July 5, 2019

Parents have been picking favorites from among their children since time began—to disastrous consequences. Patterns of favoritism can become ingrained in the family fabric, but the fluidity of family life may help to balance out those preferences. In this video, let’s examine in detail some of the ways we can put the lid on preferences in our families. Read more

June 28, 2019

Sibling competition has been around as long as there have been siblings. Competition often begins as soon as a new sibling arrives at the home. However, not all competition between siblings is unhealthy. All parents have the urge to put our children into neat little boxes—the smart one, the funny one, the creative one, or the athletic one. Even if we never consciously say the words aloud, these labels often are heard and understood by our children loud and clear…. Read more

June 24, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Alexandra Fung on my podcast, You’ve Got This. Alexandra is the co-founder and CEO of Upparent.com, a website that makes it easy for parents to discover and share recommendations with one another about local things to do, places to go and products to try as a family, including volunteer opportunities. Family and community have long been central to Alex’s life. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame and NYU School… Read more

June 14, 2019

Acts of charity should be frequent in our homes, but in reality our children rarely perform such magnanimous deeds for each other. Why do our kids treat one another with meanness instead of kindness, with a shove rather than a helping hand, and with harsh words instead of a sweet spirit? Because of their own sinful hearts, yes, but also because we have failed to instill in them how to truly love one another. If you think well of someone,… Read more

June 10, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Melissa Henson on my podcast, You’ve Got This. Melissa is program director for the Parents Television Council, a nonpartisan education organization advocating for responsible entertainment. She is a noted expert on entertainment industry trends and the how the impact of entertainment affects children and the American popular culture at large. She also directs the organization’s Advertiser Accountability Campaign, which encourages companies to sponsor family-friendly entertainment. Melissa previously supervised the research and… Read more

June 7, 2019

By Sarah Hamaker A couple of months ago, Naomi, my 16-year-old, high school sophomore, just got her first job—scooping ice cream at a local independent ice cream parlor. She’s already realized working is hard, well, work, but she likes her co-workers and has big plans for her paychecks, including saving for the future and giving to charity. While a couple of her friends also have part-time jobs, most of her fellow high schoolers seem to have little interest in regular,… Read more

June 3, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my podcast, “You’ve Got This.” I don’t clean my house anymore. No, I don’t live in a pigsty with massive dust bunnies creeping out from under my furniture. Instead, my four children do the lion’s share of the housecleaning these days, and it’s wonderful. Not that everything’s perfectly cleaned, but every week, the bathrooms and kitchen are wiped down. The floors are vacuumed and mopped. The grass is mowed, and the weeds are pulled…. Read more

May 31, 2019

Why should parents care that their children are fighting? In this video, I talk about how being pleasant and kind to one another has a more far-reaching significance than peace at that moment. Children who learn to resolve conflict within a family through interactions with brothers and sisters have an advantage when they encounter discord outside of the home. That also points to the most important reason why parents should assist their children in moving from sibling rivals to friends:… Read more

May 27, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Dr. Kathy Koch on my podcast, You’ve Got This. Dr. Kathy is the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., a Christian ministry based in Fort Worth, Texas. She is an internationally celebrated speaker and popular radio guest who has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, workshops, seminars, assemblies, and other events. Her latest book is Start with the Heart: How to Motivate Your… Read more

May 24, 2019

By guest blogger Linda Wood Rondeau On most holiday family get-togethers, the Green Stuff makes an appearance. This is what my children called my mother’s pistachio pudding mix that featured marshmallows and pineapple chunks in creamy pistachio pudding. This was my mother’s contribution to family dinners and my children’s favorite. My mother passed away more than a decade ago, but my children love to revisit those fond memories. Our grandchildren were young when my mother left this earth. The presence… Read more

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