Author: Kristen Ivy

It’s Just a Phase…Don’t Miss It

If someone has ever told you, “It’s just a phase,” chances are it was intended as a consolation or a word of encouragement. More than likely, what they meant was, “Don’t worry. You can survive this. It won’t last forever.” When I first became a mother and my colicky son was crying for hours after each feeding I needed to know there was hope for a different tomorrow. I needed to know there would come a day when I didn’t smell like baby vomit and when the child I loved didn’t hate me for trying to feed him. There’s...

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Broken Families Can Still Be Great Families

I have great parents. Don’t tell them I told you so. They would never believe I said it. Maybe that’s why I feel tense (maybe even a little defensive) anytime I can feel someone judging them. My parents divorced when I was in eighth grade, so I am “one of those” who is part of a statistic. I literally still remember one of my friends in high school quoting statistics to me about how “kids with divorced parents are 99% more likely to get divorced themselves.” (Okay, I don’t remember the percentage. I just remember how it was said...

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Prove You Love Them

I love my kids. No one had to write a book or make a podcast or do a teaching series to convince me to love them. It happened the first time I felt them kick and squirm as they were growing inside me. It happened the moment they were born, when I held them for the first time and memorized every detail of their bald little heads. I love their giggles, their growing sense of humor, their personalities and their interests. When I think about my kids, there is a love inside that I honestly don’t know how to...

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Why Telling the Truth Matters

“Mama, why do we need to tell the truth?” That was the question my three-year old daughter Hensley asked me last night in the middle of our bedtime prayer. And by “in the middle of,” I mean that she asked it right on top of my praying what I thought was a pretty decent prayer. Regardless of the blatant disregard of our clearly spiritual moment, I thought she had a pretty reasonable question. Why do we need to tell the truth? Now, I have to admit, I knew where the question came from. My three-year-old is an absolute pathological...

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3 Practical Habits To Make Time Matter More

So time is moving. And it’s moving faster than you think. What does that mean for you as a parent? How can you make the most of the limited amount of time that you have with your kids? How can you make sure that time isn’t getting away from you? I certainly don’t know the answer to all those questions. But here are three pretty practical ideas that might be helpful: COUNT IT DOWN You don’t have to count down the seconds, or the minutes, or even the days. But maybe there is a value in counting your weeks....

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