Grandchildren

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…

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…

Cousins Reading Club

“I’m bored!” The dreaded words our four children would cry out every summer several weeks after the close of another school year. I knew that unless there were plans and…

Mean Girls

“Nobody wants to play with me.” “She won’t be my friend.” My heart was broken on hearing these words from my teary-eyed granddaughter. She felt dejected. The old nursery rhyme,…

Handling the Holidays During Loss or Grief

October through December can be an excruciating time of year for those who have experienced a loss. In addition to the death of a loved one, divorce, illness, family trauma,…

12 Ways to Help Your Children Honor Veterans

As a mom, I never thought much about Veteran’s Day until after I’d started interviewing World War II veterans for a novel I was writing. Yet as November neared I…

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