Category: motherhood/family/parenting

10 Secrets to Raising Happier Kids

Parenting sure has changed a lot since I was a kid, and most definitely since my parents were kids. Listening to my father tell stories from his childhood (he was born in 1950) leaves my mouth gaped open. Life was hard. Period. Physically, they had very, very little. I mean dirt floors at one point ...

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Best Motherhood Book Ever is FREE on Kindle Unlimited Right Now!

Well, I've been told it's one of the best motherhood books and since I still read this daily devotional myself to lift me out of the trenches and completely renew my parenting perspective, I agree it's powerful and so very needed, even if I did write it.   I have reformatted When Motherhood Feels Too Hard for easier reading ...

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Raising Our Children to See God in the Moments

Morning bible reading--check. Family worship--check. Church on Sunday--check. I think these activities are the under-girding of the Christian life and are needful and good. But I don't think they are the essence of teaching our children to walk daily with the Lord, to cultivate a living, breathing relationship with the Creator. It begins with the simplest of observations: "This is the day the ...

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The Secret to Abundant Life

There is always another floor to sweep, another closet to arrange, the yard to mow, the thing to repair. We are never done, but we keep working like we think we can get done. And life gets crowded with the essentials and we lose our smiles. And kindness. And we become more automatic than full, creative, life-filled creatures. "I have ...

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The Proper View of Family (Are We Too “Inward Focused?”)

The Proper View of Family. Are We Too Inward Focused?

I haven't been able to stop thinking about something a (Christian) commenter said on a recent post, "Learning to Think Rightly About Birth Control": "I really struggle with labeling the family as “the ripe mission” field and creating a “mini-church” in the family. Honestly this is probably the main reason I don’t homeschool beyond preschool–it’s a little to inward ...

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To inspire you in the new year, our 3 favorite resources are on sale for 30% off! (The download/pdf versions) Get When Motherhood Feels Too Hard, our powerful devotional to inspire moms in the trenches, our Relaxed Homeschooling Ebook to help you refocus on real education and take the stress out of homeschooling, and our ...

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5 Ways Parents Can Learn From Daniel & Raise Men & Women of Excellence

Do you ever look around and wonder where the outstanding men and women of the younger generation are?  Do you ever read historical biographies and find the young, upright characters almost unbelievable compared to today's youth? We seem to be breeding a culture of mediocrity.  Young people who lack that kind of fortitude and character capable ...

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How To Tackle the New Year When You Want to Do ALL THE THINGS at Once (Practical Steps)

Type A. Dreamer. Visionary. Whatever you call it, I'm one of those. Are you? (Long lines kill you a little inside. Patience: not your super power. To everything there is a purpose. Otherwise, what's the point? (There's isn't one, see?) ) It has its perks, but oh boy, does it have its pitfalls too. Like wishing your vision of ...

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How to Handle Sibling Disputes

It's no secret...if you have children at home, especially if they're together all day, you deal with a certain amount of wrong attitudes and strife.  (If you don't, email me please.) For me, this is probably THE hardest part of our daily struggles.  It seems I never know quite how to handle it.  Sometimes I think ...

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Parenting Against the Grain: How Do I Teach Them to Serve?

The older I get, the more I realize how "against the grain" living the Christian life is.  Against the culture's grain, and even against the grain of my flesh. We have to constantly weigh our own thoughts, feelings and tendencies against the wisdom of Scripture.  In truth, we must ultimately fall more in love with our Savior, ...

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