October 19, 2018

By guest blogger, Deborah Hackett My almost 12-year-old is preparing for her fourth move, and it’ll be number three for my 10-year-old. My girls are lucky. We are a military family and have friends who’ve relocated twice that many times in the same number of years. When we moved to the East Coast, we added further uncertainty because the length of our stay was adjusted twice. On top of that, my children are used to knowing there’s a move coming… Read more

October 15, 2018

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Sherry Kyle on my podcast, You’ve Got This. Moms can feel really disconnected from other women, whether they stay home with the kids, work from home or work outside the home. Being a mom today can be rather lonely. “I think it’s partly because social media is great for a quick contact but it’s not great for that deeper connection,” said Sherry Kyle, who writes books for tween girls, including the… Read more

October 12, 2018

Let’s stop the criticism and focus on offering moms we come into contact with encouragement and help instead. In this week’s video blog, I discuss how all too often we as mothers criticize rather than build up our fellow moms. I also challenge you to look for ways to offer a word of encouragement to the moms you come in contact with—or to provide assistance to them in the moment. Something as simple as a smile and “May I return… Read more

October 8, 2018

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Courtney Messick on my podcast, “You’ve Got This.” When my younger daughter was in second or third grade, she went through a rough patch with a close friend—it ended up being so rough, that I separated the girls for a month. While that has since sorted itself out (my daughter and this friend are thick as thieves now), it was a rather rocky time for my daughter. “I think as parents,… Read more

October 5, 2018

For today’s new parents, the first time their precious little angel screws up her face and lets out a wail to rival an opera singer can be extremely discombobulating. Most of the time, the mother frantically tries to figure out why her darling is screaming and flailing about like a fish out of water. The father attempts to reason with the shrieker, only to find himself thoroughly rebuffed. Finally, one parent figures out that the child wants something and usually… Read more

October 1, 2018

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Elizabeth Spencer on my podcast, You’ve Got This. When you have teenagers and girls, you get sympathetic glances. I get it. People think teenage girls are drama machines. And while there is a certain amount of drama involved with ninth and tenth grade girls, there’s also a lot of joy. More joy than I thought possible. This summer, I took my daughters and one of their friends to New York City… Read more

September 28, 2018

With the school year back in full swing, parents are starting to see their children’s grades, especially for their middle and high school students. With teachers sending home grades weekly, it’s tempting to become over-involved in your children’s academic success or failure. In this week’s video blog, I encourage parents to remember whose grades those are—the child’s, not the parent’s. Grades are just a letter, and yes, high school grades carry a little more weight, but to overly focus on… Read more

September 24, 2018

The labeling of parenting styles has gotten a little out of hand lately. Are you a lawnmower or snowplow parent? Attachment or helicopter? Tiger or free-range? What I want to know is what happened to just being plain old mom or dad? Last week, a USA Today article printed a primer on parent labels. But not to worry if you see yourself exhibiting any of these tendencies—I offer a solution to overcoming the urge to get rid of obstacles, hover… Read more

September 21, 2018

All too often, private schools “criminalize” normal kid behavior by putting too rigid expectations on too young a child. Kids, particularly boys, mature at a slower rate, and therefore have trouble sitting still for long periods of time in a classroom setting. In this week’s video blog, I talk about what parents can do to help their young pupils in those settings. To connect with me and read more about raising kids, visit my NEW website: www.sarahhamaker.com.   Read more

September 17, 2018

By Dianne Barker, guest blogger Do you have a strong-willed child? The Lord gifted our home with one. From birth, our daughter, Leanne, had a mind of her own. She screamed when hungry and demanded to be fed now…no bouncing, patting, or silencing her with a pacifier. Almost as soon as she began talking, she reacted to instruction with an alternate plan. And she sounded so reasonable, I didn’t recognize sass until she turned 13. Praying for wisdom, I’d cry… Read more

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