Ode to Christmas and New Year’s hope

The stockings that were hung by the chimney with care Are somewhere in the laundry with the underwear. The tree that shimmered with ornaments and…


Making memories with your family this Christmas

I remember as a young woman hearing an older woman say, “Don’t wait for memories to happen. Your most important memories will be made.” She went on…


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…


What Jesus Prayed For His “Kids”

The average person has about fifty thousand thoughts each day.  How many of those thoughts are about our kids? And how many of those thoughts do…


All Kids will Face a Goliath or Two

It’s our “parental instinct” to jump in between angry giants and our kids. After all, isn’t it our job to protect them from danger? That answer is…


Raising Kids to Leave

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…


Helping Kids Learn to Handle Anger

Everybody gets mad sometimes, and kids are no exception. Anger is natural, but learning how to handle anger will mean stepping away from what is…


Raising Patriots

Our kids are hearing a lot of rhetoric these days on the news, in school, around the dinner table, and even in church. Kids tend to believe what they…


Groundbreaking Pilot's Advice for Dads

Karen Borta, the CBS anchor, said, “I need a piece of paper. I have to write that down.” CBS had just finished airing a segment about Lou Freeman, a…