Grandchildren

Generosity — The Cure for the Gimmes

The Importance of Building Character Part IV – Generosity: The cure for the “gimmes” There’s a super villain that shows up this time of year. I call him the Green-Eyed…

8 Tips for Getting Grandparents to Respect Your Parenting Decisions: Ask Dr. Degler

Q: What can I do to get my parents (my daughter’s grandparents) to respect and abide by my parenting methods when they spend time with my child? We have a…

Grandma’s Gift

Three years ago Grandma left this life at the age of 95. Some days I still feel the loss deeply, but I still have her gifts. When I was 2,…

Holidays with Parents and In-laws: Let It Be Good

You’re into preparation mode-shopping, cooking, invitations, fundraisers, junk mail, Christmas cards, special parties. And this is above and beyond the regular stuff on your plate–sports teams, concerts, work deadlines, homework…

How Can I Teach My Son to Be a Leader?

In the book of Judges, we see that the Lord raised up judges. These judges were men that God called, He gave them His spirit, and qualified them for the…

2 Words to Power Up Your Parenting: “Yes, After”

“Pick up your toys. Who left this glass on the coffee table? Hang up your jacket. No, not now.”  Do you ever feel like a parrot; repeating the same words…

Teaching Our Kids The Importance Of A Lifelong Marriage

Recently my 80-year-old grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends, and loved ones celebrated with a reception in their honor. In the days leading up…

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…

6 Hot Tips for a Successful Family Reunion

Exhausting, exhilarating, bonding, hysterical and oh yeah, did I mention exhausting?? Yes! We just had our annual “Yates Family Reunion.” We have 5 kids, all married and 21 grandchildren- 14…

The Things This Stepmom Did Right

Recently, my husband and I attended his son’s 40th birthday party. It’s hard to believe he was 11 when Steve and I married. Now he is grown up, with a…

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