Socialization (Homeschooling & Peers): I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means

Socialization (Homeschooling & Peers) I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means

“But they need to be with friends their own age.” Her eyes revealed the earnestness with which she believed her words. She wanted to homeschool, but…. Homeschooling or not, too many parents have a deeply-ingrained belief about peers that is not only incorrect, but extremely damaging. I feel emboldened to say that peer dependency (and […]

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When Your Extended Family Doesn’t Agree With Your Life Choices

When Your Extended Family Doesn

If you homeschool, or have more than the average number of children, or don’t let your children date for fun, you should probably just wear a t-shirt that says, “Two headed monster.” Or get a clown nose. That way, you can just do all your friends and family a favor and address the fat elephant in […]

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The Kingdom Choice of Raising Children

“The efforts which a mother makes for the improvement of her child in knowledge and virtue, are necessarily retired and unobtrusive. The world knows nothing of them; and hence the world has been slow to perceive how powerful and extensive is this secret and silent influence….the influence which is exerted upon the mind during the first […]

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Are You Tired & Uninspired? (I Have a Plan)

Are You Tired & Uninspired (I Have a Plan)

It’s hard for me to admit, since I am a writer to women about all things home, even speaking nationally on occasion, that sometimes I struggle with my job at home. I mean, all out “I-feel-like-giving-up” struggle. (My husband has wisely informed me it’s a little late in the game for that.) But something pretty […]

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Parenting Ditches: Western Parents Have Lost Their Minds

Parenting Ditches: Western Parents Have Lost Their Minds

Parenting styles are like the ice cream choices at Baskin Robbins. There are lots of ‘em, and everyone has a fierce favorite. But I see ditches, and as a result, children in the ditches as well, suffering from well-meaning parents who make horrible parenting choices. There’s the Tiger Mom, who turned moms everywhere upside down with […]

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To the Lady Who Used Guilt to Undermine Homemaking & the Titus 2 Woman

To the Lady Who Used Guilt to Undermine Homemaking and the Titus 2 Woman

A friend shared a post on Facebook recently and when I read it, it irritated me. But I sort of didn’t know why at first, because honestly, it was hard to even articulate what the article was about when I tried to tell my husband. Do you feel the same? Here’s a snippet: “It was the […]

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Is God Serious About Helping Orphans & Widows? (And How You Can)

Is God Serious About Helping Orphans & Widows? (And How You Can)

“Pure religion…to care for the orphans and widows in their affliction.” Our family has really felt convicted for a while now, to reach out of our comfortable American lives and be more deliberate about living out the Gospel through helping those in need. There are so many orphans and widows, but God calls us to help […]

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Today, Just the Good Stuff. (All-Time Most Popular Posts)

Today, Just the Good Stuff. (All-Time Most Popular Posts)

With over 2,000 posts here, I wanted to help direct you to some of the most popular and widely-shared ones. I pray they challenge, encourage and inspire your day! Be sure to share your favorites! Read my all-time most popular post, 7 Misconceptions About Moms of Large Families Raising Children is a Terrible Waste of […]

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How to LIVE (and Leave) a LEGACY in Your Home

How to Live (and Leave) a Legacy in Your Home

Three years ago, two of my best friends and I planned an overnight get-a-way where we just brainstormed about life with each other. One of our epiphanies was this: We want to leave a real, meaningful legacy behind, and we want to help other women do that too. From that deep-seated passion, Living a Legacy conference was […]

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5 Things Every Woman Needs to Hear (So I’m Telling You)

5 Things Every Woman Needs to Hear (So I

There are 5 things every woman needs to hear. In case you don’t have a woman in your life to tell you, let me: You’re not alone. You really, truly aren’t. Whatever you struggle with–discouragement, marital problems, a child who makes you feel like giving up, feelings of being overwhelmed–all other women struggle with those […]

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