Are You Ready to Allow Your Daughter to Sleep Over at Her Boyfriend’s House?

Sleepovers were fond memories when my kids were in elementary school.  Typically a best buddy would show up, they’d play some games, watch a movie, and camp out on the family room floor.   Harmless for the most part. By junior high and high school, that phase of life seemed to be a thing of the […]

Tired of being the Nagging Parent?

Let Natural Consequence Create Maturity

As our kids move into the tween and teen years, we as parents need to be thinking more about allowing natural consequences be our kids’ teacher.  Consequences help our kids become better critical thinkers while helping them own their choices.  Our job  is to create an environment where our kids will want to come talk with us about […]

Are Your Kids Showing Signs of Entitlement?

In the fast-paced world we live in, it’s easy to get caught-up in the culture of privilege.  Without thinking about our daily interactions with our kids, we can easily let the life skills that will be so valuable to them as adults easily slide.  Too many times we “give them a pass” because we know […]

Looking for Family Balance?

Steps to Reduce the Stress in Your Home and Build Team Relationship

  Sitting at her desk in the master bedroom Kristin was thankful for the silence. Ted had agreed to focus on the kids and food for the day while she took time to pray and seek God’s guidance.  She had shared with a friend the frenzy that had seemed to creep into their home since the start of school. […]

What to Do When Dad is Out-of-Control

Creating Safety in Our Home

It has been amazing to me the number of women who have shared stories of out-of-control behavior from their spouses.  Their teen does something to upset dad and the war is on. It makes me sad. And I’m betting that if you are in that situation in your home, then your feelings are even more […]

4 Things Parents Can Do When Their Teens Complain About Church

Seven Ways to Keep Your Tweens and Teens From Walking Away From the Church (Conclusion)

  Keeping our teens in church can sometimes be a major point of stress for Christian parents.  We realize the value of worship with other believers but we want our kids to find that same purpose for their lives.  When our teens start rebelling about getting up on Sunday morning or complaining that it is boring or […]