Do you ever feel like you are up against a wall with one of your children? I do, sometimes. There are days when I find that no matter what I do, I cannot read one of my kids. I try to connect with them. I try to cajole, and I even try humor. (OK
Hey Mama, You’ve heard the saying about how when your kids are little, they step all over your feet, but when they become teens or young adults, they step all over your heart. Heart pain is far, far worse than foot pain. This is because of “the investment.” See, all these years you had
On Wednesdays this spring, I’m teaching the ladies at my church about personalities. It can be freeing, motivating, comforting, and challenging to learn how I am designed to reflect a particular splinter of God’s image—and so is each person in my life. Understanding personalities can be a huge way for me to both receive
Hey Mama, Right now it’s a frenzy. Feed them, house them, school them, disciple them. Clean, cook, answer calls, pay bills, show up, be available, clean up the crises. And there are plenty of those these days. Fast forward 10-20 years: You’re not young. But you have grandkids. Your children are still your life.
Homeschooling can be an all-encompassing, completely engrossing activity. Since you homeschool as well, I am sure you agree with me. Honestly, weren’t those first months of homeschooling the hardest of all? When I first began homeschooling my children, I was at it from before dawn until nearly midnight. Dinner suffered, the vacuum cleaner languished
Homeschool planning and documenting is a joy for me as a teacher. I tend to focus a lot of my time on creating checklists and developing new rules. It’s gratifying when they obey a rule or I check off a task. Yet, for spiritual development, rules and checklists must be short-term to developing habits
Do you ever feel like a broken record? I know I do. Some days I repeat myself a lot. There are times I feel like I just need to record messages and play them through a loud speaker for my kids to hear. So why do I do it? Why do I bother? It is
Throughout history, people groups have honored new stages of life. Back in Genesis, we read about the big party Abraham and Sarah hosted for Isaac’s weaning. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah is still a significant event in Jewish culture. Other cultures have had ceremonies ranging from haircuts to long pants, real coffee to debutant balls, each