Character and Values

Character and Values | Family Life | Featured | School Life

How to Help Your Kids Reach Their Full Potential Without Warping Their Identity

I think it’s safe to say most of us can remember a time or two million when our parents or another caring adult said or did something when we were younger that had a negative impact on our self-esteem. Lord knows I… Read More

Character and Values | Family Life | Featured | Special Topics

Yes, They’re Mine: What Parenting Looks Like for Multi-Racial Families

“Are these your children?”   “Yes, they’re mine! I’m their mom and I’m so blessed!”  When you’re a multi-racial family, you get used to having interactions like this one. My husband and I are white and our three adopted children are Black. People… Read More

Character and Values | Featured | Fight For The Heart

The Conversation I Wish Every White Parent Had with Their Kids

My daughter, Arden, had her first encounter (that I know of) with being treated differently because of her skin color when she was four years old.  It was last April on a Zoom call. My daughter’s pre-K class had just switched to… Read More

Character and Values | Family Life | High School (9th-12th) | Special Topics

How Can I Get My High Schooler to Open Up to Me?

My husband and I have three children—ages 23, 21, and 18. One boy and two girls. And they all talk to us . . . a lot. We often get asked, “How did you get your kids to open up to you… Read More

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

How Do I Encourage Kids to Be Friends?

At the beginning of every school year, the students in my class take a pre-test to measure what they already know. I remember my very first year teaching—I looked over my pre-test data with confusion. I just couldn’t understand why my kids… Read More

Character and Values | Elementary (K-5th) | Family Life | Featured | High School (9th-12th) | Mental Health | Middle School (6th-8th)

4 Questions to Ask When You Notice a Shift in Your Child’s Behavior

My oldest daughter just entered middle school. No book, podcast, or theologian could have prepared me for how quickly she’d begin to change in the months leading up to her 11th birthday. The freedom to socialize and text her friends became the… Read More