August 23, 2019

I stayed home from school the day Dwayne* left our home. As a young teen, I had fallen in love with the baby, who arrived at our house only a few days old. His soft brown hair and big blue eyes had captured my heart over the months we cared for him. No one had told me it would be this hard to let him go, even though he was going for a forever home with his new adoptive parents…. Read more

August 19, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Loyla Louvis on my podcast, “You’ve Got This.” Loyla is dedicated to eliminating frustration in the parenting journey by customizing solutions to fit the uniqueness of each child within the family so that a mom can better enjoy the day-to-day of life. Loyla is triple certified with the American Association of Christian Counselors and founder of Mothers In Training based out of Montclair, N.J. She conducts one-to-one sessions, provides workshops, parenting… Read more

August 16, 2019

Did we really need a study to tell us that kids crave more bonding time with their families? Probably not, but the statistics uncovered by OnePoll in a Red Robin (yes, the burger chain) commissioned study found that 73% of American kids would like more opportunities to bond with their family. Parents also want more time with the kids, with 70% saying they don’t spend enough quality time together. What’s even more helpful, the survey also asked what activities children… Read more

August 12, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Elizabeth Behrens on my podcast, “You’ve Got This.” Elizabeth is originally from Iowa, but now lives in Kansas City with her husband and four children. She has a job she loves as ambassador, educator and engagement coordinator for Be the Bridge, a non-profit organization founded by Latasha Morrison. Be the Bridge equips people to increase racial literacy and work toward racial reconciliation. Her work with Be the Bridge allows her to… Read more

August 9, 2019

By guest blogger Terri Reed When my kids were little, summers were about having fun, staying up later than during the school year, sleeping in and staying active the rest of the day. But about halfway through summer, when we would receive the list of supplies for their classes, I would start to dread that first few weeks of school. I knew what a struggle it would be for the kids, and me, to adjust to a new school year… Read more

August 5, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my podcast, “You’ve Got This.” Have you ever thought about parenting as seasonal? At times, you may feel you’re making little progress in raising your kids, so it can help if you think of child-rearing as fitting into four distinct seasons. Season One is the Season of Service, which is from birth to age 2. This is the season where the mother orbits around the child. This is the exhausting season! You often operate… Read more

August 2, 2019

The desire for a peaceful, calm house isn’t wrong, but many times parents try to achieve it at all costs. In this video, I give parents two simple ways they can help their kids achieve peace, plus how our example to our kids can guide them toward desiring a peaceful home. Read more

July 29, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Kathlena The Allergy Chef on my podcast, “You’ve Got This.” Kathlena The Allergy Chef has more than 200 food allergies and intolerances. Several of her allergies are life-threatening. She has a handful of safe foods to eat, and one source of safe water. Additionally, most of the members of her household also have food allergies and special diets, none of them the same. After being given 30 days to live, she… Read more

July 26, 2019

The benefits of self-control, while timeless in nature, have fallen out of favor in today’s ultra-busy, ultra-competitive environment. This video gives numerous ways to help your kids develop mastery of themselves.   Read more

July 22, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with David Cary on my podcast, You’ve Got This. David, his wife, Valerie, and their son, Trenton, have two decades of pediatric hospital experience from the standpoint of the “customer.” Trenton received a heart transplant just before his first birthday; he was diagnosed with cancer during his senior year of high school; and he had a second heart transplant while in college. Over those years, David and his family learned to navigate… Read more

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