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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

Family Life | Fight For The Heart

The “S” Word

I don’t write often about discipline online because it’s a great way to have an argument with strangers. I feel like in general we have enough yelling on the Internet and I don’t need to contribute more. Parenting is fraught with controversial… Read More

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

7 Undeniable Characteristics of Middle Schoolers Parents Should Know

If there is one common theme that surfaces every time I talk with parents of middle schoolers it’s this: it’s really confusing and really hard. Why? Because change is what marks this phase of life, and change isn’t easy for anyone. I… Read More