Teaching Gratitude

How many moms and dads will be telling their children to lie and say “thank you” when Grandma puts her famous green bean casserole on their plates…


Thankfulness is not a feeling

I have been sitting with my computer open in my lap for over an hour. I have typed and deleted. And typed some more—and deleted it again.  Seriously,…


Helping your child with lying

Did you know that honesty and truth telling are part of living a blessed life (Psalm 34:12–13)? But we still lie. Why is that? Often it’s because we…


Five ways to actually get God’s word into your heart

Reading the Bible can be intimidating. Sometimes I feel like I’m reading words that go in one eye and out the other. And at church, the words of the…


Raise the child you have, not the child you want

I have a friend who learned her daughter had cancer after her visit to the pediatrician when she was 2-years-old. Her blood work was off, and this…


Talking with your kids about dating and relationships

My daughter, Monica, came home one day after grammar school and announced, “When I see boys I want to hug them and kiss them.” Then the question,…


“How one simple practice changed the way I parent”

“What do you need to confess, Mommy?”  I rephrased my son’s question in my mind. What don’t I need to confess?  I didn’t realize that in teaching my…


Eyes wide, lights shine: Teaching your kids to see others

There is a saying I yell out the door each day to my kids ...it's “eyes wide, lights shine…”  We said it so much that the carpool lady then started…


Right thinking leads to right living

“I’ll pay anyone twenty dollars to memorize the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23.” Our family of six was sitting around the dinner table, having a…