Finding Peace in the Midst of Parenting

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind.  I’ll admit that I’m having trouble remembering what I’ve done from one day to the next.  Grieving the loss of a child is so very hard and the enemy is relentless in attempting to get me into the pit of despair.  I’m thankful for all of you have […]

50 Things I Learned From Raising a Challenging Child

A Tribute to Our Daughter August 8, 1988-May 30, 2017

Emerging into the world our daughter arrived six minutes after I had waddled through the emergency entrance at the hospital doors.  Our family joke was that she was the creator of drama and the day of her birth was the beginning.  She had orderlies, nurses, and doctors frantically hustling for her grand entrance while my husband, Dave, was […]

Does Your Kid Make You Feel Like You Can Do Nothing Right?

Last week I felt like everything I did for one of my kids was met with sarcasm, frustration, or anger.  The typical jokes we had between us, the acts of kindness I did, and every time I seemed to open my mouth it was met with a snarl of “you never…” or “you always…”.  I […]

When Deadlines Become Critical

Motivating our Teens to Move Forward

Shelly was watching with bated breath.  Her son Justin had just turned 18 in the middle of his last year of high school and senioritis was setting in big time.  Not only did school seem to be losing its importance, but his behavior exuded that “you can’t make me because I’m an adult” and was […]

How Are You Impacting Your Child’s Identity?

Who's Reflection Do You See? (Part 2)

Sitting in a doctor’s office, I was surprised to find out that we were actually seeing the son of a doctor I had made acquaintance with several years prior.  Not wanting to be overtly obvious and wanting to give this man my full attention so that he could properly make a diagnosis, I chose not […]

Saying ‘No’ to Your Kids — 3 Things to Consider

Saying ‘No’ to our kids is part of parenting–for most of us, it comes with the job description on a daily basis. ‘No’, I’m not buying you a cell phone.  You are only 11! ‘No’, I’m not taking you to your friend’s house right now.  You haven’t finished your homework. ‘No’, you can’t go to […]