6 Discipline Mistakes Parents Make | Ginger Hubbard

Do you find yourself threatening, repeating your instructions, or raising your voice in an attempt to get your children to obey? Are you frustrated because nothing seems to work? It could be that faulty child-training methods have snared your line of thinking. A quick bribe or mild threat looks appealing to a parent’s appetite for gaining control of a child, especially in a hurried situation. So, we take the bait — hook, line, and sinker. It’s not until later we {Read More}

Why Are Kids Impatient and Mouthy?

I sat in the doctor’s office and watched as another mom hurried in with two kids. She made sure to let the front desk clerk know she was early and expected to be able to get in right away. She also let them know (about a dozen times) that she wasn’t happy with having to fill out the necessary paperwork for herself and her kids. “I would have picked this up ahead of time, filled it all out, and made {Read More}

16 Ways to Offer Yourself Grace As a Mom

I don’t know about you, but I don’t need anyone to point out my flaws … because I’m a tough enough critic all by myself. It’s easy for me to see another mom and want to tell her, “It’s okay, you don’t have to be perfect. Don’t stress yourself out trying to be.” Yet I have a hard time speaking those words to myself. I always feel as if I can do better. Always. For so many years I woke {Read More}

Tiffany Bluhm Invites Readers to Experience Healing and Companionship

Enter below for a chance to win a copy of Tiffany Bluhm’s Never Alone. Winner will be e-mailed next week! Loneliness is on the rise in our society and impacting people of all ages. Research has shown that it increases stress and high blood pressure, weakens blood flow and immune systems, and is linked to mental disorders, depression, and even early death. It isn’t something to ignore, but rather it’s a signal for us to pay attention. Unfortunately, its negative {Read More}

Praying for Fruit; Waiting for Harvest | Hettie Brittz

Immediacy is one of my favorite things. I find deep happiness in a perky voice answering my call after only half a ring and in the same-day delivery option on Amazon. Wouldn’t parenting be a breeze if our efforts could bear same-day fruit? Imagine this: We’d call for generous sharing and – tadaaa! – our sons would offer their sisters half of their desert. Bliss. Well, I’ve tried teaching instantaneous good character, without success. When simply asking didn’t do it, {Read More}

The 6-Word Prayer that Transformed My Parenthood | Eryn Lynum

I’m not sure when I first whispered this plea to the Lord, but it must have been one of those times we parents face often, a moment dripping with fear and anxious thoughts. Six small words slipped off my lips. Little did I know how they’d be a constant companion to me in the following days and, I am sure, the coming years of raising my children. Fear is a too-familiar companion these days. It lurks around every corner, hunching {Read More}

She Says I’m Her Best Friend | Dawn Camp

It took 19 years of parenthood and seven other children before I gave birth to the one I call my mini-me. She arrived the year after my mother passed away, and we moved when she was six weeks old. If that wasn’t stressful enough, we owned two houses for seven months (we bought one before the other sold—never again!). During those long, hard months when I missed my mother fiercely and worried we would lose both homes, this tiny daughter {Read More}

Staying Calm When Dealing with Angry Kids

Why is my child so angry? My heart pounded as I asked the question. It thumped with fear. What if this doesn’t change? My mind raced with worry. What if I can’t control my child? Just as bad: What if—because of their anger—I can’t control myself? With each scream of my child’s lips and the pounding of fists on the tile floor, I felt myself losing control. My face flushed, my temperature rose, and my skin tingled. I’m angry, too. {Read More}

How to Shut Up the Accuser | Becky Harling

HOW TO SHUT UP THE ACCUSER Adapted from Who Do You Say That I AM? by Becky Harling (©2018). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. I felt upset, confused, and angry. I was in California getting ready to speak at a women’s conference but had just received an extremely critical email. The person writing the email had lashed out with many accusations over the fact that I was sharing my story. My head was spinning. I felt Satan hurling every insult {Read More}

Three Ways to Rekindle Romance | Rhonda Stoppe

“My husband and I haven’t been intimate in a long time, but he completely understands that homeschooling the kids is our priority right now,” said the woman at my book table. After forcing myself not to audibly gasp, I gently reminded her the Bible encourages married couples to come together regularly in the marriage bed, going so far as to warn us that too long of a season apart gives place to the devil. The woman assured me that they {Read More}

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