Children

A Power Punch for Joy Filled Days

Do you ever feel disappointed with life?  I think most of us might agree that our days often seem either crazy busy or frustratingly slow.  It’s easy to let negative…

A Resolution To Stop Cussing

Have you noticed the words teenagers use on Facebook? They know we’re watching. What do you think they’re saying when we aren’t? Perhaps most upsetting to me is how normalized profanity…

Easy Ways to Get Involved in Your Child’s School

Here we are again. Long days at the pool will soon be memories replaced by new shoes, class schedules, and fall sports. Whether we like it or not, it’s back-to-school…

How to Prevent Chores Gone Crazy

If you sing these words to the Jason Mraz song “I’m Yours,” you will see a glimpse into the Hawkins home — well, actually more like a glimpse into my husband’s…

Ten Tips for Helping Your Children Through Grief Over Losing a Loved One

{Editor’s Note: With this week’s death of dear Wynter, we asked Dr. Jennifer if she would share with you how to help children process and deal with grief. We know…

Courage: the Backbone of Character

If we were to write a classified ad for a parent, one of the parts of the job description would be character building. It is a non-negotiable for any conscientious…

Fireworks in a Jar

Having fun as a family this 4th of July doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, it can be as easy as opening your pantry! If your family loves fireworks…

Ideas For Fun-Challenged Moms

Last summer, I had a mom come to me and ask, “How can I teach myself to have fun with my children?” Initially I was taken aback by her question,…

Are Screens Harming Your Child’s Communication Skills?

I remember when my daughter Lucy was two, she would scream “MILK!” from her chair like an irate tyrant.  I quickly realized that was not the right way to communicate. …

Taking Respite As A Mom

My two daughters and I recently attended a Mother/Daughter Conference at Pine Cove Camp in Tyler, TX. After a grueling 7-hour trip due to standstill traffic and detours, we arrived…

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