Author: Sherry Surratt

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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5 Questions to Up Your Parenting Game

Here’s one thing I know. There isn’t a parent out there who woke up with the thought, I wonder how I could ruin my child today? We know you want to be the best parent you can be. But being a great parent requires more than focusing on your child. It calls for the courage to look within yourself and assess how YOU are doing. It’s time to make your parenting personal and we’re here to help. Let’s start with a few simple questions. How’s it going with the stuff that’s hidden deep? No, we’re not talking about the...

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Why We Tell Our Family Stories Over and Over Again

The Story of the Ugliest Christmas Tree In our first year of marriage, I was still finishing up my education degree while my husband worked for a church as a youth pastor. We were poor. Even when we dug under the couch cushions for loose change (which we frequently did), we barely had enough to make ends meet. It was Christmas, and we had to figure out how to celebrate it in our tiny one bedroom apartment. We were able to buy a scrawny tree from a discount lot near our church but what about decorations? Lights, ornaments, and...

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