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When Isolation is Actually Good

When Isolation is Actually Good

I’ve been going to a neighborhood spin class for more than 13 years now.  In class today, my instructor yelled, “ISOLATE!” What did she mean by that? Did she want me to go back home and sit alone in my room?  No, of course not (although that would have been nice!)....
Back to School

Back to School

This morning, the breakfast table was strangely quiet. Just three years ago, my three kids sat around the breakfast table in a beehive of activity and chatter.  Then when my oldest went to middle school (which started one hour before elementary school), that left my...
Celebrating the American Dream

Celebrating the American Dream

Living in America is a wonderful privilege and one that we should be constantly grateful for. We have clean water to drink and proper sanitation.  We are not assigned a job. We are not jailed or beaten for being a certain religion. We are free to hold onto our...
Connect with Other Moms Through Prayer

Connect with Other Moms Through Prayer

A special welcome to my Proverbs 31 friends!  (you can read my devotion from today here) Do you want to discover how to connect with others moms through prayer? Praying for your kids is one of the best things you can do yourself…and with other women. Maybe...
Video Tip: Do this Free Summer Activity

Video Tip: Do this Free Summer Activity

One of our favorite free activities in the summer is going to the library! Your kids can stock up on books and DVDs to watch together as a family.  You can also look for my books at the library.  The titles that my local library stocks are Growing Up Social and 31...
Parents Rising Video Series is Here!

Parents Rising Video Series is Here!

I have often wanted to create video messages to accompany my books.  I’m happy to present my first set of complete video sessions for my newest book Parents Rising: 8 Strategies for Raising Kids Who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What’s Right. ...
What Memorial Day Means to My Son

What Memorial Day Means to My Son

My son Ethan wrote this essay and I thought it would be neat to share something from the eyes of a middle schooler.  What our young men learn about the values and history of our country will have a tremendous impact on the future of America.   What Memorial Day Means...
The Mom’s Powerful Prayer

The Mom’s Powerful Prayer

A special welcome to my friends from Proverbs 31! Good news:  we are not left alone to parent our children.  God has gifted us with prayer – a way to communicate directly to the Most High God! I hope you’ll be encouraged by the mom’s powerful prayer...
Why You Love Being a Mom

Why You Love Being a Mom

Why do you love being a mom? Many times, we talk about the hard parts of being a mom.  The endless diapers and wipes, sleepless nights, sibling rivalry, piles of laundry, sassy teens, and goodness, what in the world am I serving for dinner tonight? Sometimes we need a...
Video:  4 quick tips to help your kids obey

Video: 4 quick tips to help your kids obey

Would you like to go to the grocery store without a meltdown? Would it be refreshing to have kids who obey what you say? Here are 4 quick tips to help your kids obey. These ideas and more can be found in come Parents Rising: 8 Strategies for Raising Kids Who Love God,...
What’s Your Top Parenting Problem?

What’s Your Top Parenting Problem?

What’s your top parenting problem? Parenting can seem like an uphill lonely battle some days, but your struggle is not unique.  I know in the moment, you may feel like your child is the only one to ________ (fill in the blank).  But you probably only have to...
Parenting is Not a Democracy

Parenting is Not a Democracy

Parenting is not a democracy.  My husband James has joked it’s more like a benevolent dictatorship! I’m not saying you shouldn’t consider your children’s opinions and preferences. I’m not saying the family meeting doesn’t have a...
Why Did I Write Parents Rising?

Why Did I Write Parents Rising?

I was sitting upstairs when my kitchen timer downstairs started beeping.  At first I ignored it.  I figured it would eventually stop beeping. But after my concentration had been hijacked for too long, I ran downstairs to turn it off. That’s a word picture of why...
We Must Connect and Disconnect

We Must Connect and Disconnect

The Connect Movie produced by Kirk Cameron comes out today. I will be in the theater tonight watching and praying that millions of parents will eventually see this important film about the dangerous effects of technology and particularly social media on our kids....