Category Archives: Parenting

Too Many Choices?

Today’s post is another wonderful excerpt from Dr. Kathy Koch’s newest Hearts at Home book, Screens and Teens. If you’re looking for a summer reading selection for you or you and your spouse, consider Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids … Continue reading

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You Have The Power To Inspire!

She played the same three measures of music over and over again, hoping that one of these times would help her remember the next part of the song. She persevered, but then I saw the wetness at the corner of … Continue reading

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Are You Comparing Your Insides to Kate’s Outsides?

I’m guessing that nearly every mom has done it sometime over the past three days. It’s easy to do. It’s human nature. Women, particularly, are experts at this kind of comparison:We tend to compare our insides to other women’s outsides. … Continue reading

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I Want It NOW!

Today’s post is an excerpt from Dr. Kathy Koch’s newest Hearts at Home book, Screens and Teens. Dr. Kathy is a speaker at our 2015 Hearts at Home conferences. When Dr. Kathy talks, moms listen!  She studies kids and has … Continue reading

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Why Your Kid Needs Other Adults In Their Life

Last Thanksgiving, after the death of Mark’s dad, we spent time with one of his half brothers and his family who live in the Indianapolis area.  He has four teenage daughters and we told the girls that they could come … Continue reading

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The Difference Between a Reward and a Bribe

Today’s post is a favorite of mine from Melissa Kruger!  Oh how I wish I would have understood the difference between a reward and a bribe when my kids were little! Melissa is the author of Walking with God in … Continue reading

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How Much Access Are You Giving Your Kids?

A couple of months ago, my oldest daughter Anne asked if I could take a day to help her get her playroom under control.  She felt like it was always a mess and she could never get the mess under … Continue reading

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A Mom’s Greatest Resource

Today’s post is an excerpt from Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood by Melissa B. Kruger.  It’s a reminder that prayer is truly our greatest resource. A mother of three, Melissa hails from Charlotte, North Carolina where she serves … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Playdough

Now that we have a two-year-old in the house, we’re always looking for fun activities to keep her busy. This edible playdough is a recipe I made for my kids many years ago. It’s easy to make and easy to … Continue reading

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Unleash Your Power To Respect

When I read the book Love and Respect, I was first introduced to the concept of “unconditional respect.”  It wasn’t something I’d ever heard of before. I always thought that respect needed to be earned.  What I’ve come to understand … Continue reading

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Mommy, I Want To Go To The Park With Friends

Two weeks ago, I shared a new workshop I’m preparing for the 2015 Hearts at Home conferences at a local moms group. That day the group’s leader, Sandi, shared a few thoughts of her own on the topic. I loved … Continue reading

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25 Ways To Make Christmas Break a Blast!

The presents are opened, the cookies are eaten, but Christmas break is far from over. Are the natives getting restless in your house? Need some ideas to decrease the stress and increase the fun? Here are 25 ways to make … Continue reading

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How To Bake Cut-Out Cookies With Your Kids

Today I have the privilege of being a part of Karen Ehman’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! I’ve been baking Christmas cookies with my kids for 29 years.  Through many disappointments and trials and errors, I’ve finally learned how to … Continue reading

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