Babies & Toddlers

A New Appreciation for Preschool Parents and Teachers

This morning as I jumped into the car after dropping of my youngest at her preschool for special needs, my phone rang. I answered, unsuspecting. “Jennifer?” I heard a measure of desperation…

A Full Drawer of Imagination

Fostering creativity in my kids is a big deal to me as a mom. God Himself is infinitely creative (see Genesis 1), so I think that ingenuity is a way of reflecting…

Four-Year-Old Theology and Garage Sale Wisdom

It was one of those rare times that I got to pick up Lydia, our 4-year-old granddaughter, from preschool. Talk about a boost to the ego! She squealed my name,…

Rainy Day Idea #1: Treasure Hunt!

If The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything sent your boys into a never-ending pirates phase, too (“RRRR! It’s a fine day at sea, Mom!”), or if your kids have that…

Praying for Our Kids

Praying for our kids is crucial in this world. So many things are coming at them—the right clothes, music, cars, video games … and the list goes on and on. We must teach…

Baby Time

I babysat an 8-month-old yesterday. Wow. I forgot how much energy, time, and vigilance that age requires. She wanted to taste test everything from the dog’s bone to the newspaper. And…

Adjustment Issues

A tattered envelope fell out of my son’s baby book while I was tidying up.  As I turned it over, memories of a hectic day with a toddler and preschoolers came…

Handling Tantrums

Editor’s note: Welcome back one of our repeating guest bloggers: Ginger Plowman. A mom recently emailed me, desperate for a solution for handling tantrums. In reading her plea for help,…

The Dreaded Picky Eaters

There’s nothing like sitting down to a warm family dinner that you’ve carefully prepared, gazing at God’s blessings around your table, to hear those precious words from your child regarding…

Baby Schedules

While discussing newborn babies, my sister reminded me of my first (and overwhelming) days with my firstborn. As I had no experience with babies, I relied on books and other…

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