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

September 14, 2018

With Hurricane Florence pummeling the North and South Carolina coastline, it’s a good time to think about how kids react to natural disasters—and how we can prepare them to weather the storms. No matter where you live, chances are you and your family will be impacted by a natural disaster: hurricanes, tornadoes, derechos, mudslides, earthquakes and wildfires are happening all over the United States and the world. Smartphones and social media means we hear about these disasters as they happen,… Read more

September 10, 2018

We live in an impatient world, one where everything’s at our fingertips and the idea of waiting for anything beyond a nanosecond is nearly unimaginable. “Patience is something that’s fleeting even to adult as we navigate a world of computers, iPads, iPods and instant gratification,” agreed Jocelyn Bates, an expressive arts therapist. But patience is a virtue, one that we all need to cultivate. Patience is also one of the fruits of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit… Read more

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

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