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by Linda

Linda Van Voorst is a mother, children’s program director, and creator of a character development curriculum called Justice Kids. Currently, she lives with her husband and family in Bend, Oregon.

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Justice: raising kids who care

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away and not so different than what you and I call home, there was a parent; someone who spent many sleepless nights trying to figure out how to instill values, virtue and good character in their child.

That parent might be you. That parent is definitely me. But this is no fairy tale. Life is tough, and raising kids is hard work. I often find myself wondering how to help my child recognize right and wrong, develop empathy and choose kindness – especially when I’m not looking.

This dilemma has motivated my calling and that of my co-workers here at Antioch Church in Bend, Oregon. We have spent years researching and developing resources to help kids develop compassion, kindness and concern for others.

I want to raise kids who are in deliberate pursuit of the interests and welfare of others. Do you? If so, check out our “Favorite Four” below. These four free resources are either created by us or have become a favorite of ours. We’d love to share them with you!
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