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Character and Values

When You Need More Hope

It’s a learned ability to see a bigger picture. Life experience helps us look back and see it better from where we are standing now. Practice looking for the good… Read More

Family Life

Write Your Own Narrative

Do you ever wonder how this type of thinking might affect our kids? At school and with activities, they’re getting more and more specialized. They define themselves early on as… Read More

College and Young Adult

What to Do When Your Adult Child Is Messing Up

When your young-adult kids have serious adult-sized problems, the kind that can derail a healthy and productive life, your heart may break, but your child’s choices don’t have to break you. Your… Read More

Make It Personal | Special Topics

Hope Boomerangs Back

“Pray for others that you may be healed,” (James 5:16). These words wouldn’t leave me alone. I really needed some encouragement––a prayer, a note, anything. From somebody. From an “other.”… Read More

Widen The Circle

Special Needs Parenting is Too Big to Do Alone

Families affected by disability are in chronic need of supportive community to do life together. But friends and even family—all with the best of intentions—can sometimes express comments that land… Read More

Birth - 5 years

Helping Your Preschooler Navigate Their Emotions

I remember my first real cup of coffee. I’d been an occasional office-pot coffee drinker (lots of cream and sugar)—mostly because my office was freezing and the coffee was hot.… Read More

Technology

The Best $4 I Spend Every Week

My 15-year-old daughter bet me $1 that she could spend less time on her phone each week than me. I was thrilled at this suggestion. Have you ever in your… Read More

Elementary (K-5th) | Middle School (6th-8th) | Social Life

The Right Way to Have “the Talk”

I remember getting “the talk” from my stepdad when I was 12 years old. I could tell by his efforts and timing that it was thrown together at the last… Read More

Family Life | Fight For The Heart

The Myth of the Perfect Kid

We parents are an emotional, neurotic mess, aren’t we? Sure, some of us are better at hiding it than others, but push the right button or confront the right issue,… Read More

Family Life

How to Be an Intentional Parent With Your Words

When it comes to your words, are you reacting in the moment and saying the first thing that pops into your head, or are you choosing words that are helpful… Read More