6 Steps to Help You Grow in Love for Your Family

Do you struggle to really love your husband & children?Do you want to love your family more but feel you can't?    I've mentioned before that one of my daily prayers is that the Lord will teach me how to love my husband and children more like He loves them. While it's easy to lay the blame on my introverted-perfectionist qualities, the truth is, shortcomings and personality quirks aside, I often neglect to show the little people -- and even the big one -- in my life how much I love them like I … [Read more...]

Works in Progress: Our Children and Us

Photo Credit: mia3mom"Please take your shoes off and put them in the basket, Cora." "Cora, take off your shoes and put them up." "Go in your room and do not come out until your shoes are off and in their place." "Cora, why are your shoes still on your feet?" Finally, leading my two-year-old by the hand, I take her to the shoe basket in her room, kneel down, remove her shoes while she thrashes and protests, "I do it, Mama!" I chastise her for not listening and obeying the first time and am … [Read more...]

The Beauty of Boundaries: God’s Design for His Children

Ian BrittonRecently, I was talking to a friend who has a young child. She was expressing to me the challenges she has found in raising her son. As I listened, she described how she allows him "the freedom" to roam all over the house unrestricted, how she doesn't like disciplining him even though she knows he probably needs it, and how he doesn't have a set bedtime. I thought about the beauty of boundaries. Sure, raising children to be "free range" may be the latest trend, but is it really good … [Read more...]

Feeling Cheated? Why We Need to Change Our Attitude Toward the Challenging Child

Have you ever wondered why God gave you this child?   That question has weighed heavily on my mind lately as I reevaluate my expectations as a Mom and try to figure out the best ways to train our strong-willed children. When you go out to dinner as a family, do you notice that the families around you have young children who sit in their seats with their hands folded, politely eat their meals making minimal mess, and talk at a normal volume while their parents are enjoying a real … [Read more...]

Are You Suffering From Parent Burnout?

Frustrated MotherDo you find yourself yelling at your kids instead of calmly instructing them?Have snappy, sarcastic words become a normal part of your vocabulary?Do your children fear you, and I don't mean "fear" as in "respect"?Do they hit the deck when they see that look in your eyes?Are you ever afraid you just might lose it?If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions {FYI, I did}, then you just might be on the verge of parent burnout.In my previous post, I mentioned that one … [Read more...]

Parenting Isn’t for Cowards: Training Strong-Willed Children

 I just finished reading James Dobson's Parenting Isn't for Cowards. For the second time.Yes, we've been having a bit of trouble with our girls lately. Maybe it's the new baby. Maybe it's the fact that the bigger girls are now roomies. Maybe it's their ages. Or maybe it's the fact that they're both so strong-willed.Whatever it is, their whining, blatant disobedience, temper tantrums, and continual meltdowns have left their daddy and me desperate. Seriously, if there were such a thing as boot … [Read more...]