Parenting

Prom Dress Survival Skills

One down. One to go. Both of my girls need prom dresses this year. (Can you say double-trouble?) Now, let me be clear. I like a good girl-day of shopping…

Being a Woman of Commitment

In high school, I took exactly one “shop” class to fill some gap in my schedule and get a break from more difficult classes. I signed up expecting little homework…

Questions To Ask And 24 Specific Guidelines For Your Daughter’s Boyfriend

When your kids are little, it’s hard to imagine them dating someday. I used to tell my daughter that she could start dating after she got married. 😉 But despite…

Best Mom Award Goes to … (Not Me)

“Mommy! Today was funny hat day! We didn’t wear hats! You forgot the hats!” That’s how my kindergartner and first grader greeted me after school on funny hat day. And…

8 Ways to Be a Better Mom to Young Children

Make your relationship with the Lord your number one priority. If you’re too busy for God, you’re just plain too busy. Make time for the most important things. You won’t…

Angry Mom: Getting to the Roots of My Outbursts

Dinner was late. In fact, dinner was still a mystery, even to me, and I was cooking. In the kitchen, I surveyed Mt. Dirty Dishes and wondered if I needed…

Keeping the “Little” in My Girl

For generations, grandmothers have been admonishing young mothers to, “Enjoy this time! They grow up so fast!  They’ll be grown and gone before you know it!” While it was hard to imagine…

Implement 4 Boundaries To Prioritize Your Family

“What can I get for you this morning?” the young man asked. I walked up to the counter and ordered my usual  Americano with cream – extra hot. We exchanged…

Don’t Freak Out: How to Respond Wisely to Your Teen and Young Adult’s Choices and Opinions

Dear Dr. Degler, What is up with my 18-year-old child? She’s a good kid overall but she is making choices that upset me, like saying she isn’t sure if the…

Give Your Kids this Keepsake

“Debbie, be sure you write down the cute things Taylor and Lauren say and do.” I remember my mother’s advice like it was yesterday although it was 33 years ago….

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