• Freedom From Parenting Guilt

    Freedom From Parenting Guilt

    Like most parents I fear that I fall short with my children. I worry that I don’t have what it takes as a mom and that I could possibly ruin my one shot at this child rearing

  • 3 Ways To Screen Netflix (and other forms of entertainment)

    3 Ways To Screen Netflix (and other forms of entertainment)

    Yesterday I explained why the media diet your children are on is so important, but how do we know what is healthy when it comes to the entertainment they consume? The answer is that it's

  • Healthy Media Habits For Children

    Healthy Media Habits For Children

    Last week I blogged about the entertainment industry, 50 Shades of Grey and all that stuff (and there is a lot of STUFF). I really appreciate the tremendous amount of supportive feedback I got from

Keep Your Kids Inside When Mowing the Lawn

By | September 1st, 2015|Categories: Parenting Tips, Special Needs|Tags: , , , , |

Yesterday I mentioned Jude in my post about having a special needs child. While Jude has always been special, adorable, and loads of fun he wasn't born with any disabilities or particular medical issues. However,

Living in Holland (Thoughts From a Special Needs Mom)

By | August 31st, 2015|Categories: Motherhood, My Life, Parenting Tips, Special Needs, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

If you have a  child diagnosed with some form of special needs then you have probably come across the "Welcome To Holland" essay by Emily Perl Kingsley. Basically it compares the shock of finding out your

Ideas for Helping Kids With Daily Routines

By | August 27th, 2015|Categories: Parenting Tips, Schooling, Special Needs|Tags: , , , , , , , |

"Routines involve repetition.  Repetition involves predictability. Predictability involves stability. Stability involves security.  Kids crave routines because routines make kids feel safe and secure." - Maci Elkins When I was a new mom I read "Baby

3 Ways To Screen Netflix (and other forms of entertainment)

By | February 27th, 2015|Categories: Parenting Tips, Uncategorized|

Yesterday I explained why the media diet your children are on is so important, but how do we know what is healthy when it comes to the entertainment they consume? The answer is that it's

Healthy Media Habits For Children

By | February 26th, 2015|Categories: Parenting Tips, Uncategorized|

Last week I blogged about the entertainment industry, 50 Shades of Grey and all that stuff (and there is a lot of STUFF). I really appreciate the tremendous amount of supportive feedback I got from

1,2,3,4 I Declare a Nerf War

By | January 9th, 2015|Categories: Creativity, Family, Parenting Tips, Uncategorized|

Baby it's cold outside. I don't know about where you live, but it's 12 degrees out right now in the Cincinnati area and that's warm compared to what it's been. Twice this week my children

Be There

By | October 31st, 2014|Categories: Motherhood, Parenting Tips, Uncategorized|

I don't know about you but I've had a lot of teachable moments in the past 31 days and I'm sure my children can say the same. In a lot of ways I feel like

The Power of Words

By | October 28th, 2014|Categories: Parenting Tips, Uncategorized|

Along with naming your child and carrying an uplifting vision for their future we have to lay the ground work with the words that we speak. Teachable parenting means cultivating a loving and respectful environment

See Him. Name Him. Draw Him Out.

By | October 27th, 2014|Categories: Parenting Tips, Uncategorized|

Yesterday I talked about having a vision for our children. For me a big part of this process was revealed to me through the book Wild Things. They gave three key actions that lead you

Vision For Our Children

By | October 26th, 2014|Categories: Parenting Tips, Uncategorized|

When we lived in Texas we were part of ministry that reached out to “edgier” teens and young people through a coffee shop and music venue. One night some girls showed up in in clothing

Rites of Passage

By | October 25th, 2014|Categories: Parenting Tips, Uncategorized|

For the record my children are ages 7, 4, and 2. I know this series hasn’t gone too deep into parenting the tween years and up because I have zero experience with that age group,

Chores and Money

By | October 24th, 2014|Categories: Parenting Tips, Uncategorized|

Along with computer science and foreign language, finance is one of the unconventional elementary education subjects that I feel is overlooked and/or introduced far too late. I was raised by parents that would confess to making

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