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

Helicopter Parenting (The Good Kind)

(Inside: Why ordinary parenting has a significant impact on kids.)   I raised my head in anticipation as the hum of the helicopter grew louder. Back and forth it rocked. I knew the pilot, my dad, was saying hello from the sky. It’s one of my best childhood memories.    It’s true.   Except it’s Read More

Get Your Kids Out The Door Happy And On Time With THIS

(Inside: A parenting hack to eliminate the before school chaos.)   The terrible-horrible-very-bad-worst part of our morning is when I announce “Time to go!”   We all simultaneously lose our brain cells. One kid can’t find his shoe, the other his homework, and the third decides to take a firm stance against why kids have Read More

When You Doubt Your Sons Learn Your Life Lessons

(Inside: Do you wonder how to get your kids to listen? Momma, you are doing a better job than you think you are! Let me convince you…)   How to Get My Kids to Listen “I don’t get it. What does chivalry mean?” My 9-year-old son asked me from the back seat of our van. Read More

One Thing Every Middle School Parent Should Know

(Inside: Prepare your child for middle school. This one thing will help parents and children thrive during the middle school years.)   When I was in middle school, my mom came and sat next to me for two class periods to, ahem, “encourage” me to behave. I didn’t deal well with the big emotions of those transition years 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

Why Alone Time For You Is Good For Your Kids

I spent the morning at middle school orientation with my oldest son and I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE IT. How is middle school upon us already? Yesterday, he slept in a crib, ate baby food, and refused to independently put on his shoes. I need a moment to digest this. So, when we got home, I Read More

Parenting Struggles {Noticing Hope}

(Inside: How you can tell your kids DO listen to you even in the struggle.)     My two older sons were at ski club and they overheard a boy talking about how he was hungry for dinner but didn’t have any money. So they took the money I gave them and divided it three Read More

How You Unknowingly Made a Huge Impact Today

(Inside: Let knowing the positive influence you make strengthen you as a mom.)     Work wasn’t as productive as I wished, dinner was pizza (again), and I got an email from my son’s teacher that he needed to retake his math test because of the low score. (Note: My son is a math teacher’s Read More

What I Told My Son About Girls

(Inside: Advice about girls for your son and conversation starter ideas.)    “What did you do today at recess?” I asked my eight-year-old son.   “Played girl-chase-boy…” – he paused before continuing – “…except a girl never chased me.” My son looked down at his feet, shrugged his shoulders and muttered, “So I went off and Read More

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