How young is too young for my kids to have a boyfriend or girlfriend?

Dear Mattsons: How young is too young for my kids to have a boyfriend or girlfriend? What are suggested guidelines to put in place to help them build…


Overcoming the spirit of fear with children

Overcoming the spirit of fear with children

“What do you want the judge to decide in court tomorrow?” my daughter asked. “Whatever God wants, I want.” “But what do you think will happen?” “I…


Why judging other moms diminishes the power of the cross

Why judging other moms diminishes the power of the cross

The minivan sliding door of shame—it’s a thing. You know, when you drop off your kids at school with all humanity watching, the door slides open and…


Do I force my child to go to church?

Do I force my child to go to church?

On Sunday mornings you can find me serving in the children’s ministry. This past Sunday, I watched as a mom literally pulled her child into the…


How slowing down can make us better parents

How slowing down can make us better parents

Last December, I realized something had to change. Perhaps it was feeling pain grip my chest amid holding a crying, thirty-pound toddler, whisking a…


Characteristics of a godly father

Characteristics of a godly father

Where are all the fathers?  Such a simple question with myriad results and one resounding answer: fathers are not here, and neither are they there.…


Four ways to teach kids the power of words

Four ways to teach kids the incredible power of words

Our words have a profound impact on those around us. Whether we’re using our speech to build others up or pull them down, what comes out of our…


Why we don't say

Why we don't say "best friend"

Language is one of my favorite subjects to study and think about. I’ve always told my students that whoever owns the dictionary owns the culture. It…


Quick ways to invest in others when you are short on time

Quick ways to invest in others when you are short on time

This might bother or surprise some people, but I strive for “good enough” when it comes to  many areas of homemaking. My mantra is, “Just do the best…