March 18, 2019

  The following is an excerpt from my interview with Traci Turner on my podcast, You’ve Got This. Traci has worked with children and families for more than 20 years as a preschool teacher, preschool director and in family social service programs working with at risk teens and young mothers. Her degree is in child care and development. She has been the director of a private preschool for the past 10 years. She is passionate about encouraging parents to lead… Read more

March 15, 2019

Most parents think nothing of uploading information and photos of their children on social media, but are they overlooking the risk factors? We have chosen not to post any photographs or images of our children with the rare exception if the picture doesn’t show their face at all. We also don’t list our children’s full names, only their first initial, in postings. In this week’s video blog, I talk about the questions I ask myself before sharing anything about my… Read more

March 11, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Dinah Bucholz on my podcast, You’ve Got This. We often get way too involved with entertaining our kids. As Dinah Bucholz puts it, “The thought of spending focused, quality time with each child was overwhelming. Dinah is a New York Times bestselling author, and a marriage and parenting coach. What are some of the challenges you’ve faced as a mom? Dinah: When I was a young mom, I never got down… Read more

March 8, 2019

By Guest Blogger Diane Stortz Anyone who coaches team sports or manages a team at work understands the sentiment found in Psalm 133:1: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” Whether the goal is a winning season or bringing a product to market, the effort required will always yield better results when team members like and respect one another and focus together on getting the job done. Our families need that same kind of unity—the shared… Read more

March 4, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Rachel Martin on my podcast, You’ve Got This. I love that finding joy is your theme because shouldn’t motherhood be about joy? Rachel: That’s exactly what it should be about! But I really think there’s a difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is about a birthday, a surprise party, a cup of coffee—that’s in the moment. But joy to me is this deeper heart posture looking for something that’s good and… Read more

March 1, 2019

It’s important that our children have relationships with their grandparents, but distance and age can make this difficult at times. In this week’s video blog, I give several easy ways for kids and grandparents to maintain a close connection. Snow days driving you crazy? Then get my FREE Winter Survival Guide today! Read more

February 25, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Linda Wood Rondau on my podcast, You’ve Got This. An award-winning author, Linda serves as both senior editor and acquisitions editor for Elk Lake Publishing. A veteran social worker, her published novels examine the complexities of human relationships. Most of Linda’s work is contemporary fiction. However, she has published both speculative and non-fiction. Her anticipated release of I Prayed for Patience God Gave Me Children is a second edition and will… Read more

February 22, 2019

If there’s one thing that’s been drilled into our kids is the concept of “stranger-danger.” But in this quest to make our children “safer,” we’ve essentially made them more afraid of everyone they don’t know. Which, in their young lives, is a lot of people. What’s better is to proactively prepare our children for what to do in various social situations–and who would be the safest people to approach (mothers with young kids, police officers, retail workers). In this week’s… Read more

February 18, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Mark Hancock on my podcast, “You’ve Got This.” Mark began his career founding a national advertising agency and running it for 15 years. His conversion to Christ led him into ministry as a youth and college pastor, associate pastor, homeless ministry director and global event director for an international ministry. He holds two masters degrees in the mental health counseling field, having spent a number of years in private practice, and… Read more

February 15, 2019

In this week’s video blog, I give five easy steps for parents to follow to ruin their children’s free time. Whether it’s an unexpected snow day, spring break, summer vacation or a Saturday, we can make sure our kids have highly structured, educational time not to themselves. Plus I include how NOT to ruin your child’s free time. Make everything about education. Be involved. Be very involved. Curb those free-range tendencies. Become their cruise director. Let their imaginations atrophy. By… Read more

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