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Video: Preparing Your Kids to Fly

Video: Preparing Your Kids to Fly

My 14-year-old flew across the country alone for the first time this week. With a connection in Chicago. Without a phone. Oh yeah baby, he did just great. Here are some tips about sending your kids off to fly solo – both literally and figuratively. It’s...
Parents Rising Manifesto

Parents Rising Manifesto

NEW!!!  Parent Rising Video Series just released If you are like me, you may need a mid-summer parenting pep talk about now! When I go to the grocery store, I overhear parents (with many children in tow) saying things like, “Yep, I’m ready for school to...
Podcast: Dare to Hope with Melissa Spoelstra

Podcast: Dare to Hope with Melissa Spoelstra

Download the podcast on iTunes or listen here: Do you ever feel hopeless as a parent? When you look around at the world our kids are growing up in, it can be easy to become discouraged. But when we fix our eyes on Jesus, everything can change! Today’s podcast...
Podcast: Dr. Kathy Koch Starts with the Heart

Podcast: Dr. Kathy Koch Starts with the Heart

Download the podcast on iTunes or listen here: Are you stuck fighting the same battles with your kids over and over?  Do your kids seem utterly unmotivated to do things like homework and chores?  Join the club and let Dr. Kathy Koch give you a good pep talk to get...
Video:  Feeling discouraged as a mom?

Video: Feeling discouraged as a mom?

It’s easy to feel discouraged as a mom. Ironically, I have been trying to complete this post for the past 30 minutes and have experienced all sorts of problems embedding this video! Yes, our tasks can be discouraging! We might feel… Overwhelmed by our...
Video: For many kids, friendship is the cure

Video: For many kids, friendship is the cure

I attended the excellent Learning and the Brain conference in NYC last weekend, and wanted to share something I learned. Many of our kids are anxious, depressed or struggling in social situations. How can we help them? In one word…FRIENDSHIP! For many kids,...
Video: Screen Time Battles: Parents vs. Grandparents

Video: Screen Time Battles: Parents vs. Grandparents

Do you every have screen time battles, not with your kids, but with your parents? Maybe you’re not happy that your mom has just bought your child a new iPad. Maybe you’re concerned about the amount of TV your child watches at grandma and grandpa’s....
Video: How to Make the Weekend Actually Relaxing

Video: How to Make the Weekend Actually Relaxing

Are you just as tired on Monday morning as you were on Friday afternoon? The weekend is supposed to be rejuvenating and relaxing, but sometimes, it can be either too jam packed with activities or too mind numbing consuming TV, social media, and video games. In this...
Video: When Your Child is Disappointed

Video: When Your Child is Disappointed

My conscientious daughter Lucy had a rough morning today.  She could not find her student council t-shirt which she was supposed to wear.  She remembers it being in her drawer…and after looking and looking and looking for it, neither she or I could find it. It...
Things to Include in an Apology to Your Child

Things to Include in an Apology to Your Child

I have a pretty good track record with remembering to pick up my kids from school, but this semester, I broke my “perfect pick up” streak.  I thought my daughter had biked in to school, but we went with the car.  (Duh!  I dropped her off at school...
Video:  Chores and Your Child

Video: Chores and Your Child

Are chores part of the daily routine for your kids? Sometimes we moms can become more like maids and our children like houseguests! It does not, nor should not, be that way!  We are a team as a family, taking care of our home together because the tasks are much easier...
Video: Pressing Pause on Anger

Video: Pressing Pause on Anger

What happens when you tell your child to turn off the TV for dinnertime? That it’s time for chores? That you won’t buy that candy bar she’s begging you for? Angry outbursts are pretty common in everyday life – whether the venom is directed at...
Video:  Help!  I’m Worried about My Kids

Video: Help! I’m Worried about My Kids

A few weeks ago, Lucy fractured her ankle.  I worry she might trip again.  I worried because she couldn’t participate in this weekend’s family ski getaway (I happily stayed with her, off the mountain). While Lucy hobbled around in her boot, her sister...