Parenting a Middle Schooler with Love

This morning, I sent my daughter off to middle school with a prayer and a kiss on her head. In the past 45 minutes, we laughed, hugged, fussed,…


Give Your Kids a Morning Makeover

I love a good makeover show. A couple buys a run-down house with good "bones." They gawk at the paneling and turn up their noses at the overgrown…


9 Books to Prepare You and Your Child for Middle School

My family embarked on the middle school adventure last year with some trepidation. We were already riding the emotional roller coaster of adolescence…


The Importance of Establishing Family Traditions

On Friday night, my kids never ask what’s for dinner or what we are doing. Somewhere along our family’s history, Friday was dubbed Pizza Movie Night.…


Encourage Your Child to Do Hard Things

Independence is budding at my house like the bright, yellow jonquils in the front yard. I have a toddler and a tween. Both ages are often…