The Glow Morning Show


 

GOOD MORNING TO YOU!!!

I count it a great privilege to be on the air every morning!  I mean, let's face it, I've got a pretty important job to do each day here on the Glow Morning Show.....I've got to get you up!

Not only that, but I want to help you start your day the right way.  I start with great music to inspire and encourage you. Then I get into God's Word and pray with you.  We hit some great topics, give away amazing prizes and laugh at every opportunity!

Yes its a BIG job but somebody's got to do it...I'm just glad I get to!

VERSE, THOUGHT & PRAYER 6/5/20

 
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Malachi 4:6 promised that fathers and children would be reunited in heart. Let's make that true in our homes by nurturing and correcting our children — with a balance between nurture and correction. Let's not make our faith so full of rules and restrictions that it becomes impossible for our children to hear that they are our beloved children, with whom we are very pleased! Let's not grant so much freedom that our children feel neglected and uncertain. Let's turn our hearts toward them and pray for God to turn their hearts toward their home with us and their home with you!

My Prayer...

O Lord God Almighty, Abba Father, our land lies under a curse because so many Fathers have spiritually and physically abandoned their children. Please raise up parents, especially fathers, who will balance the challenging tasks of love, nurture, and correction so that our land may be healed and our children may know your love and grace. In Jesus name. Amen.


 

 

6/5/20

God has a future and a hope for every one of his followers.  That is why, in a seemingly hopeless world, we can have hope. – Greg Laurie


 

4 Conversations Dads Must Have with Their Kids about Violence - 6/3/20 (www.allprodad.com)

Derek Maul

DEREK MAUL

If we watch the news on a regular basis, it’s impossible to miss the strong attraction America has to stories featuring mayhem. The cliche: “If it bleeds, it leads” may be a huge generalization. But, too often, it seems to be the playbook by which news events are filtered. The fact is assault, murder, terrorism, and war always grab the headlines. Video games have become more graphic and more personal; movies and television depict gruesome images designed to grab our attention. Even the Internet thinks nothing of making stonings, beheadings, and the aftermath of terrorist attacks instantly accessible. Even sports broadcasts tend to glorify the gore, “I think he snapped his elbow on that play, Sam; let’s play it again (10 times) in slow motion so we can see the actual point where the bones separate…” Really?

Understanding this, how do we help our children understand how wrong violence is, while at the same time respecting our military, staying committed to protecting the innocent, and valuing the importance of self-defense? Check out the following 4 critical conversations dads must have with their kids about violence.

1. Talk about right and wrong from a firm vantage point.

Every value system must have clear reference points from which to draw conclusions. Teach your children personal faith; make sure they understand key provisions in the Constitution. Be the kind of consistent role model where they can anchor their beliefs and understand right and wrong in the context of a stable family.

2. Violence is NOT entertaining.

Talk with your children about entertainment. Take a strong stand against the idea that there is any entertainment value in anyone else’s pain. Make sure they understand the difference between fights that move the plot along and violence that is simply gratuitous.

3. Discuss advocating on behalf of victims.

Part of being a man is defending the oppressed, the minority, and the underdog. If violence is not entertainment and, if being “manly” means standing up for the oppressed, we must talk with our children about defending those who are bullied and standing against persecutions such as sexism and racism.

4. Have a conversation about world politics and why war is sometimes the only appropriate response.

Build on the idea that strong people stand up for victims. Mention Hitler and WWII and explain why America had to intervene. Don’t be afraid to field hard questions from the kids. Make sure they understand that good government always has to ask itself hard questions. Try to refrain from being politically partisan.


 

The 5 Ways to React When Your Kids Are Fighting - 6/2/20 (www.allprodad.com)

Bobby Cooley

BOBBY COOLEY

One morning, I was up making coffee and could hear my sons screaming upstairs. I paused to find out what had happened and realized they were arguing over a lightsaber they found at the park. I separated them and told them they were not allowed to play with it again for the rest of the day. Then I left for work.

When I got home, I heard the boys screaming again. This time, they were full-on fighting about the lightsaber. I walked into the room and with a deep voice, shouted: “STOP IT!” As I screamed, both cowered in fear. I took the toy, broke it on my knee, and threw it in the trash. I felt immediate guilt. Siblings are going to fight—it’s part of life and development. I knew I blew this situation. I told myself that day that I would improve. Here are 5 better ways to react to kids’ fighting.

1. Stay calm.

While I want to yell to make my kids stop immediately, staying calm is the best thing you can do the help resolve the conflict. Cooler heads prevail and how you show emotional restraint will help defuse the situation quicker. When you lose your cool, your kids learn to lose their cool, too. Instead, separate the fighters and let them calm down before you start talking.

2. Get the facts.

As the conflict manager in your home, you need to get the facts. Do your best to maneuver through the emotions to find out what happened. Don’t simply ask what happened. Ask if each kid is OK. By asking this question, you are not focusing on the situation. You are giving your attention to your child’s heart in that moment. After that, get the details.

3. Don’t focus on who started it.

Most dads want to fix the situation as soon as possible. We start with who started what and go from there. But who started it is the wrong issue. Focusing on who started it only resolves one part of the conflict. There may be more to it. It’s possible that the fighting is really rooted in a child’s stress over something that happened at school, at practice, or in an earlier encounter with you.

4. Show consistency.

It is important to be consistent in your reactions, as hard as this may be sometimes. Consistency shows authority and that you are in charge. Consistency shows stability when your kids may be feeling fear and anxiety. When you are stable, you create a safe, secure environment for your kids to express what they’re feeling.

5. Discipline appropriately.

If your kids are fighting over a real issue that needs discipline, make sure your discipline is appropriate. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you. In reality, you may go over the top with discipline like I did when I broke and tossed the lightsaber. When this happens, don’t be afraid to go back to your kids when you’re calm and make it right with an apology. I once told my son that he had to stay in his bed all day because he yelled at his sister. That happened at 8:30 in the morning. By 9:30, I realized I took it a little too far and showed him what grace meant.


 

5 Fun Summer Activities for Under $10 - 5/28/20 (www.imom.com)

fun summer activities

Summer can be expensive! The typical cost of a sports camp can set you back about $200 – $300 a week, and even camps at the Y or a local park can still add up to a big chunk of change by the time school starts.

If your kids will hang out at home most of the summer, with or without you, it’s nice to have a few go-to ideas for those days when it seems the only choice you have is between screen time or boredom.

So stockpile what you’ll need (it’s not much) for our 5 ways to have summer fun under $10!

1. Water Balloon War:

This one will cost you about $6 for a couple hundred water balloons and the all important water balloon spigots. Believe us, the spigots are worth it; they fit on a hose and make filling up the balloons easy. If your children are old enough, let them fill the balloons and tie them. If they’re not dexterous enough to tie the balloons, go ahead and fill and tie them ahead of time. Then, open the door, point them to the baskets of balloons and let the fun begin!

If you don’t want an all out war with them throwing the balloons at each other, mark off targets on the wall or fence or trees with chalk. Get lots more water wars ideas from our friends at All Pro Dad, here and here. 

2. Freezer Pop Play:

Grab a fiver or two and pick up a box of flavored ice pops. A hundred of these cool treats will set you back about $9. What can you do with a freezer pop?

  • Draw with them. Yep. Grab any type of white paper, cut open the pop and let your kids draw with the melting ice.
  • Hold ’em. Slide the frozen pop out of the bag and see who can hold theirs the longest without melting.
  • Before you freeze the pops, set aside a few to use unfrozen. Snip them open and let your kids dye their hair, toes, tummy, etc.!

3. Small Pool – Big Fun:

Even if you have a big swimming pool, spring for a little one for about 10 bucks. Fill the pool with water and play these games.

  • Fill the pool with water, and ice. See who can stand in the cold water the longest without jumping out.
  • Toss pennies into the water. Start about a foot away from the edge, and then have the kids step back. See who can make the shot from the farthest away.
  • Use some food coloring from the kitchen and let your kids color the water.
  • Blindfold the kids and have them sit in the water. Scatter small items around the pool. Have your child feel around to find them, and then tell you what it is.

4. Plant It:

Ready, set, grow! You’ll have to mix in a little delayed gratification for this idea, but, hey, that part is free! Buy a small bag of potting soil for about $3. Pick up some seed packets with fast growing plants and veggies like sunflowers, zinnias, radishes, or lettuce. Use our cute plant labels, follow the seed packet instructions, and get growing!

5. Krazy Kitchen:

There are some foods that are just plain fun. Grab your 10 dollars and buy:

  • Maifun Noodles $2.50 — they’re the kind that expand when they hit the oil. You’ll have to supervise, of course, but these noodles are fun to cook, and eat.
  • Vinegar and Baking Soda $4.50 — Grab a big pot and let your child pour in about a quarter of the white vinegar. Then, let them add the baking soda bit by bit. This one is bubbling, foaming, fun. It’s messy too, so lay out a towel underneath.
  • Jiffy Pop $3 — Have you ever popped Jiffy Pop? It’s a campfire staple, and was the go-to “instant” popped corn before microwaves were invented. Read the instructions and enjoy as the flat foil cover expands over heat.  You’ll need to supervise this one too. And, here’s a tip: better to set the burner at a temp that’s a little too low your first time. The first time we made Jiffy Pop the burner was too hot and it scorched the popcorn.

 

7 Best Ways to Spend Summer Days with the Kids - 5/26/20

Mike Landry

MIKE LANDRY

Living in Alberta, Canada means my family spends at least half the year in a winter wonderland. When the snow melts, though, we have a whole new world of play and adventure. Chances are your kids are already starting to enjoy all that “outside” has to offer.

“Many activities take on a new life when they are shared with dad.”
 

But many activities take on a new life when they are shared with dad.  Here are 7 summer ideas for kids from a Canadian who is ready to start enjoying outside.

1. Get wet.

Beyond pools and lakes, I’ve found that there is also plenty of water fun to be had in our own backyard. Adding a sprinkler to the slide on our backyard playground makes a great waterslide— and adding a blow-up pool at the bottom adds to the fun. A sheet of poly and a sprinkler creates an industrial-sized slip-n-slide and buying a pack or three of 100 (bio-degradable) water balloons from a dollar store makes anything outside a little more interesting.

2. Build a fire.

I still remember the pride I felt the first time I built a fire of my own. Taking your kids out and teaching them the subtle tricks of building a fire is a wonderful shared experience in and of itself—and it offers a second opportunity: the chance to cook over the fire. Whether it’s hot dogs, marshmallows, or something more involved, when your kids eat something they cooked over a fire they helped build, it always seems to taste a little better.

3. Go cycling.

Whether it’s a short ride to the park or something more ambitious in terrain or in distance, the chance to get out on bikes and feel the wind in our hair is a surefire way to say “summer has begun.” As an added bonus, it works as inspiration for the younger ones to learn how to ride a bike so they don’t miss out on the adventure.

4. Play sports.

There’s a reason dads playing catch with their kids shows up so often in fiction: It’s not only a great way to spend an afternoon together, but it’s a skill we often get to introduce them to for the first time. When they get older, every time they toss around the football or baseball, play Frisbee, or kick a soccer ball, it’ll remind them of summer afternoons spent with you.

5. Watch an outdoor movie.

In a wintry climate, drive-in movie theaters have gone out of style, but from time to time a community group hosts a family movie outdoors at a park or a pool. But even when that can’t happen because of social distancing, we can do it in our own back yard with a projector. I find it doesn’t matter much what movie it is or how often my kids have seen it. The chance to stay up a little later and watch a movie outside with me is an experience we all savor.

6. Fly something.

There’s a reason kids find whatever is flying overhead—whether it’s a bird, plane, or helicopter—to be fascinating. The chance to put something in the sky yourself and fly it around, whether a drone, a remote-control airplane, or even an old-fashioned kite, has been thrilling for a long time. Get outside and help your kid fly something.

7. Complete home renovation projects.

Summer for me often means I’ve got a little extra time for home maintenance. Many of these projects have me at the workbench in my garage fixing or building. Sure, it would be faster if I did the project on my own. But bringing my kids into cutting, painting, and fixing is a great way to spend time with them. As a bonus, my kids often look with pride on whatever it is that they’ve helped me with.

 

TOP 10 Ways to Support Our Community During COVID-19 - 3/24/20

10. Support local food banks

9. Help students who rely on school lunches

8. Support local businesses and low-income service workers

7. Check on your neighbors

6. Donate blood

5. Get medical equipment where it needs to go

4. Reach out to hospital workers, help with childcare or getting healthy meals

3. Help the homeless

2. Don't hoard supplies or food

1. Select a COVID-19 relief fund