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Tips for parents and caregivers

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Sieving or straining?

“One recent challenging incident had a quick and positive outcome, as I employed nonviolent communication as a helpful tool to resolve a matter and build relationship with relatively new neighbours…I find that the nonviolent communication principles and process help me to put what I am thinking or about to say through a sieve,” says St Andrew’s, South Brisbane parishioner Liz Wellauer

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Marking Lent with our children

“So this Lent I’d like to challenge us to help our children lay down something, in order to pick up something else. Rather than just cutting something out of our lives…let’s take something out specifically to put something more beneficial in,” says teacher, mum and Resource Church St Andrew’s, Springfield Music Coordinator Penny Howchin

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Bringing engaging children's worship into the home

“I know for my family, doing church at home this year really made me ‘step up to the plate’ regarding my children’s spiritual development like never before. Knowing they didn’t have youth group and children’s church meeting, I realised it was up to my husband and me to shepherd and train our children in the way they should go,” says Penny Howchin from Resource Church St Andrew’s, Springfield

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Tips for teenagers: keeping occupied at home in the school holidays

A Brisbane-based teenager shares his tips, with the help of the ASC’s Steve Window, for keeping occupied at home during the school holidays while physical distancing measure are in place: “For the last three years, I have been unable to attend school and rarely leave the house because of a medical condition, so I am an expert at keeping myself occupied at home. I hope these tips help other teenagers, and their mums and dads, keep mentally well while students stay at home in the school holidays to keep people safe”