Is Andi Mack Shaping Your Child’s Values?

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Terri Minsky was inspired to create the Disney show, Andi Mack, when she learned that Jack Nicholson was an adult when he found out the woman he thought was his sister was, in fact, his mother. The show was recently renewed for its third season and was voted 2017’s Top Rated Show for tween girls.…

Authenticity Anyone?

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The longer I walk this earth and parent and spend time with people, the more I realize how desperately we crave authenticity in our relationships. Stick with me for a minute on this. It’s easy to dismiss authenticity as just another one of those trendy words the millennials are throwing at us these days, like…

40,000 Reasons to Parent Your Child’s Thoughts

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My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow springs of life. Proverbs 4:20 Did you…

Five Lessons Our Kids Can Learn from the Kardashians

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For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses himself? Luke 9:25 Kim Kardashian’s newest baby, Chicago, was born via surrogate last week. I know: Who really cares, right? Like most people, I have a strong opinion about the Kardashians. But it’s likely not the same one that you do.…

Plan Your Marriage Mini-moon

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Every parent deserves some time away. Every child needs to know their parents are people too. It’s a win-win, so pack your bags. Or, if you have a preschooler, pack your bag. You probably won’t be gone long enough to need more than one.   Parents can have playdates too—and should. You probably spent a…

A Time To Rest (Said No Parent Ever)

“The Lord has placed each of us in a specific place or sphere of influence, and our job is to be absolutely faithful in that arena and let the Lord work from there.”2
I’ve never really been a fan of January. Something about the letdown after Christmas, my clothes not fitting, our bank account gasping, pine needles lingering—oh, and then there are the kids. Lord, bless them, but every single year they pull out all the stops after Christmas, and I’m left wondering where my husband has gone…

5 Essential Family Goals for the New Year

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Very few of us ever follows through on a New Year’s resolution. But maybe if we put our minds to it we could actually make a change or two over the long haul. Let me actually suggest five areas to work on to take your home to a higher plane this year. First, spend more…

Answering the Call

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Six hundred and twenty-three days. That’s one year, eight months, and thirteen days that have passed since the day we first received the Lord’s greatest blessing on our family. He came into our house as a foster baby, and on November 21, 2017, we will have the great blessing of adopting him into our family.…

Raising Kids to Leave

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The coupon arrived from the bed and bath store saying, “Campus Bound: 20% off your entire purchase.” I looked at mine and wondered who I should give it to this year. That store will be filled this month with extra-long twin sheets, mattress covers, shower caddies, and desk lamps. It is also filled with moms…