One of the things I wrestled with when my kids were growing up was how to make the true story of Easter the most important part of Easter while participating in all the fun around us. I loved watching my kids dig through their baskets and run through the grass looking for hidden eggs. I mean, how cute is a toddler walking off-balance carrying a basket that’s bigger than he is? And I’ll confess, I have eaten my share of Peeps and Cadbury Crème Eggs in my van after buying groceries . . . several weeks before Easter! But...Read More
Author: Autumn Ward
I was the mom with the schedule. Feeding schedule. Sleeping schedule. Reading and playtime schedule. I even had a written schedule on my refrigerator that I followed so I wouldn’t forget anything. I’m telling you, I was the schedule queen. (I’m shaking my head laughing just thinking about it.) Why the scheduling? I simply wanted what was best for my kids. I wanted to make sure they got what they needed. Somehow I got it in my head that if I did everything perfectly things would be, well, perfect. Yes. Perfect. The perfect playgroup. The perfect meal. The perfect...Read More
There are certain times in the year that just go by faster than others.
Christmas is one of them.
There is so much going on from the time we clean up the turkey to when we take down the tree that if we’re not intentional, the big day can come and go and we will have missed the true story of Christmas.
There I sat, probably with slumped shoulders at this point. Mind totally saturated with gallons of new information, dates, deadlines, fees, dos and don’ts. I had already made a dozen mental to-do lists for the coming weeks, all while still processing the fact that I had to check-in at the “parent” table when we arrived. And then it happened. In the final hours of a two-day college freshman orientation whirlwind, I was given a notecard and told to write a few words of wisdom to my son. The notecards would be delivered to the students—to my son—later in September...Read More
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....Read More