what good moms are supposed to do

What “good” moms are supposed to do

By the time our second child, Brett, came along, I was pretty sure I had the parenting thing all figured out since, you know, I’d been a mom for…


God who prepares a home for us

God who prepares a home for us

The topic of home brings me great delight and more than a bit of angst.  I believe we are designed to long for a home—a safe place, a shelter from…


Finding freedom from hurry

Finding freedom from hurry

The words were so full of the grace I craved, I nearly wept. I’d been reading Rowan Williams’ Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another,…


Tips for partnering with your child’s teacher

Tips for partnering with your child’s teacher

As a Christian parent, I believe all God’s children deserve a quality education. Not just my own three children (now grown!), but also my two…


Choosing gratitude

Choosing gratitude

“Ok, let’s all say what we’re grateful for,” my dad smiles in delight. It’s Thanksgiving Day, and we’re continuing our annual tradition. We slowly…


Parent Differently: Raise kids with biblical character that changes culture

Parent Differently: Raise kids with biblical character that changes culture

Is character really a big deal? For your children to develop biblical character, you need to pay attention to and address what they believe. I’ve…


Lay it down

Lay it down

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV). The evenings can be tough, especially if you’re an anxious person like me.…


Two ways anxiety affects parents

Two ways anxiety affects parents

In my thirty-plus years of counseling, I’ve never seen parents feel as much pressure or as much like failures as they do today. I’ve never had as…


Four tips for helping kids navigate friendship drama

Four tips for helping kids navigate friendship drama

“Mama, I had a problem with my friends at school today.” My daughter’s eyes flooded with tears. I pulled her onto the couch beside me, and she…