Children

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…

Our Children Learn What We Model

My husband, Keith, and I love babysitting our grandchildren. On one occasion I showed our two year old, Logan, how to form red Play-Doh into the shape of a smile….

5 Fun Mom Ideas for Spring

It’s here… Spring Fever is upon us! As a result, the quiet park I have been walking in over the winter is suddenly crowded with children and their parents and…

5 Thoughts That Will Help You Teach Your Daughter About Beauty

Often when I talk with moms who have young daughters, they talk about their desire to teach their precious little girls the true meaning of beauty. They want them to…

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