No more pretending

This year has kicked everyone’s butts. Everyone. I can’t think of one person who’s exempt. As parents, many of us feel the pressure to tow this fine…


Follow the peace

I know I’ve been writing about anxiety a lot this year. But my goodness, it feels like I honestly can’t catch a break from it. It feels like the…


Making a toolbox for anxiety

Worry has been a constant companion of mine for as long as I can remember. And as much as I wished it away, it didn’t budge. So when my fourth grade…


How to Pray When You’re Feeling Depressed

Five Helpful Words Prayer is hard at the best of times, but it’s hardest during anxious or depressed times. During such seasons, most of us find it…


Telling children about the suicide death of a parent

The night before my husband chose to take his life, I heard Psalm 68:5: “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy…


When it happens in your family

There is a week in September that is dedicated to Suicide Prevention—just one week.  I used to think that it was something that happened to other…


13 Reasons Why Not

Several years ago, Netflix released the suicide-focused, teenage drama 13 Reasons Why.  Several studies came out later documenting a significant…


13 ways to build resilience in your children

As a kid, were you raised to explore, take small risks, and learn from your mistakes (like jumping from a tree might cause a broken arm)? If so, you…


Give yourself a break, Mom and Dad: We’re all just a little bit anxious

“Knock it off! The last thing we want to do is go to the hospital.” It was a simple plea for my kids to stop doing asinine things in the middle of…