Why Crazy-Mama-Knows-Best Moments Work

(Inside: A story to show why crazy-mama-knows-best moments work.)   This weekend, we headed out of town to visit friends.   Packing for a trip involves me being a perfectionist. (Meaning, I drive myself and everyone else a little crazy.) I needed this trip to be relaxing, so I decided…no stress, including packing stress…   Read More

my kid hates to read

Why I’m NOT Freaking Out that My Kid Has Low Reading Scores

(Inside: My kid doesn’t want to read. Encouragement for parents and practical steps to take when your kid doesn’t want to read.)   My Child Doesn’t Want to Read My oldest son cried every day for 2 years about it. Every day. It was horrific. I started to dread it… …the 20 minutes every day Read More

Parenting is Hard: A Powerful Mindset to Help Moms Thrive

(Inside: Help to handle life’s frustrations.) I had an “aha” moment about life at work. I teach challenging high school students. These kids carry so much outside baggage; when they tell me their stories, I’m overwhelmed for them.   For my continuing education, I’ve been reading book-after-book on updated teaching strategies. The books are brimming 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

Help Your Children Daily See and Feel What it Means to be a Child of God {Valued and Loved}

(Inside: Free Devotions for Kids eBook that will help you teach your children what it means to be a child of God – so valued and loved. Help your kids see God and feel God every single day. Help your family see and feel God’s love in the ordinary.)     “Freckle Face,” an older Read More

Cute Photo Ideas Using Superhero Halloween Costumes.

(Cute photo ideas for boys and superhero costumes.)   My three boys – in all their superhero glory –  are one of the featured costumes over at Simple Moments Stick. The pictures are from just two years ago, but oh how they look so young!  Slow down, time.   I found a great picture floating around the Read More

Teach Your Kids to Give Using the Once-a-Month Strategy (Conclusion)

(Inside: Teach your kids to give from the heart using the once-a-month strategy.)   I didn’t want our family’s Once-a-Month journey of daily showing God’s love in tangible ways to be the parents’ journey – I wanted my kids to be ALL IN too.    This month, we encouraged our kids to listen to their Read More

Teach Your Kids to Give Using the Once-a-Month Strategy (August)

(Inside: How to teach your kids to give from the heart using the once-a-month giving strategy.)  I didn’t want to give this month. Our leaky bathroom stole all our money and now giving is dead to me. This once-a-month journey to better share God’s love by giving and serving others more – dumb idea.  (If Read More

Why Your Kids’ Weaknesses are also Strengths

(Inside: Why what you see as your child’s weakness, just might turn out to be his/her strength.)   Do you ever get frustrated with parenting?  Then you let someone make you feel even worse?   I’d recorded a television show that boasted a new revolutionary way to parent.  Me – Me – I’m totally in! I’m in need Read More

Teach Your Kids to Give Using the Once-a-Month Strategy (July)

(Inside: How to teach your kids to give from the heart using the once-a-month giving strategy.)    This month my friend was running a half-marathon and to raise money to provide clean water for people in Africa. Her kids and mine are friends, so when I told my boys what their friend’s mom was doing we were totally in for contributing and praying for her. She Read More

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