I’m so excited to be introducing this new blog feature today! When I speak around the country, the audience Q&A is always my favorite part. So I am starting a new feature here where I will be answering your questions via video a couple of times each month. If you have a question involving one of my favorite … Read More about Date Night: How to Make it Happen & What to Talk About
Few of us remember the days when a family sat down to dinner together. It was even a leisurely affair, marked by laughter, sharing of the day’s events, and mostly void of interruptions. Kids and parents stayed at the table until everyone was dismissed. It was a time of re-connecting. Today this sounds more like … Read More about Whatever Happened to Family Meals??
Recently a mom asked me what advice I would give her about allowances for her children and about the connection of allowances to family chores. It’s a good question and one I’ve heard repeated over the years by many moms. And it’s one we struggled with as we raised our five children. About Chores I … Read More about How to Handle Allowances and Chores
“She always gets to go first. You never let me…” If you’ve spent any time around kids, chances are you’ve heard something like that! Ever since Adam and Eve we’ve always wanted something we don’t have. Envy is a given. Jealousy is common. It is pretty blatant in our children but often we fail to … Read More about Confronting the Comparison Trap
Over the years I’ve found it so easy to get myself into the spirit of competing with my husband. Have you ever noticed that in your relationship? When I had little kids it usually came out when I met him at the front door as he came home from work. I’d have on my “spit-up-on” … Read More about Am I Competing with My Husband?
A few years ago I realized that often when I woke up and began to think about my day I became “down” or “discouraged.” There was no prevailing reason why, simply a feeling of dread followed by guilt for feeling this way. Mothers of young children don’t have the luxury of thinking before they get … Read More about How to Beat the Morning Blues
Recently John and I spent an evening with several friends. Our conversation revolved around the topic of parenting and one mom asked this question: What is the most important thing you can do for your kids and grandkids? It’s a great question, and it’s a question for young parents as well as grandparents. In a … Read More about What is the most important thing you can do for your kids and grandkids?
My friend Melody and I just completed our third big hike. After 2 years of hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail in the East, we decided to experience the West coast! Melody recently moved to the Seattle area so this was a good fit. This year our theme was, “Come and see what God has … Read More about My Third Big Hike: The Pacific Crest Trail—Mt. Rainier