How fifteen minutes could save your relationship with your teen

This weekend something came up—once again—with one of our sons. It was an incident related to the way he treats one of his brothers, and honestly,…


Self-care tips for parents of special needs children

One weekend in the spring of 2014, my five-year-old son spiked a little fever. By Monday, that fever had jumped to 105 degrees, and he could barely…


Children Are Complex

One of our daughters has such a sweet, tender heart, and for a while that's all we saw in her. She served others, prayed for others, and read her…


Parenting overwhelmed children: Using God’s story to help navigate big emotions

My daughter Sophia is a perfect firstborn. She is thoughtful, attempts to do the right thing, and keeps it "together" to the outside world.  People…


The perfectly imperfect puzzle: Working with what God has given you today

I was laying in bed late one night, and I heard a message come in on my phone. It was from my fourteen-year-old daughter. The gist of it is that she…


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,…


Authenticity Anyone?

The longer I walk this earth and parent and spend time with people, the more I realize how desperately we crave authenticity in our relationships.…


If Your Teen Has Broken Your Heart

Heartbreak.  Of all the things on my “no fun” list, heartbreak sure takes a top spot.  I was reminded of the intensity of teenage love…


How to calm your anxious teen (and yourself)

When my kids were younger, I remember being very excited when summer was coming to an end. At that stage of my life, in the trenches of raising…