Parents, Help Your Kids Thrive in School by Asking these 4 Questions

(Inside: Do you want to help your kid thrive in school? These four questions will help your child find success and enjoy his or her educational journey.)     I scanned the array of graduation photos spread out in front of me. Geez, it’s been years since I’ve taught these amazing kiddos in high school.     I picked up a Read More

146+ Best Chapter Books for Tweens that will also Build Character

(Inside: 146+ best chapter books your tweens will love that will also help them develop positive character qualities. For late-elementary/middle school age kids.)   “My mom always tells me that people in third world countries are starving and I should appreciate what I have,” my 12-year-old son wrote. “But I just didn’t get it. We Read More

How to Teach Your Kids to be Consistently Kind

(Inside: How to teach your kids to be kind even when they don’t feel like it.)   Cleaning up the mess of our over $1500 in credit card theft had me edgy. Then I went to quit the gym. Which apparently is like telling membership services gravity is ending: What!?! The gym needs you! The pools open soon! And to quit – see that 500-pound weight that man twice your size is bench pressing? You do it Read More

A Lesson to Increase You & Your Kids’ Happiness

  (Inside: A simple family activity that will help you and your kids be happier.)   “Mom, I hid in the bathroom because I was scared my teacher would make me read my paragraph in front of the whole class,” my son whispered in the safety of the dimly lit room as I tucked him Read More

One Way to Learn How Your Kids Feel Loved

(Inside: Create family-connection by learning how you and your family members feel loved.) You dropped one kid off at voice lessons, picked another up from swim team and the third you wrangled through homework with a few tears…from you. Do you get stuck in the busyness of life and occasionally find yourself wondering: Do I Read More

One Easy Way to Get to Know Your Kid

(Inside: Do we take advantage of the moments life gives us to get to know our children?) Clean socks dwindled, food became scarce, and the house turned into a wretched state – there was so much to accomplish. But I had a blessed day at home to catch up and plow through my to-do list Read More

My Huffington Post Article (18 Hours Later and I Felt Braver – For Moms)

Here’s my most recent Huffington Post article. It still seems surreal that I get to publish over there. Crazy mad dream come true. What is your dream? What keeps you up at night as you think: Maybe I COULD do this? What has God placed on your heart to try? I say go for it. Read More

What Parenting Elementary Age Kids Can Look Like

(Inside: Better enjoy the parenting phase you are in. Why elementary-school-age is a great age to parent.)   My sister-in-law relaxed in a blown up lounger gently floating on top of the swimming pool. My 9-month-old’s legs dangled from my hip into the water he gently kicked and splashed.  As a new mom, I was Read More

Do You Need to Just Simplify Parenting?

(Inside: If all there is to do in parenting is overwhelming you, put away your to-do list and instead reach for one goal.)   “You have boys!” A woman walked towards me, smiling a welcome as we visited a new church. “Our church needs more boys. My son would love friends who are boys to Read More

How to Find the Joy in Your Christmas Season

(Inside: How to find the joy in your Christmas season.)   It doesn’t matter how many broken ornaments we pull out of the box reminding us of our inferior packing abilities. And it doesn’t matter if the Christmas lights work or not. It makes no difference how many times my boys get distracted and wrestle or Read More

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