Missed milestones in the midst of mayhem

Written by Lisa Tyson Photo by Joshua Mcknight from Pexels I have never hated—I mean really hated—a word before. A word is simply a word, it has no real power. But this word, I hate it.  While I had heard this word before, and probably even used it, I had never really given it extra … Continue reading Missed milestones in the midst of mayhem

How to avoid over drafting your teenager’s emotional bank account

Written by Judy McCarver Photo by NEOSiAM 2020 from Pexels I have three young adult daughters, ages twenty, twenty-one, and twenty-three.  By all appearances, they seem to be on a productive and functional path to adulthood. Perhaps this is due to a lot of hard parenting work, but even more, it is by the grace … Continue reading How to avoid over drafting your teenager’s emotional bank account

3 truths for the child (and mama) who need to know the plan

Written by Somer Colbert It does not matter what we are doing, my five-year-old daughter wants to know the plan.  Where are we going? What are we going to do? Why? Who’s going to be there?  Even in our recent transition to homeschooling, she has been relentless. How many more assignments? What are we having … Continue reading 3 truths for the child (and mama) who need to know the plan

Raise your children to be independent: It’s OK if its hard

Written by Lisa Tyson The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate our nation’s hard fought victory over Great Britain, ultimately allowing us the freedoms we enjoy today. The Revolutionary War lasted for seven long years. It’s end result, after victories and defeats on both sides, was complete independence for the colonists. A personal … Continue reading Raise your children to be independent: It’s OK if its hard

5 quick truths about raising Christian kids in a non-Christian world

Written by Miriam Conner “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” —Romans 12:2 How do we teach our kids to be “salt and light”(Matthew 5:13–14) while not … Continue reading 5 quick truths about raising Christian kids in a non-Christian world

Is It Time for Our Kids to Have a Cell Phone?

By Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW Photo by Julia M Cameron from Pexels The purpose for having a phone contract is to make sure everyone in the family is on the same page and in agreement with cell phone expectations. The goals are to encourage relationship, conversation, and responsibility with and without devices. “Keep your … Continue reading Is It Time for Our Kids to Have a Cell Phone?

Teen Attitudes and Body Language

By Jill Savage Photo by Sandevil Sandhya from Pexels Our teens are quickly growing into the adults they will become. Help them respond respectfully, not emotionally. “Will you please empty the dishwasher?” I asked my 15-year-old son one afternoon after school. By the response I got, you would have thought I’d asked the boy to … Continue reading Teen Attitudes and Body Language