Posts Tagged ‘parenting’

How Do You Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus?

No one prepared you for parenting in a global pandemic! Your kids are out of school and probably asking questions like, “Why am I not allowed to go play with my friends?” and “Why can I not go to school and see my teachers?” Your first instinct may be to simply tell your kids that everything is going to be ok, but that may not be the right move. Dr. Josh and Christi Straub are… … Continue reading

If Your Child Is Lost, Spiritually…

Click the story below: Enticed by the word “VACATION” on a Vacation Bible School sign, I  wandered in…and tucked away some Scripture that would help rescue me some twenty years later. God loves our kids even more than we do, as difficult as that is to wrap our minds around!     … Continue reading

The Parenting Advice You’ve Never Heard That Will Set You Free

Parenting is hard and there is so much advice out there. Most of it comes across the same. Do more. Do less. Get it right. Most parenting advice leaves you feeling like a failure. This is why I as SO drawn to the advice from author Scarlet Hiltibidal that says failure is actually good when you use it to teach your kids about the gospel.   Don’t miss the full conversation about conquering fear in… … Continue reading

Unshelter: Allowing our Kids a View Into Brokenness

  “ “Hey babe. How about a date night? We can make a nice meal. Light some candles. A minor lung procedure?” What? Who SAYS that? Who says that? My husband, Dan, said that. He had a “PleurX Drain,” placed in his lungs to help alleviate the fluid caused  by cancer as he lived out his final months at home. Yup. That was a date night. Me, a nursing school drop out, placing a drain… … Continue reading

Letting Go

I have found one of the greatest lessons, and most difficult things required as a parent, is this: LETTING GO. If you think about it, the process of letting go begins at birth. The baby is born. She’s been really close to you for nine months. Really close. And what is the first thing that happens? They whisk her away. Your eyes follow the baby closely, looking desperately toward the table where the nurse took… … Continue reading

Imperfect Moms, Great Kids

I used to think I couldn’t let my kids know just how imperfect I am. A parenting mistake would lead me to ponder my value as a mom. They know we aren’t perfect. In fact, I’m thankful my kids have learned from some of my mistakes, so they hopefully don’t have to make them too.  I sat down with my daughter, Mary, who is 23 now, to talk about life, parenting, to give her a… … Continue reading

Wherever You Go…

“Wherever you go, there you are.”   That’s a funny thing my mom used to say.   Only funny because she had no idea that the intended meaning of the phrase she used to encourage me actually meant something entirely different.   She said this to me when I was leaving grade school for middle school. Or, as we called it, “junior high.”  Who calls it junior high? She must be old.  I was freaking… … Continue reading

What’s YOUR Chapter Called?

  THANK YOU for sharing some life with me on the air last week by telling me, if we were writing a book together, what your chapter would be titled in a book on parenting…marriage…a book on being single…even on how to be a better puppy owner! My goal was to get to know you better, but really I learned a TON! Here’s what we learned: Parenting is hard: Popular chapter titles were: “I’m Your Mom: We Can Be… … Continue reading

Boys Will Be Boys (Unless We Teach Them to be Men)

It can be scary to raise children in a world of Harvey Weinsteins. But the good new is, all is not hopeless. We have the ability to change the world by raising our boys to be men of integrity. A friend of mine put a list together of “rules” for her son as he grows up, and we added a few to the list: Eat lunch with the new kid. Give credit. Take the blame. Say you’re sorry….there’s no… … Continue reading

What Can Parents Do to Reengage with Their Millennial Child?

I remember walking into church, and an older woman caught up to me. I could tell she was upset. She told me that she and her husband had their oldest daughter over to the house, and the visit didn’t go so well. They tried to talk to her about family, her career, the grandkids—anything to get her to open up about her life. Nothing seemed to work. She looked at me and said, “I don’t… … Continue reading