Category Archives: Parenting

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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4 Easy Steps To Teach Your Kids How To Respectfully Interrupt

Every kid does it. MOM….Mommy….Moooooooom! It happens while you’re on the phone, or talking to someone at the store, or just having a conversation with your spouse. In exasperation we usually say something like, “It’s rude to interrupt,” or “Stop interrupting … Continue reading

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Keep Calm and Love Your Kid

So what’s bugging you today?  Are you knee deep in school supply lists? Are you looking at the mess in your child’s bedroom and wondering where to even start? Have you already dealt with a spilled drink today….multiple times? Are … Continue reading

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Must Versus Might

Today’s post is a guest post by Kasey Johnson who is the author of the brand new book/Bible study Mom Essentials: 10 Words Successful Mothers Live By. Kasey is also a Hearts at Home blogger and one of her blog hop … Continue reading

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Parenting in the Early Years: Take Care of Yourself

I remember the day well. I had a newborn, a four-year-old, and a six-year-old. As a stay-at-home mom, I’d been with them all day and I was exhausted. Mark walked in the door from work and I said desperately, “I … Continue reading

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Parenting in the Early Years: Rhythm and Routine

The early years are important years for developing security, self-discipline, and emotional safety.  Routine and structure play important roles in setting those foundational elements in place. When you think about it, life is filled with changes.  Even in a child’s … Continue reading

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Parenting in the Early Years: Be In Charge

Mark and I have the joy of having 2 or our 3 grandkids all this week while Mom and Dad take their church youth group to a week-long youth conference. I’m knee-deep in diaper, sippy cups, and cutting up food … Continue reading

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