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Cultivating a Prayer Habit

Cultivating a Prayer Habit

When my son was about three or four years old, we started to prompt him to contribute his own prayer requests as we were getting him settled into bed at night. “Buddy, why don’t you go ahead and talk to God? You can give Him thanks for something or ask him for...

A Faith of Their Own

A Faith of Their Own

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...

23 Parenting Hacks for Parents with Little Kids

23 Parenting Hacks for Parents with Little Kids

We do not lack information on “how-to parent.” People often joke that our children don’t come with manuals, but the truth is, we have so much information at our fingertips that we can easily become overwhelmed by all of the (often contradicting) expert opinions out...

Ending the Homework Hassle

Ending the Homework Hassle

Any time parents of teenagers or pre-teens are in a room together, the subject of homework and education seems to be on their lips. My experience is that most of the time parents worry more about their teen’s schoolwork than the teen worries about their schoolwork!...

How To Help Your Kids Develop Good Habits

How To Help Your Kids Develop Good Habits

We want our kids to develop healthy habits, but if we’re honest, we probably aren’t the best when it comes to sticking with positive behaviors ourselves. So what’s a parent to do? Thankfully, there is a lot of research that can help when we fall short. One of the...

Can You Spoil Kids Without Spoiling Them?

Can You Spoil Kids Without Spoiling Them?

My daughters are spoiled. And to a certain degree, I’m okay with that. But here’s what I know—there’s a line between a “spoiled” child and an “entitled” child. And that’s a line I have not always navigated with precision. In fact, I have given in to whining too often,...

I Am Not a Fun Guy (or a Fungi)

I Am Not a Fun Guy (or a Fungi)

I saw myself on the screen the other night. I wasn’t on the jumbotron at the baseball game. I wasn’t starring in a home movie. No, I saw myself in a movie character. An unlikely one. And the irony is that it was the antagonist of a movie that I watched years ago....

Parenting Dangerously Close to Empty

Parenting Dangerously Close to Empty

I love to live on the edge. At least that is what I tell my kids when they are all frustrated with me. I am that person. That person that drives until the “E” light in my car has been shining at me for about 30 miles. It doesn’t help that now my car tells me exactly...