To the lonely stay-at-home mom: 6 ways to cope with social isolation

To the lonely stay-at-home mom: 6 ways to cope with social isolation

Learning to cope with social isolation as a stay-at-home mom can create a heart of gratitude rather than despair. Some people are energized by…


3 Truths to demolish mom guilt

3 Truths to demolish mom guilt

“I hate you, you @*&!%” My 5-year-old daughter screamed at the nurse as she prepped the needle. Everyone in the room, including my husband and I,…


Stop negative self-talk

Stop negative self-talk

During parent night at our local junior high, the eighth-grade advanced English teacher explained his challenging, yet doable, curriculum. He ended…


Reach out and reconnect

Reach out and reconnect

My best lessons in friendship came during my loneliest season of friendship.  As a newlywed in a new city, I started at square one. I got invited to…


Manna in the margins

Becoming a mother came with a surprising level of mourning.  As I held onto the tangible joy of my first born and then second, I couldn’t deny the…


Learning to trust God with your adult children

Bible verses about trusting God are not in short supply.  As believers, we know the wisdom and truth behind placing our trust in God rather than…


Teaching kids about boundaries

Questions parents often ask (or maybe just wonder about):  How do I protect my child from all the “wolves in sheep’s clothing” in this world? How do…


Giving grace instead of advice

Keep the advice—I’ll take the sucker Sometimes mamas need help and advice. But all the time, they need grace.  Once upon a time, at Trader Joes, I…


Momming: Is great too much to ask?

In the filtered reality of social media, setting “great” as a standard for motherhood feels like a lot of added pressure.  But let’s be honest, no…