Raising Good Conversationalists

Do you sometimes feel embarrassed in front of your friends because your child won’t talk and simply grumbles a “yes” or “no” to an adult’s questions? Do you have trouble getting him to talk? Or do you yourself feel awkward in engaging someone in a conversation? Some skills in the family will be more “caught Continue »

“Later, honey.”

OK, I just realized: when it comes to my kids, I have to seriously curtail my use of the word “later.” I’m quite sure that many moms fall into this trap, but it seems especially quick-sand-ish for working moms like me who usually work from home. We seem to be available – we’re sitting in Continue »

Doing Nothing

A few weeks ago, I called a friend and asked what she was doing. Her breathing was heavy, like she’d run to get the phone. “Nothing. I haven’t gotten anything done today.” Hmm, I thought to myself. She has five children, three dogs, four cats, one horse, and an executive-by-week-rancher-by-weekend hubby. After further probing, she Continue »

The Perfect Schedule

My kids’ laughter met my ears as I rushed into the living room. They sat around the carpeted floor surrounded by Lego blocks. Each of them had a project in various stages of completion. Smiles filled their faces. I glanced at the clock and groaned. My throat tightened and an ache moved to my temples. Continue »

Becoming Relevant

Interruptions. Obstacles. Full Stops. Moments when God locks doors and makes the handles red hot to burn your fingers and keep you safe from going places you shouldn’t. Moments when your life changes forever. Has that ever happened to you? Does it feel painful when God tells you, “No … stop … wait. …”? It did Continue »