Author: Sherry Surratt

Should You Make Your Older Kids Go To Church?

I recently read an article about a family who loved to hike. Actually, not all of them loved it. One son shared how every weekend, rain or shine, he was forced to put on his hiking shoes (yes, forced) and he was loaded into the family car for what he described as a boring, wasted day of tramping in the woods. He said the numerous pre-hike conversations with his mom went like this. “I don’t feel good.” “The sunshine will make you feel better.” “I’m tired. Can’t I stay home?” “Put your shoes on. Let’s go.” He did put...

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Inviting Grandparents In

I will just go ahead and say it, my grandkids are brilliant geniuses. First grader Maggie can read the word ‘pinkalicious’, four-year-old Mollie can smell chocolate a mile away and baby Mason can fill a diaper like nobody’s business. Okay, some might say brilliantly average but not me. These are my grandkids. I’m an expert on their brilliance because I get a front row seat to it. My son and daughter-in-law keep me hooked up with the latest. I know who just got a part in the school play, who wiped their own bottom and who waved a spoon...

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How to Make the Most of a Family Adventure

What do you remember most about summer growing up as a kid? One of the things that sticks out in my head is the summer I decided to eat tree bark. I remember prying off several chunks and dipping them into a jar of peanut butter I’d snuck out under my shirt when nobody was looking. I remember telling my mom about it later as she cleaned up the puke in my sleeping bag. My family was on a camping trip, all four of us in a tiny pop-up camper about the size of a thimble, so everybody got...

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3 Reasons I Can’t Stop Using the Parent Cue App

My son and daughter-in-law just had their third child. At the moment, their home is like a three-ring circus of juggling, stunts, and acrobatics. Even now as I watch my daughter-in-law wrestle with diapers, wipes and poop, my son is juggling after-school pickup and entertaining a lively and spirited preschooler. Everybody is exhausted. Except for the preschooler of course. Life must continue on as normal. “Where are my pancakes?” These are the moments when I’m so glad for some practical help in the moments of chaos. Something to help us slow down and step back with just a little...

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Winning at Parenting When You’re a Cake-Decorating Loser

“Could we sign up for a cake decorating class on Saturdays?” This came from my fourteen-year-old daughter as I stood at the sink up to my elbows in dirty dishes. I paused. The last thing I wanted to do was give up my Saturdays. I was already losing the war with dog hair and dirty clothes. Our house at the moment looked like a bomb had gone off, with the chaos of human debris about to smother us all. “How much will it cost?” I asked. Followed by, “How many Saturdays?” Her answer was less than thrilling. We would...

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