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Featured | High School (9th-12th) | Middle School (6th-8th)

3 Things You Need to Know About Your Teen and Dating

We’ve all heard someone joke (or not joke), “My kid isn’t dating ’til they’re 30!” I’ve always wanted to respond with, “LOL, good luck with that!” I’m not about to set my four-year-old up on a date with Zach from preschool, but… Read More

Featured | School Life | Special Topics

What To Do When Your Child Gets Suspended or Expelled

You just found out that your child has been suspended or expelled from school. Natural reactions might include: shock, confusion, embarrassment, or anger. When I worked as a school counselor, I remember speaking to parents soon after discovering their child had been… Read More

Family Life | Featured | Fight For The Heart

3 Things Every Dad Worries About

I’m not a big worrier. I never have been. I think it’s because I’ve learned that most things tend to work out alright and that no matter how much I worry, it never changes the outcome. The truth is, worry is a… Read More

Family Life | Featured | Phase

The Best Way to Communicate With Your Kid at Every Phase

One of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do in your parenting is learn how to communicate with your kid. Communication in and of itself has never been easy, but add an age gap, youthful angst, and a budding vocabulary, and… Read More

Featured | Mental Health | Self Care

How to Have a Mental Health Check-In With Your Teen and Preteen

Is your teen or tween behaving more differently than usual? I know, this probably seems like a trick question. The emphasis is on the word more. For example, has your usually uber-responsible fourteen-year-old neglected to take the dog out again, forgot two… Read More

Character and Values | Family Life | Featured | High School (9th-12th) | Imagine The End | Phase

Five Ways to Help Your High Schooler Find Their Purpose

How do we give our teenagers something to do—not just a list of things to stay away from? How do we give them opportunities to collaborate with their family, serve their community, and discover how God has uniquely wired them to influence… Read More

Create A Rhythm | Family Activities | Family Life | Featured

How Planning Can Make You a More Present Parent

With the first day of school looming a few weeks ago, my youngest son—ready to stroll into kindergarten—looked at me and said, “You have to get all of your work done while we’re in school so you can play with us every… Read More

Create A Rhythm | Family Life | Featured | Mental Health

Why Time Away Might Not Fix Your Stress

Let me guess. You feel like you really need to de-stress. Of course you do...you’re a parent.  Pretty much every parent I talk to is tired. Well, more than just tired. Stressed. Deeply stressed. And kind of exhausted. There's a fatigue that… Read More

Family Life | Featured | Widen The Circle

The Important Role Grandparents Play

Six grandkids in six years has started me rethinking how I interact with my adult children, who are now parents.  More and more, I’m met with the fact that parenting isn’t a formula, and every kid is very different. I can’t expect… Read More

Faith | Featured | Other Resources | Special Topics

Motherhood Is a Relationship, Not a Calling

Saying motherhood is a calling is an American privilege. Not every mother gets that choice. I know many single moms who would love to stay home with their kids—to make raising kids their job—but they can’t.   The very fact that I’m writing… Read More