Author offers parents practical, Biblical help in teaching children how to delight in God through laughter, virtue

In This House, We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life (WaterBrook Press) by Courtney DeFeo offers parents a practical approach to instilling virtues in their children through laughter, rather than lecture.

As wife and mother of two, DeFeo was inspired to write an idea-packed book for parents filled with motivating reflections, real-life stories and creative ways to help parents turn their kids’ hearts toward God.

“The joy found in life with God is an ‘aha moment’ for kids and adults alike,” writes DeFeo. “When together as a family we awaken to pleasures of loving and following Him, the experience bonds us. When we realize that — no matter our age, gifts, or limitations — we can be used to impact others, we are inspired to create family moments that are fun and memorable.”

Designed to cover an entire year, each of the 12 chapters highlights one key virtue in developing a child’s character, a long with insights to help infuse the virtue into everyday life.

Virtues covered include joy, love, forgiveness, faith, patience, perseverance, respect, responsibility, service, humility, gratitude and generosity.

Chapters also include a relevant memory verse, activity ideas, and discussion questions to help reinforce the highlighted virtue all month long. Giggle-filled adventures like Family Olympics, One Fancy Feast, and Light ’Em Up are just of a few of the family-fun
activities outlined.

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