Parenting

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…

Words That Soothe

A few years ago I had an interesting conversation with my youngest daughter.  It truly isn’t unusual for us to have these scratch your head kind of conversations. She is…

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…

Cherish Motherhood – A Tribute

The concept of “motherhood at all costs”…what one friend taught me about cherishing motherhood. Autumn grew up as the only child of a stay-at-home mom and father with a successful…

A Reminder To Live With Gratitude

What if there was a vitamin you could pop into your mouth to instantly make you feel better?  It would be a bestseller, right?  I propose such a vitamin exists…

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…

Waiting Until Your Kids Go to Sleep is Not a Good Sex Strategy for Your Marriage: Ask Dr. Jennifer

Dear Dr. Jennifer, When the kids were preschoolers, setting them up with a video and a snack bought my husband and I some time to escape to the bedroom. Now…

Why It’s Important to Be Friends With All Types of People

Last week my friend from the Czech Republic was in town. My kids and I went to lunch with her, and we visited an alligator farm. (Yes, there is such…

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…

Being The “Different Mom”

I sat poolside among a few other moms, our bare feet dangling in the water. The hot sun beat down on the pavement as we chatted and kept tabs on…

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