Moms of School Age Children

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,…

Where Are You Running?

Sometimes it seems like motherhood is a track-and-field event. We chase kids. We hurtle the conflicts life throws at us. We shot-put our bad attitudes out of our day (or…

Swimming Lessons

My youngest son does not have much fear.  He’s a leap before you look kind of guy.  When he was 2 years old and my oldest son was 4, I…

8 Practical Ways to Parent with Grace

“You look festive!” My friend looked over my golf-ball-sized silver hoops, turquoise tank, knit plum skirt. It was one of my more art teacher-ish outfits. She was right: I love…

“Surprise Ride!”

A Surprise ride Have you ever heard of a “Surprise Ride”? Here’s what you do: Moms, put your heads together with Dad (or if necessary, do it yourself). Sometime, whenever,…

Living With Uncertainty

I imagine each one of us is living with some kind of uncertainty. Uncertainty over a job application, uncertainty about what medical tests will reveal, or how to handle a…

Gathering Shells and Knitting Hearts

As I walked along the beach my eyes were continually drawn to the ocean waves lapping against the shore.  I couldn’t help grinning as the incoming waves tickled my toes…

Gaining Wisdom by Working with Teen Moms

Every Thursday night our family loads up in the car and heads to inner city Little Rock. This includes me, my husband, our homeschooled 17-year-old son, our toddler, and sometimes…

A Lesson on Compassion from Red Riding Hood

As soon as bed time approaches, little Kellus instantly runs up to mommy and daddy with his big brown eyes, ginormous smile and raised brows to ask, “Can you tell…

THE TALK … My Daughter’s Questions About …

Yesterday while getting ready for church, my daughter dropped one of  THOSE questions. “How do you keep from getting pregnant? Is that why people get divorced?” I looked in the…

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