Tweens & Teens

When Your Child Says, “There’s Nothing to Do”

It’s enough to drive us parents crazy, especially when we’ve just come through Christmas and the kids have presents galore, have been entertained nonstop by others, and have enjoyed many special events in…

Joy in the Moments of Single Motherhood

This morning I enjoyed listening to several women share about how much they are blessed by being grandmas. One lady expressed how she felt it was her opportunity to make…

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…

Ten Tips for Raising Kids Who Don’t Rebel

While there is no fail-proof recipe for raising kids who don’t rebel, here are 10 tips for parenting in a manner that encourages mutual respect, emotional attunement, and healthy boundaries….

Mamas, Help Your Boys Grow Into Men

This past summer I spent a few days with my 15-year-old son, my sister, and her kids at our family cabin at the lake. While my sister and I were…

Helping Kids Understand, Recognize, and Face Temptation

A tearful friend recently shared about her child’s struggle with an issue. Her face fell as she relayed how her child had succumbed to temptation. My heart broke for the…

College Freshman Warning

If you read the title of this post and got here quick to see what calamity might befall your precious college freshman, the warning is for you not your child!…

Public School vs. Home School

It’s back to school season! For some kids, this means waking up early, catching the bus, and heading to a classroom full of friends and peers. For others, it means…

The Right Kind of Aggressive Girl For My Boy

“Mom!” Lexi was about to tattle. I could hear it in her little voice. “There are girls at school who are touching Robby’s head and calling him ‘Velvet.’” Her tone…

Praying With And Talking To Your Kids

In the early days when my girls were in preschool and kindergarten, endless car rides loomed in front of us. Day after day, we repeated the same routine on the…

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