I have a confession: I can laser focus on the negative and overlook the positive. At times, in my heart of hearts, I’m accentuating the negative and zooming in on the impossibilities. When it comes to my kids, that means I can easily slip into an overly critical mode, hyper-focused on what the child is doing wrong rather than being supportive to help the child do right. This can include worrying more about outward compliance than nurturing a child’s inward… Read more

When a child feels slighted or cheated out of things, it can be difficult for a parent to know how to respond. In this week’s video blog, I address concrete things parents can do both to stop the complaining and to help the child reorient his or her heart. Join me and other parent coaches during a free Facebook party on Friday, April 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time to discuss transitions and any issues you face… Read more

Author Jamie Sumner encourages women to find freedom from the often unrealistic expectations of motherhood in her new book, Unbound. Women, especially Christian women, don’t talk enough about the reality of motherhood—the enormous struggles it often takes to get there, the loneliness of being a mom, the unspoken or unmet expectations that come from parenting. Blogger and special-needs mom Jamie Sumner gets that, and she recently shared with me her thoughts about being a mom and her new book, Unbound:… Read more

We often make our lives as parents harder than it needs to be. In this week’s video blog, I offer five simple ways to make your life as a parent easier. I’ll talk about developing a parental vision, encouraging independence in our kids, disconnecting from technology to connect with our kids, why we should stop playing “Parent Detective,” and how to use Alpha Speech to cut down on arguments.   Join me and other parent coaches during a free Facebook… Read more

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As Christian parents, we often struggle when our kids show an unrepentant heart. After all, we’re doing our part to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (see Ephesians 6:4). But the questions that keep us awake at night, the questions that tear at our heart, the questions we sometimes don’t dare to utter to other believers center around having a child who refuses to repent of his or her sin. What can we as parents do… Read more

Today’s teens are more stressed than ever, and much of that anxiety can be attributed to school. “Teens routinely say that their school-year stress levels are far higher than they think is healthy and their average reported stress exceeds that of adults,” according to a 2017 survey by the American Psychological Association, The Hill reported last January. At 83 percent, school topped the list of common reported stress sources, with college/life after high school coming in at 69 percent, and… Read more

As Christian women, we have many callings: wife, mother, housekeeper, errand runner, chef, accountant, chauffeur, nurse, laundress, etc. Whether we stay home with our kids or head off to work, the duties related to childcare, housework and errands, can be all-consuming. Some days, we feel like we spend the entire day doing—but can’t recall exactly what we accomplished. If that’s you, you might have lost your sense of identity underneath the hands-on mothering required by children. In this week’s video… Read more

My introversion nearly held me back in school. As a child, I was what we used to call “shy”—I could answer questions (but only raised my hand when I knew I knew the answer). I actually had no trouble preforming in front of a crowd, like in a school or church play, for example. However, I was petrified of getting up in front of my class and saying anything. When my third grade teacher at the beginning of the year… Read more

In this week’s video, I talk about the importance of moms letting dads be in charge—complete charge—of the kids as a regular occurrence. We need to support and encourage fathers to be every bit as essential to our children’s well-being and upbringing as we are as moms. My go-to bit of advice at baby showers has nothing to do with how to diaper or feed a baby, or how to coax a baby to sleep, or any of the general… Read more

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