Author: Kristen Ivy

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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You Are Not Disqualified – Part 2

A few weeks ago, my friend Carey Nieuwhof posted this blog on Parent CUE. And as I read it I thought, “That’s everything I ever wanted to say to parents summed up in one title.” Actually, It’s everything I want to say to divorced or divorcing parents summed up in one title. Why divorced parents? Well, mostly because I know them. Whether it was their children’s marriage that ended, their parent’s marriage that ended, or their own marriage that ended, families who have been through a divorce have experienced some kind of feelings of failure. My own parents divorced when...

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Things That Surprised You

It was Saturday. I was driving down the road with my, then three-year-old, son. We were in our typical groove of playing his favorite song. Replaying it. And then replaying it again. Every time we got to the last chorus, he’d stop staring out the window long enough to say, “I want to hear it again,” and I’d reassure him that we could, in fact, hear it again. Then, about the third time through, the final chorus came and went with no request. As relief began to settle in, and I began to consider what other songs we could...

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