How to thrive as the parent of a sensitive teenager

My son has been quiet all afternoon.  Not in his usual introverted way—today he’s brooding. Slumpy.  I plop down beside him on the couch. “Okay,…


Freedom in Christ—a more enjoyable way to live

We've been preparing for our longest RV trip yet, which means making far too many pink and orange highlighted lists and checking them a gazillion…


How to avoid power struggles with your children

“I don’t want to take a nap! I am not tired! You are so unfair!”  “I am the only teen in the world who does not have social media! You are so…


Surrendering to God’s call

When God prompted us to adopt Joy three years ago, it came out of the blue—days before our twenty year wedding anniversary. For seven years, I’d…


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…


Engaging critical conversations about pornography

Hearing the word “porn” can make us want to shout “la la la la" with our fingers in our ears. But with the infiltration of pornography through the…


Two funerals and a wedding: 3 principles of grief in a stepfamily

It was a sunny Fourth of July weekend. Red roses and navy ribbons were the ideal backdrop for my fiancé, Robbie, and me to join in matrimony. With…


Pleasing God, not people

My friend and her husband were embarking on quite an adventure. They sensed God calling them to become a foster family, taking in children from…


A podcast for every parent

Did you know that Christian Parenting has a podcast network? The Christian Parenting Podcast Network curates the best parenting podcasts to help you…