When God Called Us to Adopt Teens

I clearly remember the moment I knew God was calling John and I to adopt a sibling group of older girls. God didn’t speak as through a megaphone. Instead, it was one small conversation—and more small thoughts—that built into an idea that I knew was from God. The thoughts first started as I mentored teen moms in the young mom support group I lead. A number of the young moms had aged out of foster care. With no family support, {Read More}

5 Things Your Daughter Should Know About Chasing Boys {by Kari Kampakis}

I love reading aloud to my older girls, and this year I came upon a book that we all loved! 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know by Kari Kampakis was one of our favorite reads of the year. I loved it so much that I asked Kari to write a guest post for my blog. If you have preteen or teen girls you don’t want to miss this book! There are certain things in life worth waiting for. A really awesome {Read More}

Teaching Teens To Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

As a mom of ten kids I’ve been though every stage (a few times!), and I have to say that the hardest, most confusing time for girls is the pre-teen and teen years. Between ages 12-16 girls’ bodies are changing, their emotions are charged, and on a scale from 1-10 their desire for peer approval is an 11.5! All the lessons that little girls soaked in during quiet time devotions about their value, worth and beauty dissipate as soon as {Read More}

14 Valuable Ways to Help Teen Moms

Young moms have a lot of needs. They’re still teenagers, yet they also have to balance school, a boyfriend, friends, parents, and sometimes work. As a teen mom I faced depression when I lost my boyfriend and most of my friends during my pregnancy. I dropped out of school and slept until noon. With each day that passed I put another brick on the wall I was building around my heart. Those bricks started tumbling when older women reached out {Read More}

How to Keep & Deepen Your Relationship With Your Teen Son

How to Keep & Deepen Your Relationship With Your Teen Son My 6-foot-tall son lumbers into the room and sinks onto the sofa. “So, I’ve been thinking about Chapter Two…” he says. I pause what I’m doing and we talk. We talk about fictional conflict, inciting incidents, and motivation—what the character wants more than anything. Nathan has just finished writing a novel and lately we’ve been chatting about that. I have six children and my relationship with each of them {Read More}

An Unexpected Life

  Growing up I liked to imagine what my future would be like. I imagined living in the small, California town that I grew up in. I pictured getting married, having a few children, and teaching elementary school. None of that came true. Not even close. Growing up I liked to imagine what my future would be like… None of that came true. @TriciaGoyer Click To Tweet Instead, I became a teen mom, having my son at age seventeen. Becoming {Read More}

3 Things Teens Wish Their Parents Remembered

3 Things Teens Wish Their Parents Remembered Remember what it was like to be a kid?   Take a few minutes and think back. It may help your parenting in ways you never expected. One of my favorite childhood memories is from Christmas when I was 12. I don’t remember many elaborate gifts. In fact I recall only one—a shiny, red tape-recorder with a microphone. Long after the presents were put away and the wrapping paper picked up, my family {Read More}

Why Your Older Kids Fight Your Teaching (And How To Fix That)

Why Your Older Kids Fight Your Teaching (And How To Fix That) I’m a mom of six children. I’ve been homeschooling eighteen years, and with three preschoolers, I have another eighteen years of homeschooling to go! Three of my children are adults. Cory is twenty-three years old, married, and he and Katie have a baby boy and one on the way. He’s a working man and a caring husband and father. Leslie is twenty and graduated from the University of {Read More}

Teens’ Bad Raps (And What You Can Do About It)

Teens’ Bad Raps (And What You Can Do About It) A few years ago I helped a family member purchase a money order to mail to her daughter who lives out-of-state. It seems her boyfriend kicked her out, and she’d been staying in a hotel. Unfortunately, she ran out of money, and her boss from the local diner had already fronted all he could. This person needed money quickly, and she didn’t know where else to turn. Around the same {Read More}

How You can Help Eliminate Teen Pregnancy

How You can Help Eliminate Teen Pregnancy Two questions are on our minds. If a teen finds herself pregnant are the parents to blame? Or should we point our fingers at the teen’s own bad choices? We ask because the issue hits home.  Parents, want to help eliminate #teenpregnancy? Take some tips from @TriciaGoyer: Click To Tweet If you don’t want your daughter to be one of the one million teen girls who find themselves pregnant every year, consider this: Be {Read More}

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