Rules and Consequences Not Working?

Dare 16 - Learn to Pause

A very wise counselor said to me one time, “If it isn’t a matter of life and death, it doesn’t need to be fixed right now.” Oh, I wish I had heard those words years before and really grasped the true meaning. The most common thing I hear from parents is that a kid knows the consequence […]

Be Aware! The Dating Game is Changing

6 Steps to Countering the Culture with Your Teens

This week in USA Today a shocking story hit the press that will influence our teens.  Many Americans are well aware that sleeping together early in the dating relationship is almost a given for a lot of teens.  TV and movies portray this as normal behavior and it has influenced more than a generation.  As parents we might […]

Want a More Peaceful Home as Your New Year’s Resolution?

5 Things to Consider

As the new year rings in, I’m usually fast to make my new year resolutions.  These usually involve some type of diet, exercise, or other health considerations.  Next in line on that list is typically a project that has sat dormant for years and I resolve to complete it.   Somewhere in the list of […]

Too Tired to be Thankful?

I don’t know about you, but at my house as the holidays approach, it is sometimes hard to be thankful.  Let’s face it, if we are mom, the holidays can be work–significantly extra work. I remember a period of several years when  holidays became a chore rather than a celebration.  After spending more time in the grocery store […]

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 […]

Who Does Your Identity Come From?

Who's Reflection Do You See? (Part 1)

The topic of identity can spur some interesting conversations with women.  Let’s face it, it’s not until we look at others that we recognize if we are too tall, too short, overweight, underweight, a good mom or a terrible mother. And then the question is, “Who is making the judgment?” Each of us gains our identity from […]