intentional parenting

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…

What’s in a MOM: How do we do the mommy balancing act?

“The juggler in the circus,” “A stay-at-home mom in the business of raising successful children,” “COM (Chief Operations Manager),” and my favorite, “Your Majesty.” The above resulted when I asked…

Listen to Your Kids So They Will Talk to You

“Mama, look!” “Mama, watch this!” “Mama, why is the sky blue?” “Mama”… followed by a five minute narrative about favorite cartoon characters, movies, or toys. “Mama, why does that lady…

Implement 4 Boundaries To Prioritize Your Family

“What can I get for you this morning?” the young man asked. I walked up to the counter and ordered my usual  Americano with cream – extra hot. We exchanged…

Winning the Cultural War in Our Homes

I recently heard a minister on the radio say that as Christians, we should live our lives like we’re on a war ship, not a cruise ship! The analogy resonated…

Are Special Needs Real?

“There’s no such thing as special needs children. All children are special, and they all have needs.” I stared at the screen, re-reading the statement above in an online forum….

Launching Our Children Like Arrows

This past fall a photo stream of parents dropping their kids off at college filled my social media newsfeeds. Proud, teary eyed parents, beaming teenagers, decked out dorm rooms, and…

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