September 7, 2018

Being late has become a status symbol of how busy we are, but it’s not doing us any favors when it comes to stress and anxiety and our interpersonal relationships. While it’s tempting to blame our lateness on genes or traffic, the truth is that we’re late because we haven’t helped our children learn to be on time and we’re always in a hurry. In this week’s video blog, I talk about how you can train your kids—from toddlers and… Read more

September 3, 2018

Actress Melissa Joan Hart, best remembered for her starring roles in “Clarissa Explains It All” and “Sabrina The Teenage Witch,” recently spoke with me about her faith and raising three boys (ages 5, 10 and 12) with husband, Mark Wilkerson. Melissa also starred in God’s Not Dead 2, which is being re-released in a God’s Not Dead 3-pack DVD. In God’s Not Dead 2, you play a teacher whose career and Christian faith come under attack. Knowing what you believe… Read more

August 31, 2018

How do you juggle school, sports, activities, playdates, homework, chores and family dinners without losing your mind? Our kids are busier than ever, and we often let their schedule get overcrowded while becoming overwhelmed with the stress of getting them hither and yon on time. In this week’s video blog, I provide a simple foundation upon which to build your family’s schedule. You start with what every child and teen needs to grow healthy and strong: sleep and downtime, then… Read more

August 27, 2018

Life isn’t neat and orderly but that only strengthens our family ties. Author Lori Wildenberg shares her insights about parenting and mothers from her new book, Messy Parenting. Why title your book The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections? Lori: I love the title! New Hope Publishers perfectly named it, The Messy Life of Parenting. This title captures the message contained between the covers. Life is full of the unexpected, isn’t it? My life, my… Read more

August 24, 2018

While the main focus of the film is the romantic relationship between the two leads, there’s a surprising sub-story on what makes a good mom. Click here for a review of Crazy Rich Asians. For this video blog, I’m assuming you’ve seen the film or at least know its basic plot outline. While the main story of the romantic leads is funny and fresh, the relationship of many characters to their mothers in particular captured my attention too. In this… Read more

August 20, 2018

By Susan G Mathis, guest blogger Three months before I was born, my father died, leaving my mother to raise two children under two—alone. But when I was four months old, my mother, widowed grandma, and bachelor uncle bought a house together. Moreover, they rented out a room to an “old-maid” nurse. Lucky us—my brother and I had not two but four adults telling us what to do! Mom still quips that with all those different and very diverse role… Read more

August 17, 2018

We all make mistakes as parents, but when we do, we’re often harder on ourselves than we are on others who might do the same thing. We’re not perfect, we don’t always pick the “right” answer, and we often flub up when it comes to raising our kids. In this week’s video blog, I share a few of my own less-than-stellar moments as a mom. I also talk about how we need to give ourselves the same grace we give… Read more

August 13, 2018

By Julie Polanco, guest blogger When we chose to homeschool our children, I knew our journey would be different. But I didn’t know how different. I understood school as children sitting at desks doing what the teacher told them to. I figured that homeschooling would be like that, only in my home. Those assumptions proved to be wrong as well. In fact, homeschooling my four children—now age 19, 17, 13 and 11—taught me a lot about God, learning and parenting…. Read more

August 10, 2018

Do you attend church with your kids? By that I mean, do you sit together during the worship service or are you in the sanctuary and your kids in children’s church? While there’s nothing overtly wrong with children’s church, in this week’s video, I make the case for attending church in its entirety as a family on Sunday mornings. I also address the four most common reasons why parents shuffle their children off to children’s church rather than sit in… Read more

August 6, 2018

Whether you homeschool or send your kids to private or public school, the re-entry back into the school year doesn’t have to be rough. Here are some tips for helping your kids prepare for school that will make the transition easier on everyone. It’s August, which means the school year for thousands of kids will soon begin. After a summer of fun, sun, and fewer rules, most kids aren’t ready to focus on reading, writing or arithmetic. I’ve asked other… Read more

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