Fight For The Heart

Family Life | Fight For The Heart

How To Communicate In a Way That Values Your Relationships

I think it's kind of fun that God puts families into a little box called a home—where they bump into each other daily for years on end—and tells them to love each other. Nice experiment. It's always amazed me that many of… Read More

Family Life | Fight For The Heart

A Safe Place to Land

My oldest daughter is 10, and for the past year and a half, she spends most of her free time at the farm. She has always had a great affinity for horses. When she isn’t riding, she’s working at the farm—cleaning stalls,… Read More

Fight For The Heart

How to Lose (and Gain) Influence as a Parent

Every parent wants influence, and while a parent is the greatest influence in a child's life, that influence can wax and wane with the seasons.  In fact, a lot of parents I know feel like they're losing influence. Influence is something to… Read More

Fight For The Heart | Middle School (6th-8th)

10 Tips to Connect with Your Teenager

Time flies fast from elementary to college age, so get ready to change your parenting habits. Every child seems to move in warp speed toward the teenage years. I was caught by surprise when a new declaration of personal independence was automatically… Read More

Fight For The Heart | Make It Personal

Guiltless Lessons of Love

We all want to teach our kids to put others before themselves and treat others the way they want to be treated. But how in the world do you do that? That is, how do you do it without using “that” voice:… Read More

Fight For The Heart | Special Topics

Fighting for the Heart of Our Adopted Son

Instinctively as parents we want to fight for our children. Fight for their rights. Fight for their health. Fight for their relationships. And most importantly, fight for their hearts. My husband, Ben, and I knew pretty early on as parents that we… Read More

Elementary (K-5th) | Fight For The Heart

A Few Things To Know About Preteens

This time of the year is filled with anticipation. By now some of you are a well into the school year while others of you are just getting started. Either way, you’re probably wondering a few things: What will my child face?… Read More

Family Life | Fight For The Heart

One Simple Way to Love Your Kids Better

I can be a sulker. When someone offends me, my natural response is to sulk, and give them the cold shoulder so they can figure out on their own how to make amends. I also tend to be a guilt-tripper, detailing grievances… Read More

Family Life | Fight For The Heart

To Praise or Not to Praise Your Kids

Don’t tell your kid he’s smart, or he won’t think he needs to try. Tell your kid he’s smart so he’ll believe he’s capable. Don’t praise your kid at all; then he’ll grow up expecting constant affirmation. Praise your kid for her… Read More