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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...
Video:  Money + Marriage

Video: Money + Marriage

Do you and your spouse argue about money? Maybe one of you goes to Starbucks too often, or the other wants to spend more money on electronics or eating out. I interviewed Scott and Bethany Palmer, the Money Couple about the money personalities in my book 31 Days to a...
The Romance of Remembering

The Romance of Remembering

A special welcome to my Proverbs 31 friends! How can we keep romance alive and well in our marriages? My husband James and I tied the knot over 20 years ago.  It was supposed to rain on my wedding day, but thankfully it didn’t on that January day in Virginia....
Video: One Minute to Improve Your Marriage

Video: One Minute to Improve Your Marriage

Welcome to February…the month of Valentines and romance! In this weekly FB live video, I share one way James and I are cranking up the romance factor in the marriage. It was his idea…a kissing chart! One passionate daily kiss can do wonders to glue two...
Airing today on Focus on the Family

Airing today on Focus on the Family

What a joy today to be featured on one of my favorite radio programs Focus on the Family! Hosts Jim Daly and John Fuller do a stellar job making guests feel at home and bringing helpful information to families every day.  We are talking about the ideas in my book...
Video: Raising Givers, Not Takers

Video: Raising Givers, Not Takers

Does it ever feel like you are the one doing the giving, and everyone else in the family is doing the taking? Here are three tips from my book 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom to teach your kids the joy of giving: (1) Teach them empathy for others (2) Participate in...