Category Archives: Parenting

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The Purpose of Motherhood

With the sun in my eyes, windows rolled down, and radio cranked high I belted out the words to Crystal Lewis’ song along with her, believing every word was true. “I will go wherever you lead,be light in the dark, and be salt in the street.I will go, no matter the cost.I will live for… Read More »

4 Ways Frazzled Moms Can Survive the Next School Year

For some less than perfect, unorganized moms, the return to school brings more than the average level of stress and yes, even dread. I don’t know when the descent took place, but somewhere between Generation X and millennial movement, school has become so much more involved for parents, and so much more complex than it… Read More »

How to Pray for Your Daughter’s Future Husband

Sometimes I wish life had a pause button. I would use it after dinner when we have our family dance parties or game nights. I would point the remote toward my daughter when she plays teacher with her stuffed animals or rides her bike on the road behind our house. Watching your children grow is… Read More »

Why Back to School is for All of Us

I don’t want to spoil your day, but the summer is almost over. Lazy mornings spent sleeping in and lazy evenings spent by the pool are over. Fresh stocks of paper, glue, and other necessary supplies sit ready to be deployed in the service of the mind. Restless kids and tired parents are ready to… Read More »

How Can I Help My Child Grow as a Christian?

By God’s grace, we have seen one of our daughters come to faith in Jesus and will be baptizing her in a few weeks. For the first nine years of her life, the major question in how we raised her has been how we can help her see her need for Jesus. Now, the question… Read More »

5 Keys to Raising “Good” Kids

On the first day of summer, our family traveled to Walnut, North Carolina. There we embarked on an all-day whitewater rafting excursion down the French Broad River. Before boarding our raft, my husband, children, and I were drilled on the importance of listening to and obeying our guide. We would paddle when Grier the guide… Read More »

Why Does God Expect So Much of Moms?

I didn’t plan to have a fourth child. Life was stressful enough parenting three, teaching school, and settling in from a recent move. In my eyes, I couldn’t handle another kid. The timing was lousy. What was God thinking? Even though I already loved the child growing in my womb, I stewed for nine months.… Read More »

10 Things Not to Say to Your Adult Children

Millenials. Emotions may be triggered by that one word for many. May I pose a question? Do you realize they are our legacy? The babe that babbles The two year old that toddles and tumbles The teen that tests limits – and tempts fate The young adult – the millennial – that begins “adulting” The… Read More »

6 Ways Parents Can Teach Children Scripture

I’ve been volunteering in my Church Sunday school for almost seven years now. I won’t lie, it’s been tough work. Shepherding children means you have to be prepared for anything. You’ll face tears, runny noses, the occasional skinned knee, and so much more. It’s all worth it though, because you get to be a significant… Read More »

10 Things You Should Say to Your Parents

What do you think of when you think about your parents? Some of us immediately think of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. This is because those are the two days out of the year that we really focus on our parents and all they have done for us. It’s easy to take them for granted… Read More »

A Prayer for Your Son to Meet a Godly Wife

I watched him wander over to the other preschoolers on the playground. That’s the same little girl who refused to play with him yesterday. The thought made me want to swoop in to the rescue before he ventured back to the same situation. But I knew this was a chance for him to grow and… Read More »

Surprising Ways to Help College Students Thrive

During high school, Blair Middlebrook never experienced much depth of connection with her friends or with God. This deficiency of connection, along with her high-achieving personality, made her vulnerable to the stress that comes with attending college, especially an academically-challenging one like the school she chose to attend, Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth,… Read More »

6 Rules for Dating as a Single Mom

Oh, the ol’ bugaboo of dating as a single mom. Should you? Shouldn’t you? It’s a tough question that requires a great deal of thought. There is a line of thinking among some Christians that all dating is wrong and leads to heartache, so the only dating should be “courting” with the intent to marry.… Read More »

The #1 Lie Your Kids are Learning from the World

Think about everything your kids are exposed to in the media, school, from their friends, and the culture at large. You can probably think of quite a few negative things you wish they hadn’t been exposed to, but there’s an underlying link to them all. Youth pastors, Christian teachers, and parents are all in the… Read More »

6 Unpopular Truths Daughters Need to Learn from Their Fathers

There’s a lot of pressure on fathers.  In an article for Huffington Post, Dr. Gail Gross writes, “Fathers are central to the emotional well-being of their children. Studies show that if your child’s father is affectionate, supportive, and involved, he can contribute greatly to your child’s cognitive, language, and social development, as well as academic… Read More »

What to Do with Painful Rejection

From the Team: We know your generation, more than any before, is being pummeled with messages about sexuality, specifically, same sex-attraction and behavior. We want to fearlessly but carefully point you toward God’s truth on these issues, so we’ve recruited the help of a friend of the blog, Laurie Krieg. Laurie has a personal connection… Read More »

How to Get Your Digital Kids Outdoors

Like many parents of today, I practically grew up outside. Unless the weather was horrible (and sometimes when it was!) I was out in the yard, the neighbor’s yard, the park, or the vacant lot. I ran, climbed, explored, skinned my knees, and used my imagination. It’s natural, then, for parents to cringe when we… Read More »

4 Things a Single Mom Needs to Consider before Getting Married

I was married to my first husband for 10 years. He was my high school sweetheart. We later reunited after college. Together we brought two wonderful children into this world, Jason and Sara. Today they are both happily married with children—all of which I am extremely grateful for.  However, when they were two and four,… Read More »

Summer Camps for Kids: Yay or Nay?

In simply reading the title of this article, I imagine there are two “camps” of people on either side of the spectrum (no pun intended). One group is probably shouting, “Yay! Summer camp all the way!” While the rest is saying, “Nay! I’ll not be sending my kid to camp—now or ever!” I suppose I’m… Read More »

8 Tips to Foster Resilience in Your Kids

Growing up, my mother always told me that life wasn’t fair.  Aside from the truth that Jesus loves me, this may have been one of her greatest gifts to me. It seems that so much energy is wasted trying to make every aspect of every moment “fair” for our children that we never teach them… Read More »

The Need for Fathers

“Mommy, where do daddies come from?” In some cases, this hard question supplants the awkward query “Where do babies come from?” Mothers are sometimes stumped in their efforts to explain where daddies come from, especially when the father is absent in a child’s life. It seems that fathers, instead of being the cornerstone of the… Read More »

10 Things to Say to Your Adult Child

We yearn to have children and commit to parenting them to become more than just good kids. We invest our time to help them become contributing adults who love their Lord Jesus and others. So what do our millennial (or even older!) children need to hear? Does it really matter? Will it make a difference?… Read More »