intentional parenting

Family Love to Quarantine Helpers

The coronavirus leaves us all considering the unknown and “what if’s” and that kind of thinking can spin a “mom-mind” into places you don’t want it to go.  Little eyes…

Is Engagement With Children Extinct?

It is odd that a simple “life scene” that played out before my eyes in a doctor’s office waiting room would leave me near tears. As I entered the waiting…

Keeping Christmas Fresh

As I walked through the airport, I was surprised to see my gate decorated with several flags.  There were glass cases along the walls filled with all sorts of medals…

Our Family Advent Calendar Tradition

When my children were younger, I wanted to find some ways to celebrate Christmas with an emphasis on spending quality time together as a family, particularly during their Christmas break….

Margins Bless and Reduce Family Stress

Hurrying through the house, we searched under chairs and beds for the lost shoe. “You need to be more responsible and keep up with things,” I reminded my child.  On…

30 Things to Do in November

Hooray for fall! Falling leaves … and temperatures. Football, festivals, and fabulous food with family! Here is our list of must-do activities for November. All you have to do is…

Instead of Yelling, Try Helping

Recently, I was frustrated with a few of my children who were dawdling with their room cleaning. As I walked into their still-messy room to reprimand them for being so…

Having “The Talk” With Your Daughter

There may be nothing a parent dreads more than having “the talk” with her child. You know the one – the talk where we explain the so-called birds and bees,…

Leftovers, Again?

When I was a kid I used to get so disappointed when my mom told me we were having leftovers for dinner. I don’t know why, but for some reason…

Summer’s Coming: “Yikes” or “Yay”?

My friend Sarah is in a panic. Pre-school isn’t even out yet and she’s already anxious about how she’s going to get through each day during the summer with three…

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