Recently I was chatting with a mother of a four-year-old. This four-year-old, according to others, has never heard the word “no.” Unusually bright, this child is a terror to be around. She is difficult to control, throws temper tantrums, and demands her own way. She does not like rules of any kind. Her parents are … Read More about Why It’s Important to Say ‘No’ to Your Kids
This summer I have several young friends getting married. Mostly millennials, these young women have been asking me for advice. I must seem terribly old to them, but it almost feels like yesterday when I too was walking down the aisle. I had no idea what was ahead and how much I would learn. As … Read More about 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Get Married
The “new” normal is no longer new. It’s very old. And getting older as headlines change daily. The news overwhelms us with pandemic fears, riots, protests, rumors of foreign and national conspiracies, natural disasters, and… until we are thoroughly depressed. Then there’s our family. We are tired of one another. Tired of being cooped up … Read More about How to Flourish in this Uncertain ‘New Normal’
We had 5 kids in 7 years including twins. Very quickly I realized I needed to run to God for help. I was desperate! The fast pace of our hectic schedules felt like a roaring train bearing down on our household. Homework, athletic practices, carpools, play dates, and summer schedules to plan. Varying emotions erupted … Read More about 5 Simple Steps to Pray Powerfully for Your Kids
This week I’m blogging over at Club31Women about how guilt and shame became my companions in my early years of motherhood — and how I learned to change my prayer when I felt like I was letting God down. Here’s a snippet: We had five kids in seven years. Six weeks after our twins were born (numbers … Read More about How to Pray When You Feel Like a Failure
Do you have conflict in your marriage? I hope the answer is yes, because that’s realistic. Every marriage has conflict. Did you know one source for conflict in your relationship may be your unrealistic expectations? Many of us — all of us! — go into marriage without really understanding what it will be like. Our … Read More about Ask Susan: How to Handle Conflict and Expectations in Marriage
Recently I posted a blog about being a mother–in-law (click here to read). It generated a lot of response, so I decided to probe a little deeper and sent a questionnaire to a number of friends, both mothers and daughters. I was after honesty and I got it! I asked 2 questions and received a … Read More about Mothers-in-Law and Daughters-in-Law: Women Share Their Hearts
I am so done with sheltering in place. I miss my friends. I’m tired of Zoom. I’m bored even though I have lots to do. I get crabby with my husband. And I don’t like me. I imagine you feel the same way . . . Especially if you have toddlers. You are going crazy being cooped up, … Read More about My Mother’s Day Gift to You: Help & Hope!