5 Tools to Help Your Teen Driver Stay Safe!

I’m not a big worrier as a parent. I don’t freak out over fevers or stay up at night fretting over my teens’ future choices. There is one thing I am concerned about though, and it keeps me on my knees: TEEN DRIVERS. The teen who leaves socks balled on the living room floor and peanut butter on the counter (constantly) is now in control of a moving vehicle, on busy roads, and must remember 10,934 rules of the road! {Read More}

Rules for Outings: The ABCs of Safety and Manners {+ FREE printable}

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made as a mom was to expect what I haven’t taught. I’d take my kids out and expect them to know not to ask the lady sitting next to us at the park for part of her lunch. Or expect them to know that they shouldn’t run and scream in a store or touch in an art museum. How WOULD my kids know that if I didn’t teach them? The teaching and training is {Read More}

30 Fun & FREE Summer Activities

School’s out for summer (or will be soon!) and so begins the frantic brainstorm of what to do with our kids without spending a fortune. With help from my Facebook followers and Pinterest, here are 30 fun and FREE things to do this summer with your kids: “Little bit” party Puzzles Explore your neighborhood Board games Attend movies in the park—Paul B. Take advantage of your local museums’ free days—Wendy H. Weed a community flower bed—Susan K. Take a factory {Read More}

Meditate on God’s Word | Psalm 1:2-3

Saturday Scripture Psalm 1:2-3 But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Prayer Dear heavenly Father, Lord, help me be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. May I delight {Read More}

Never Too Busy for Jesus

“Reverence for God adds hours to each day.” Proverbs 10:27 (TLB) At this moment, I’m preparing for a conference in South Africa, trying to stay on top of my writing, and I have TEN children, all in various stages of life. If I were to have an excuse not to take time to be with Jesus, this would be it. Staying up late every night until midnight, packing during the day and chasing kids around the house, you’d think I’d cherish every extra {Read More}

Does My Child Need Emotional Therapy?

I remember the first time I took my 5-year-old to the therapist’s office. I honestly thought it was going to be a waste of time. We were going to therapy because we were adopting from foster care and our DHS (Department of Human Services) worker suggested it. We were having BIG meltdowns and a lot of emotional issues. I knew we needed help; I just wasn’t sure we’d be able to find it. My doubts grew as I entered the {Read More}

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