12:39pm — No Comments

How do I help a mom whose child wants to go live with the other parent?

A church leader approached me with the following situation. “I have a wonderful Christian single mom in our church who is devastated, and I don’t know how to help. She has done everything to provide for and create a happy Christian home for her kids. The other day her son asked to go live with his dad. She is beside herself with worry. The ex doesn’t live a Christian lifestyle, and she is worried about the care he will provide for her son. How am I supposed to minister to…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on April 13, 2016 at 12:54pm — 1 Comment

Do You Need Help Teaching Kids About the Good Fruit of the Spirit?

One of the hardest concepts to get across to kids is about the good fruit the Holy Spirit can grow in their lives, but it is so foundational for teachers and parents to teach this truth.
 
If you have grappled in the past of getting this concept across to boys and girls, your struggle can be over!  In My Garden curriculum, accompanying music CD and/or DVD and songbook will help you…
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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on October 15, 2015 at 11:06am — No Comments

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Added by Yancy on October 12, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

The #1 Way to Captivate Kids

Breaking The 4th Wall

In theater there's something called the 4th wall--it's the invisible "wall" that separates actors on stage from the audience. If ever an actor crosses into the audience or involves the audience in the performance, it's called "breaking the 4th wall". Whereas the "4th wall" is effective within theater, it's a recipe for boredom in a children's ministry. If you or your volunteers ever feel like a talking head, it's…

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Added by David Rausch on September 17, 2015 at 12:11pm — No Comments

A Disney-like approach to ministering to children of divorce

Posted on August 31, 2015 by Linda Jacobs

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Research shows that for many children the treatment they…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on September 8, 2015 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Glad you found Jesus– goodbye and see you around

Several years ago I had a man tell me, “Don’t leave these kids from divorced homes at the foot of the cross!”

I wasn’t sure I heard what he said so I asked him to repeat it.

Don’t leave these kids of divorce at the foot of the cross!

This was very confusing to me. I had to ask what on earth was he talking about. He went onto explain.

I came to know Christ as a kid. I had a hard life early on. There was a lot of trauma in our family. One man mentored me…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on August 3, 2015 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Champions, cheerleaders, grandbuddies and mentors – oh my! How they can change a child’s life

Recently I read the book, “Cheering for the Children” by Casey Gwinn. This is an amazing book and while not written for church leaders or children’s ministers it is a worthwhile read to anyone ministering to children especially children who have experienced early trauma including the divorce of their parents.

Casey Gwinn is a man who…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on July 31, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Glad you found Jesus– goodbye and see you around

Several years ago I had a man tell me, “Don’t leave these kids from divorced homes at the foot of the cross!”

I wasn’t sure I heard what he said so I asked him to repeat it.

Don’t leave these kids of divorce at the foot of the cross!

This was very confusing to me. I had to ask what on earth was he talking about. He went onto explain.

I came to know Christ as a kid. I had a hard life early on. There was a lot of trauma in our family. One man mentored me…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on July 31, 2015 at 10:27am — No Comments

What do I need to know when grandparents assume responsibility for their grandchildren?

Many grandparents thought they were through parenting only to find they have to parent the second or third generation in their family.

Some of these grandparents are retired or ready to retire. They have worked hard to get to a point where they can sit back and enjoy life. Now they find they have to make many adjustments in their home. That sewing room becomes the baby’s room. Or the home office becomes the tweens room.

On top of everything else, many of these grandparents are…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on July 7, 2015 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Children of divorce: caught in the middle

As I was on my morning walk I noticed two birds chirping very loudly. One bird was on the right side of the street. The other bird was on the left side of the street.

It seemed to me that they were conversing with each other. The one on the right would chirp almost as if it were yelling. Then the bird on the left side of the street would sound off. Back and forth went the banter. Sometimes they wouldn’t let the other bird finish before they started chirping.

As I got closer I…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on May 15, 2015 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Can you help me understand parental alienation?

“We have a couple that is divorcing in our church. It appears there is a lot of conflict and lately I’ve heard the term “parental alienation” being thrown around. I’m not sure I understand what this is all about.”

The term parental alienation first appeared on my radar back in the late seventies. It is a very tough issue to deal with. I’ve had the unfortunate experience of being caught in the middle of some really hard cases in the past.

Basically, parental alienation is when…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on March 10, 2015 at 11:45am — No Comments

When nothing seems right in your ministry

One time I was working with the cutest little single dad family. There were three children. Michael was the middle child in between two bossy sisters. One morning he was really grouchy.

Nothing was right.

His clothes bothered him.

He didn’t like his breakfast.

His paper kept moving around when he was trying to draw a picture.

He was mad at both sisters.

People were just getting in his way and bothering him.

After putting up with his tirades for most of…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on February 20, 2015 at 12:13pm — No Comments

{Book Review} "Children's Games From Around the World"

One of the things that makes our Children's Ministry unique is that we offer a missions-emphasis program for our preschoolers, elementary-age children and preteens.  Second Sunday for the World, offered on the second Sunday of each month October - June, exposes children to other cultures, introduces them to church-supported missionaries, and allows them to pray for people around the world. They learn to have God’s heart for the world by serving others locally and globally.

I…

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Added by Kathie Phillips on January 8, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How silence shatters dreams for the child of divorce

Every child has dreams and when parents divorce or break up, silence from the adults in their lives can tend to destroy the dreams in a normal child centered environment. All children are self-centered. That’s how God made us – to depend on our parents and other adults.

However, when there is a crisis such as a divorce, kids need people to talk to them and explain what is happening and what’s going to happen. Children don’t need silence from the very people they depend upon to help…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on December 3, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments

A Twist on Volunteer Training: "Leader Lunch & Learn"

Training and equipping our kidmin leaders is of utmost importance if we want them to lead well in their ministry area and to have longevity in serving with us.

There are many challenges when it comes to volunteer training, however.

How can we make it beneficial to rookies and…

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Added by Kathie Phillips on November 5, 2014 at 9:53am — No Comments

How do you tell kids the parents are getting a divorce?

Recently I was visiting with a pastor whose wife had told him two weeks before that she wanted a divorce. This man was devastated. He and his soon-to-be ex wife had in mind what they wanted to tell the children. I’m glad he asked about what to say because he was getting ready to make a huge mistake. His meeting with the children was going to be too long and very complicated.

When telling the children about an up-and-coming divorce, a lot depends on

  • The…
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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on October 23, 2014 at 8:18am — No Comments

1 HUGE mistake we’ve made with the child of divorce

Often, when kids of divorce show up in your church classes they may exhibit unruly out of control behaviors. Your teachers and volunteers will ask a question like:

“What on earth could be causing these kids to act like that?”

They may wonder if there is any discipline in the home at all. It is not that their parent is a bad parent or that they aren’t trying, but more likely it is because there is confusion and chaos in the child’s life. Many of these children live in…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on September 12, 2014 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Teaching - Moses Runs

In my devotion this morning I was challenged on a thought I decided I may share and get some thoughts on. It is simply about what we teach in regard to a particular story, that is Moses, more specifically when he runs away.

I have always understood that the movie 'the Prince of Egypt' may not be the most accurate portrayal of the story I never considered this. As a child, I had this impression that Moses, after killing a guy ran away because he was sorry for his actions and was afraid…

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Added by Rodney King on September 2, 2014 at 5:16pm — No Comments

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