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Internet and Gaming Addiction

I talked to some moms recently who have dealt with a child who was addicted to internet video gaming. This is a serious problem in these families, and impacts relationships…

The Little Stuff Just Doesn’t Matter Anymore

On December 14, the little stuff just didn’t matter to me anymore. The whining. The fussing. The nagging. Not sharing. All of the “toddler stuff” that would wreck my nerves…

Bonding With My Daughter

I’m not a big gardener, but I grew up watching a vital truth unfold as my mother poured effort into her garden day after day, seeing no visible results at…

Surprising Lessons from Jury Duty: God Makes a Way to be a Mom

I must confess to a not-so-generous reaction when I was summoned for jury duty recently. Sadly, my thought process was not, “Oh, good, I have always strongly supported the notion…

Got Wisdom?

As believers we are called to love God and love others. We accomplish this by seeking after God with all our hearts and leaning not on our own understanding. One…

All I Want For Christmas Is You

I am a straight up Scrooge until Black Friday. Can’t stand the site of a Christmas tree until then, and I gasp if anyone plays Christmas music. (Anyone?) Not this…

Help! I Feel Like I’m Ruining My Kids.

“I’m the worst mother in the world. I think I’m ruining my kids,” I exclaimed as tears began to cloud my vision. Once again “Miz Edith,” my elderly next-door neighbor,…

What Did She Say?

“God wouldn’t send anyone to hell; He’s loving. That’s what my friends say.” I couldn’t believe she had just said that. My biggest fear had just spilled out of my…

Serve Them Breakfast in Bed!

One of my kid’s friends had come over to spend the night. I am always happy to have their friends for as long as they want to be here, but…

Two Thoughts to Avoid

At each season of my life I’ve found myself falling into two traps–mental traps–which are not helpful. One is the “what if” syndrome and the other is the “if only”…

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