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

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

An Inexpensive Meaningful Valentine’s gift that Family will Love (Plus, Happy Valentine’s Day From Me to You)

 Inside: (A Valentine’s Day gift that holds a lasting impact nd thanks for reading Empowered Moms and Kids – I love you!) Someday other women will hold these boys’ hearts, but TODAY… I get to be their Valentine. I hope you are feeling lots of love today. Happy Valentine’s Day!     I’m a “Words of Affirmation” Read More

parenting tweens

The Annoying Way Tweens Display Love (And Why You’ll Miss It Some Day)

(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 filled Read More

Do You Need to Just Simplify Parenting? (Collect Moments)

(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

The Best FREE Kid’s Craft Ever

(Inside: A free, simple craft to keep your kids entertained for longer than 10 minutes.)   Let me start by saying I’m not crafty. This blog is not about crafts – but it’s about empowering families and a good idea always feels empowering, so here’s a simple craft that was a huge hit in our home. Read More

See The Everyday Moments That Help You Refuel

(Inside: A simple way to refuel through everyday moments.) “Boys, do you want to watch God paint the sky?”     I needed to get out of the house.   The last ten days or so has been wretched. My husband’s work consumed him leaving me home along with our three boys and the stomach flu Read More

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