Where Does Your Mind Go When it Comes to Your Kids?

Dare 20

Most of the women in our groups love to talk about Dare 20.  Often they think, “Thank goodness my child would never do that”. In my experience there are two types of moms–those who think the best and those who think the worst.  And know that it matters in the relationship that you want to […]

Are You Demanding Respect?

Often I get questions from moms asking how to get their kids to respect them.  I hear the anguish in their voice as they talk about the disobedience, the yelling, the consequence, and then more yelling.  I absolutely can relate.  I’ve been there too many times myself wishing things had not gotten so out of control. […]

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 […]

Parenting Skills from a Movie?

Snuggling with my husband on the couch last night, we were looking forward to an evening without the kids.  It had been virtually months since we had watched a good movie and  Mom’s Night Out (2014)  had been recommended by several friends.  Being several years removed from the exhaustion of small kids under foot and the […]

Time to Negotiate?

  Tony was notorious for wanting to stay up later than his bedtime allowed.   At 12, he started a full-court press on Jennifer trying to get her to change his bedtime complaining that he was being treated like a little kid. “Mom, you just don’t get it!  Other kids my age don’t even have a […]

Dare 23 – The Respect Dare for Parents of Tweens & Teens – ME or WE?

Olivia stood in disbelief at the kitchen sink watching 14 year old Emily interact with her 13 year old brother.  Typically they were pretty good friends, but something was wrong, terribly wrong.  She had seen them walk out back together as they got off the bus.  As backpacks landed on the deck, they had climbed […]