Katie Gonzales is our Potomac Yard Campus Kids’ Director as well as a mom to Mila (4), Samuel (1). She lives in Alexandria, VA, attends NCC's Potomac Yard campus.
Written by Nina Schmidgall | January 4, 2019 | Barracks Row
Families today face growing pressures and competing interests demanding their time. Parents share that they feel stressed, tired, rushed, and short on quality time with their children, friends, spouses, or hobbies. There are seasons in which a family might realize that there’ s a discrepancy between what they say is important and what they’re living out. Perhaps they realize their schedule no longer reflects their priorities as a family.
Written by Jan Stauf | November 21, 2017
Parenting is both a privilege and challenge. In the beginning, it brings so much joy as we watch our children grow and begin to learn new words and concepts. We laugh as they mispronounce new words, use a word incorrectly, use them out of context or repeat big phrases they don't understand. Then they learn the power of new words like “why” or “what's dat?” and we answer the endless questions (studies say around 300 for the average 4-year-old) of a curious and growing mind. We wish we could stay in that sweet place of easy answers, laughter, and trust. But a day comes when the questions become harder to answer and the issues more complicated.
Written by NCC Parents | October 18, 2017
Parenting is hard and our goal is to navigate some of the challenges together, from discipleship at home to the practical challenges of meal planning and summer schedules. The elementary years are full of milestones and new privileges. We shouldn’t be surprised when our kids start to ask to stay home alone as this privilege is right in line with their developmentally appropriate desire for more independence and autonomy. Many parents are asking questions around how to determine if their child is ready to stay home alone.
Written by Amanda Lahr | August 29, 2017 | Potomac Yard
“It goes by so fast.”
Since the time I had my first baby, I've heard this ever-popular adage. Complete strangers at the grocery store, grandparents at the park, other moms at the doctor’s office or fellow pedestrians on a stroll—they are all apt to offer the same piece of advice, and I imagine you’ve heard it too: “Enjoy this time, it goes by so fast.”
Written by Alysia Scofield | August 21, 2017 | Barracks Row
Expectations are a tricky thing. The beginning of the school year brings a fresh start and lots of expectations. Beginning of the year parent teacher conferences are an invaluable time to communicate and get on the same page regarding your child and the school year. As you prepare for this brief time together, the most important thing to remember is that attending a parent teacher conference is really the most important thing.
Written by Steffen Humbert | July 24, 2017 | National Community Church
They’re back. More than a week ago, you sent your precious child off to camp with neatly packed luggage, extras shirts and shorts just in case, some snacks and maybe even a smile. A few days ago the bus doors opened and they looked . . . well . . . rough. Their hair wasn't combed. Half their clothes are missing and the half is covered in Jell-O. They look exhausted and reek of a distinct combination of body odor and Doritos. It’s enough to make you wonder, “What happened there?!” The best answer is...a lot.
Written by NCC Parents | June 30, 2017
Summertime is finally here! We packed our final school lunches, frantically assisted with final homework assignments, and attended our final back-to-back sporting events. The long summer days filled with pool floaties, vacations, and adventures sound amazing the week before school lets out. But the reality of long days together may already be setting in: sibling disagreements, wet pool towels left on the floor and excessive requests for TV and screens! We know summer is sweet and challenging all at the same time.
Written by Jessica Mancari | June 2, 2017 | Potomac Yard
I walked into a lot of new lunchrooms as a kid. I went to nine different schools between kindergarten and senior year. At each new place, I found myself in a familiar place – my eyes dancing around looking for kindred spirits. Fortunately, I always found some. But months later I would find myself in another familiar place: the painful place of saying goodbye.
Written by Mark Batterson | May 10, 2017
Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships, and the reason God made them men. It's into this "no man's land" that I want to declare a mantra for manhood: play the man.
Written by Sarah Crouch | April 22, 2017 | Potomac Yard
When I became a mom, my dad asked if there was anything in particular I was struggling with about being a new mother. As I recall, the list was long. There is a steep learning curve in parenting! However, there was one unfamiliar and unexpected emotion I felt when my children entered the toddler stage: embarrassment.
Written by Robin Whitford | April 6, 2017 | Ballston
I live in a historic city with several old buildings. Often times, when a monument needs to be updated, a team will construct scaffolding to support the building while it is undergoing the transformation. The support is needed at the time of construction, but when the time is right and the work is done, the scaffolding comes down and the building stands in beauty and fortitude on its own.
Written by Sarah Hanks | March 15, 2017 | Barracks Row
Let's be honest now, in the busyness of Sunday mornings, sometimes our kids’ church crafts and colorings get dropped on the floor of the minivan after church never to be seen again! But how thankful are you when the church invests so much creativity into our kids?
Written by Heather Zempel | February 17, 2017 | Echo Stage
Our new sermon series, Long Story Short, presents an exciting opportunity for entire families to explore the story of the Bible together-- some for the first time, others in a way like never before. Over the next 13 weeks, we will engage the chronological story of the Bible and our sermons will focus on the inciting incidents of Scripture—the moments that propelled the story along. Parents and children will be learning similar content at our weekend services, which means we can maximize conversation at home for shared learning. Here are a few ideas for engaging.
Written by Dannielle Hawk | January 26, 2016 | Lincoln Theater
The first time I attended a small group meeting with Sisters of Hannah, I don’t think I actually said one word the entire hour-and-a-half—partly because I was still in disbelief that I shared anything in common with other women who were dealing with infertility and pregnancy loss. I recall getting in my car and thinking, “hmm…this was probably not a good idea for me”. I really can’t deal with my stuff and also absorb the emotions of other people dealing with this issue.
Written by Robin Whitford | December 16, 2016 | Ballston
Last month the dreaded delivery arrived. The toy catalog was dropped on the dining room table nonchalantly and I watched my children instantly surge with a desire for every new toy and gadget made this year. The markers came out, circles filled every page, a tug-of-war ensued, and it’s as if the whining was added on as a free bonus feature.
Written by Dave Schmidgall and Joel Schmidgall | November 18, 2016 | Lincoln and Barracks Row
As parents, it is our responsibility and privilege to help shape our children’s view of what it means to live on mission every day. Through our words, and most importantly our actions, our kids will learn how to care for others.
Written by NCC Parents | November 6, 2016
Kids are right at the center of God’s plan! Throughout Scripture, we see many times that God chose to use young people to accomplish His plans. We believe that God wants to use young people to fulfill His purposes and care for others. We are committed to helping children to develop missional hearts - becoming more aware of the needs around them and seeing themselves as a participant in the story God is writing.