Category Archives: Parenting

What My Kids Taught Me In Their “Jesus Loves Me” Sweaters

Today’s guest post is from Emily Wierenga. Emily is a wife and mom of two. From her home in Canada, she writes from the heart and isn’t afraid to talk about issues she’s dealt with like eating disorders, infertility, body … Continue reading

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Connecting With Your Teen: The Power of a Pillow Journal

Dear Jill, I’m needing wisdom in dealing with my teenage daughter. I’m going through a divorce. It saddens my heart that my soon to be ex isn’t wanting to be a dad. This is causing my daughter to struggle with … Continue reading

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My Heart’s at Home

Today is another Focus on the Family broadcast day!  Today I’m talking with Jim Daly about how to make your home an emotionally safe place to be based upon the My Heart’s at Home book! You can catch the broadcast … Continue reading

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Wanna join the fun?

It’s September and that means that my speaking season kicks back in gear! I love the summer months where the pace slows down, but I love to jump back into being face to face with moms in the trenches. I … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

“There will be so many times you feel like you’v failed, but in the eyes, heart and mind of a child you are super mom.” ~Stephanie Precourt

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Happy 18th Birthday, Austin!

18 years ago today, I had the best night’s sleep of my whole pregnancy. It had been hard to be in the last month of pregnancy during the hot month of August so I was grateful for an unexpected night … Continue reading

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A Mix of Emotions

As you read this today, and listen to Day 3 of the No More Perfect Kids Focus on the Family broadcast, Mark and I will be moving our youngest son into his dorm at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. There’s … Continue reading

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Loving Your Kids For Who They Are–Day 2 (and a giveaway!)

Today is Day 2 of the No More Perfect Kids Focus on the Family radio broadcast.  You can listen online, download the podcast, or catch the program on your local Christian radio station.  Listening to these broadcasts is a great way … Continue reading

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Love The Kids You Have, Not The Ones You Wish You Had

Welcome Focus on the Family listeners! If you’ve dropped by here for the first time, please take a minute to introduce yourself!   If you need some regular encouragement as a parent, I invite you to subscribe to receive my … Continue reading

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Remember it’s the age…not the personality.

Last week my daughter was at the grocery store with her two-year-old daughter.  Erica had been battling Marie to stay seated in the cart.  Determined to win this battle, Erica stopped in the middle of one the aisles and re-seated … Continue reading

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