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

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

(Inside: Alone time for moms is not just good for mothers, it’s also great for their kids. These empowering reasons will help moms better enjoy their refueling time.) 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 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

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