Category Archives: Parenting

Did You Know There Are 8 Ways You Can Be Smart?

Dr. Kathy Koch, founder of Celebrate Kids, is a Hearts at Home favorite speaker. We try to have different speakers every year but Dr. Koch is a back-by-popular-demand speaker for sure! (We’re offering walk-in registration for the National conference this weekend … Continue reading

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Staying Together When Your Child’s Choices Threaten To Pull You Apart

Jill: Mark and I spent some time with friends recently. As the parents of several young adult children, they were struggling to make sense of their oldest child’s choices. Substance abuse and crime have landed their girl in prison for quite some … Continue reading

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Are You A Fountain of Life to Your Kids?

Dr. Todd Cartmell is a speaker at our 2016 Hearts at Home conferences. His newest book 8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids, is also one of our newest Hearts at Home resources! Every time I sit in on one … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Fill Your Little One’s Love Tank!

A year ago I spoke at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati (and I’m speaking there again this coming weekend!). While there, I decided to sit in on one workshop that caught my eye. The speaker was Kathy Lee and … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Giveaway and Where I’m Headed This Spring

If you tried to enter yesterday’s giveaway, you probably ran into a technical glitch when trying to leave a comment!  I’m so sorry!   The problem is fixed now so if you want to enter the giveaway, you can leave … Continue reading

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Why Are You So Stressed As a Parent?

Today’s post is a guest post from my friend, Dr. Meg Meeker. Dr. Meeker has the wisdom of a pediatrician and the heart of a mother. She’s the best-selling author of six book and has appeared on The Today Show, Today … Continue reading

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For My Stay-At-Home Mom Friends

Today’s post is a message of encouragement for at-home moms from Donna Otto. Donna was a keynote speaker at our Hearts at Home conferences in the early years. Her books, including Loving Life As An At-Home Mom, were a source … Continue reading

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Decorate Your Dorm

Last year our youngest headed off to college. Two hours from our home in Central Illinois, Austin started his four years of living in the dorm at Moody Bible College studying communications. In early November, I found myself in the Dollar … Continue reading

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Five Questions To Ask Your Kids After School

One of my favorite times to chat with my kids has always been after school. As an at-home mom, I loved connecting with my kids as soon as they got home. Later as a working mom, I tried to call … Continue reading

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Is It The End or The Beginning?

Perspective. It is the way we see something. It’s the compass for our emotions. It’s the change we sometimes need to get our head and our heart in a better place. Perspective is something moms need every August as we … Continue reading

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The Chore Timecard

Pay for chores? Not pay for chores? Ah the debate. Over 30 years of parenting, we’ve been all over the map on this issue.  We’ve done allowance, we’ve done no allowance. We have tied allowance to chores. We’ve separated allowance from … Continue reading

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Sparkler Safety

Do your kids enjoy using sparklers for the 4th of July?  If you have little ones who are afraid of the sparks, use a paper cup to protect their hand!

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10 Summer Activities to Do With Your College Student

Yes, they’re big enough to be on their own. Yet, they’re still home. You know your time having them home is limited. No matter whether they are working, home between college semesters, or just trying to figure out what to … Continue reading

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