Are You Trying to Control Your Teen with Anger?

  Anger is an emotion that most of us have to deal with from time to time especially when our tweens and teens push our hot buttons.  Typically when this happens our real desire is to just make the situation go away. “Why did you do that?  How dare you speak to me that way! […]

6 Parenting Lies That Can Affect Your Marriage

Most parents struggle with priorities.  It doesn’t matter if you have one child or several kids, orchestrating a balanced life sometimes seems next to impossible.  Juggling housework, job, kids, homework, activities, and a spouse is enough to make anyone’s life seem thrown off kilter at times. Add to that a kid who isn’t fairing well […]

Parenting Focus – Integrating Heart and Mind

Dare 13 - Humility, Empathy & Compassion

I’m in the middle of three books which, if you know me, is highly unusual for this linear thinker.  The thing for me is that none of them are remotely connected–or so I thought. Today, I had the A-ha that God has me focused here for a reason.  Each of these books is focused on […]

What Culture Do You Need to Counter with Your Teens?

Dare # 9

We are all familiar with the warnings that are written to parents about the need to counter the American culture with our kids.  Cell phones, gaming, clothing styles, piercings, tattoos, parties, friend’s, and the amount of freedom we give all come under scrutiny as we try to raise Christian kids in a culture that sometimes goes against […]

Do Your Kids have Addictive Behaviors?

Part 1 of a 2 Part Series

I got a call from my college student on Thursday evening, “Mom, I think I want to come home this weekend if that’s cool.  I’m bringing my XBox.  (Insert long pause.)  I lost two days this week.” I was thankful that he recognized his addiction relapse.  You see, he agonized over whether he should take […]

How to Keep Your Kids Connected at Church

Seven Ways to Keep Your Tweens and Teens From Walking Away From the Church (Part 3)

One of the things our family struggled with over the years was trying to keep our kids connected with other kids at church.  Since we didn’t live in the community surrounding our church, our kids didn’t have the opportunity to see other kids who attended unless there was a 30 minute drive involved. We had tried churches […]