Parenting

There’s No Such Thing as Just a Mom

I’m a nurse. I’m an accountant. I work in real estate. Around the room, women introduced themselves to our new small group. A tender-hearted woman with dark, sincere eyes stated her name and added, “I’m just a mom.” Her gaze shifted to the floor as if she belonged on the bottom rung of whatever ladder these introductions created. I wanted to stop everything, draw [Read more...]

5 Ways to Make Proverbs Come Alive for Your Kids

“Mama, will you read Proverbs to us?” my daughter sweetly asked as she climbed onto her top bunk. We are working our way through Proverbs, one chapter at a time. I was oh-so-tired, but how do you refuse a child’s request for wisdom? So, I read the next chapter which included this passage: Mean-spirited slander is heartless; quiet discretion accompanies good sense. A gadabout [Read more...]

Help! My Christian Kid Wants to Listen to Pop Music

We missed Miley’s rise and fall. We narrowly escaped Bieber Fever. My kids didn’t become Swifties or Directioners. Then, it finally happened. My middle schooler became a victim of pop music fandom for the first time. Our family keeps the radio tuned to our local Christian music station; we aren’t exposed to much pop music. My kids hear the latest songs at school and while [Read more...]

5 Ways to Send Scripture to School with Your Kids

In two landmark decisions in the early sixties, the Supreme Court declared school-sponsored prayer and Bible readings unconstitutional. For over fifty years, Christian parents have engaged in a battle to get the Bible in school. The issue cycles through the news and we get riled up. Sadly, these events come and go with little change in policy. See You at the Pole and Bring Your Bible to School [Read more...]

10 Things to Do When Mama Needs a Time Out

Do you ever felt like your mommy head might explode? Be it a colicky baby, a mischievous middle child, or a sassy-mouthed teen, sometimes our kids push us to the limit. Add the housework, responsibilities outside the home, and the fatigue inherent with motherhood, and we moms can be a ticking time bomb. Let’s face it, girls. Sometimes mama needs a time out. Whether you have three minutes or [Read more...]

Give Your Kids a Morning Makeover

I love a good makeover show. A couple buys a run-down house with good “bones.” They gawk at the paneling and turn up their noses at the overgrown yard. The keys to the house go to a capable team of contractors and designers. By the end of the show, the couple stands slack-jawed during the big reveal of their new, old house. Changes that might take a do-it-yourself couple years to undertake [Read more...]

How to Find Your Summer Break Sanity

Can summer break be over? It’s kids all day, every day. (Teachers, how do you even deal?) I start each day with an awesome and ambitious list of all the things I plan to accomplish. I put off my shower in hopes I can go for a run. I end up missing my run because getting a two-year-old and twelve-year-old out the door is like wrangling two skittish squirrels into a coffee can. I spend the [Read more...]

4 Ways to Help Your Kids Develop a Healthy Lifestyle

I remember the year healthy living entered my awareness.  My junior year of high school, I found a lost pair of jeans and could not figure out how they shrunk while missing. I also noticed mysterious pink lines on my thighs. I experienced an adolescent triple threat: I stopped growing, I no longer had to take gym class at school, and with my new independent mobility in the form of a driver’s [Read more...]

9 Books to Prepare You and Your Child for Middle School

My family embarked on the middle school adventure last year with some trepidation. We were already riding the emotional roller coaster of adolescence at home. I feared the prospect of adding middle school drama into the mix. Memories of my own sixth-grade awkwardness, self-doubt, and tumultuous friendships fed my apprehensions. My go-to anecdote for fear is knowledge. Instead of allowing myself [Read more...]