Middle School (6th-8th)

Character and Values | Featured | Middle School (6th-8th) | School Life

Should I Let My Middle Schooler Quit?

At some point, most parents will eventually face this question: “Mom, I don’t want to do this anymore.” Whether it’s baseball or ballet, piano lessons or chess club, sometimes a kid has just had enough and doesn’t want to participate anymore. Their… Read More

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

I’m Worried My Child Is Self-Harming

Plenty of things keep parents up at night. I can only think of a few that elicit more confusion to a parent and render them helpless than when they discover that their child is self-harming. Self-harm is confusing to many. Simply defined,… Read More

Character and Values | Elementary (K-5th) | Featured | Finance | High School (9th-12th) | Middle School (6th-8th)

How to Teach Your Kids to Manage Money at Every Age

One of the most important, yet often overlooked, aspects of parenting is teaching our kids how to handle money.  Kids who know the basics of healthy money management have a great opportunity to become adults who make good financial decisions. But teaching… Read More

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

When and How to Talk to My Child about Pornography

Most likely in the history of the world, there has never been a non-awkward conversation about pornography between a parent and child. “I had a wonderful, easy, conversation with my parents about porn,” said no kid, ever. Yet in today’s world, it’s… Read More

Current Events | Family Activities | Featured | High School (9th-12th) | Middle School (6th-8th) | Technology

5 Ways to Use Technology with Your Teenager 

I’m not going to give you a bunch of statistics about how much we’re on our phones, tablets, and computers, because we already know it’s a lot—probably (definitely) too much. But here’s the deal—those numbers aren’t really changing. People (kids, teens, and… Read More

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

Helping Your Child Through Their First Broken Heart

Breakups are painful at any age, but there is something about the first breakup in the teenage years that is just extra-excruciating—and it isn’t just painful for the teenager! As an adult, sitting with a teenager who is feeling the sting of… Read More

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How to Apologize to Your Middle Schooler

When my daughter was in elementary school, she was perfect. Like, literally. She was respectful, obedient, hard-working, and kind. Enter middle school. I woke up to a different human being living in my house. All of a sudden she didn’t like anything… 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