My seven-year-old blubbered as she cried in much shame and sadness, “Daddy, here, take this money!”  A bit puzzled, I asked, “Why are you giving…

Visuals over verbals

For better or worse, we’ve been spending a lot more time together as families.  As parents, we’re serving not only as moms and dads, but also as…


3 truths for the child (and mama) who need to know the plan

It does not matter what we are doing, my five-year-old daughter wants to know the plan.  Where are we going? What are we going to do? Why? Who’s…


Raise your children to be independent: It's ok if its hard

The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate our nation’s hard fought victory over Great Britain, ultimately allowing us the freedoms we enjoy today.…


What Is Your New Year’s Resolution?

I was very interested to hear the responses when our Sunday School teacher asked the class what our hopes and dreams were for the New Year. …


Balancing Busy with Bored

Why are so many movies remakes these days?  What are the J. K. Rowling-like books of your child’s generation?  When is the last time…


Raising Rule Benders, Breakers, and Believers

It’s hard to condemn the creativity. Let’s admit it. There is something in each of us that admires a person who pushes the boundaries just a bit.…


Living Selflessly in Our Selfie-Taking World

I have a love-hate relationship with our culture. On the one hand, as a licensed professional counselor and relationship junkie, I love observing…


How to Raise DIY Kids

How to Raise DIY Kids

Do you ever watch the news and see kids building robots, coding computers, or competing in sports and then wonder about your own kids—who are…