Author: Autumn Ward

31 Things to Say to Help Teens Navigate Relationships

Helping my teenagers learn how to navigate relationships has been the biggest part of my twenty years of parenting. Hands down. Teachers, friends, coaches, dating, teammates, family . . . So. Many. Discussions. My guess is that you too will have more discussions with your teen about their relationships than you ever thought possible. A few warnings/tips: The people on the other side of your teen’s relationships will probably be playing by different rules, which will cause mounds of frustration for both you and your teen. If you’re married, it’s crucial that you and your spouse operate off the same page....

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How I’m Praying For My Kids Now That They’re Older

I’m a “fix it” mama. Sibling argument? I’m there to mediate. Upset stomach? I have medicine for that. Shoes have a hole? No problem. I can buy new ones. Difficult homework? We can figure it out together (thanks to YouTube tutorials). Yep. I was pretty good at the whole “Mom to the rescue” thing up until my kids entered their preteen / teen years, and then it all came to a screeching halt. For the first time, I was faced with things I had zero power to fix. Broken heart? I couldn’t mend that. Hard time making friends? I couldn’t...

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What Do You Want Your Kids to Remember Most About Easter?

We moved into a new house about six months ago, which means we’ve been unpacking boxes for oh … about six months. The unmarked boxes are my favorite because it’s like Christmas wondering what will be inside when we open them. Now that we’re finally feeling more settled on the inside of the house, my husband and I decided it was time to address the outside this past weekend. As he headed off with his chainsaw to tackle the dense wooded areas, I went to the garage to look for something to put weeds in as I pulled them....

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Stay Connected :: 5 Choices We’re Glad We Made (Part 5)

Imagine the end. Say words that build. Use everyday moments to tell a bigger story. Be the person you want your kids to be. These are the things I am so glad someone much wiser than us encouraged us to do when we were beginning our parenting journey. There’s one last thing, and it’s the most important thing, because when we choose to do this on a daily basis, it helps make all the others possible: Stay connected. Stay connected to God. Stay connected to a faith community. Why? Because parenting is hard. And when you’re trying to be the person you...

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Christmas in Hurt Park (FREE Advent Calendar!)

This is the time of year when joy should abound, yet many of us still find ourselves searching for it. Homes are filled with families rushing through the season filling their schedules and shopping carts to overflowing. But, as you already know, these things just don’t produce the joy for which our souls were created. Maybe it’s because joy is not a thing to be found, but a person to be known. And, when we choose to live as Jesus showed us, joy will naturally follow—much like the Christmas my family spent in Hurt Park.

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