Tweens & Teens

Knowing My Child’s “Holes”

It was last week when I put the pieces together regarding my daughter. I’d been praying for my kids one morning out of While They Are Sleeping: 12 Character Traits…

Please, Don’t Let Them Ask Me That!

“Mom, what’s pornography?” The question was posed frankly by my 10-year-old while my kids and I were about the business of dinner clean-up—rinsing dishes, popping plastic containers of leftovers closed….

Motherhood Without Regret

I wasn’t expecting a wave of emotion to overtake me as I read Kelcie’s post on MomLife Today. But here I find myself looking through blurry eyes, filled with tears…

6 Ways to Pursue Your Children’s Friends

When my children were young, I had an older mom-friend who I loved to watch as she parented her older teens and college-aged children. She really enjoyed them, and the…

Praying For Your Children

I was just dropping my then-12-year-old Lexi off at pottery class, but found myself faced with an unexpected and unsettling dilemma. Each month, the pottery studio featured an art display…

Is It Ever Okay to Tell Him He’s Not Good at Something?

“I hate spelling. I’m a bad speller.” That’s what eeked out from my son’s down-turned, sun-bleached head this week as he and I labored through the words on his spelling…

From Mommy to Mom: Navigating the Choppy Waters From Childhood to Adolescence

Once upon a time, I was a mommy. My daughter wanted me to read her just one more story, to hug her constantly, to carry her on my hip, and…

Life, Love, and Learning About Margins

I realized yesterday that I’m caught smack in the middle of every working mom’s biggest dilemma: How can you be there for your kids during an immensely important time for them…

Teaching Tomorrow’s Truths Today. Six Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Sex

My 12-year-old morphed into a driving expert this year. She doles out helpful advice and suggestions to me and other drivers on the road. Often, she informs me that I’m…

An Of-The-Moment Discussion With Your Daughters: Miss America’s Red Cup and Being Yourself

Today when your teen or pre-teen daughter gets home from school, she is probably going to be talking about Miss America’s red plastic cup. Which gives you a tremendous opportunity…

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