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

Emotions are powerful, and to children, emotions can seem to be all-powerful. All too often, we view emotions as negative, simply because most emotions that spill over into family life have negative undertones, such as anger, jealously, rage, envy, strife, division and unkindness. But emotions can be a positive force in the family—laughter, joy, sharing and love. What we should strive for as parents is to strike a balance between promoting the positive emotions and being proactive in restraining the… Read more

We all want our children to behave, but often we forget to give them the tools to help them to behave. These aren’t magic bullets, but instead ways to build that internal motivation within our kids so that they will be more likely to do the right thing over doing the wrong thing. In this video blog, I discuss how to use visioning to help our kids change and how to use the three C’s. Visioning inspires a child to… Read more

In last week’s blog, we talked about how to help toddlers, preschoolers and younger elementary school age kids develop self-reliance. This week, we’ll focus on how to guide tweens and teens. While some of the same principles apply to all ages, kids age 10 and up have more challenges—and more capabilities—than the younger set. Before we get to specifics, let’s look a little bit about why so many tweens and teens are not self-reliant. “In a world filled with instant… Read more

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