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Kids, Family, & Parenting

Building Kids' Character in a Culture of Plenty

Building Kids' Character in a Culture of Plenty

Ever worry about building your kids' character in a culture of plenty? Ever wonder if the deck is stacked against you when times aren't tough enough? Learn how you can build character in the heart of your child.


Accepting Our Postpartum Bodies

Accepting Our Postpartum Bodies

After the birth of my son, I was heavy laden with postpartum shame. I sat sullen on the couch, nursing my babe, sadly, softly repeating these words in my head... “I’m so fat.”


Turn Good Lunchboxes into Great Lunchboxes

Turn Good Lunchboxes into Great Lunchboxes

Here are five easy tips to help families pack a healthier lunch, and turn a good lunchbox into a great lunchbox!


Learning How to Love the Unlovable Child

Learning How to Love the Unlovable Child

If I’m being honest there were times in my early years as a stepmom that I didn’t even like my stepsons, much less love them.


Easter Gifts that Inspire: Children's gifts that encourage creative play

Easter Gifts that Inspire: Children's gifts that encourage creative play

Easter can become a real sugar-coated occasion. Instead of giving your child sugar-laden marshmallow chicks and giant chocolate bunnies, use this special holiday as a way to give better-for-you gifts that stimulate their little brain and inspire creativity.


When Kids Write Scripts for Grownups

When Kids Write Scripts for Grownups

Tired of the same old junk Hollywood keeps giving us? Here’s a simple solution. Find a kid, and let them write the script. Have their parents act it out. Dub the kids’ voices over their parents. You’ve got a cinematic masterpiece! Guaranteed.


"Just" a Homemaker?

"Just" a Homemaker?

Do you feel you have to apologize for your decision to be a keeper of your home? Find encouragement and pride in doing what you do for your family...and our future!


Change Your Kids for the Better – Fast!

Change Your Kids for the Better – Fast!

If your kids regularly embarrass and frustrate you with their disrespect and rebellion, you may think you're fighting a losing battle with them. But you can win their respect – and quickly, too – without a futile power struggle.


Kid-Friendly Snacks to Nourish Mind and Tummy

Kid-Friendly Snacks to Nourish Mind and Tummy

Parents don't often encourage their children to play with their food. However, when snack time offers the opportunity to nourish both the body and the mind, that's a treat any parent would be glad to serve their little ones.


The Power of a Praying Mom

The Power of a Praying Mom

Moms, whether you are dreaming, standing before God in scary vulnerability, or just trying to listen and get it right, we have a powerful tool at our disposal: prayer.


Allowances, Chores and Teaching Stewardship

Allowances, Chores and Teaching Stewardship

Should you give your child an allowance? Should it be connected to chores? Financial and parenting expert Shane Barkley addresses the differing approaches to teaching kids money management skills.


Parenting with an Eternal Perspective

Parenting with an Eternal Perspective

Every person, good and evil, believer and apathetic, was once a cute, laughing, helpless baby. I looked into my son’s eyes and asked God, “Please help us raise him to love You!”


Healthy and Delicious Snacks for Kids

Healthy and Delicious Snacks for Kids

When it comes to snacks, the best options are those that combine great taste with good nutrition. With some simple tweaks, it can be easy for parents to provide an enjoyable snack that also delivers the essential nutrients kids need. Here are a few tips for your next snack time


PJs in Church

PJs in Church

To the moms and dad who bring their kids to church in pajamas--I raise my coffee to you.


"Parent" is a Verb

"Parent" is a Verb

If a father is first in his family to become a follower of Jesus, 93% of the time his family will follow suit. Wow. What influence!


Child's Play: How Imaginative Play Benefits Your Child

Child's Play: How Imaginative Play Benefits Your Child

Children who engage in imaginative or pretend play instead of never-ending technology & media are offered a stress-free environment where their dreams have no boundary.
Learn how you can foster a "sky's-the-limit" world for your child to explore and learn in.


Little Mimics: Children Look to Mom and Dad

Little Mimics: Children Look to Mom and Dad

Parents lead by example and a child’s moral legacy will be influenced more by what the parent does and speaks than any other influence.


Amy Barnes - "Stuff That Is Totally Legal To Do To Your Kids"

Amy Barnes - "Stuff That Is Totally Legal To Do To Your Kids"

In these times in which we live, it can be a challenge to discipline your kids.  Well, Stand-Up Comedian Amy Barnes Parodies Jason Mraz With A Song About Disciplining Your Kids That Every Parent Must Hear.


Baby Girl Laughs Hysterically at Dog Eating Popcorn

Baby Girl Laughs Hysterically at Dog Eating Popcorn

This baby girl's laugh is downright infectious! She obviously gets a huge kick out of watching her pup wolf down some popcorn!


On Loving Those Teenage Girls

On Loving Those Teenage Girls

I wish I could give a list of guaranteed ways to win the heart of a teenager, but we all know there are no such guarantees.


Encouraging Your Daughter to Dream

Encouraging Your Daughter to Dream

By watching and praying for wisdom, we can be there to be the wind beneath her wings when it's time for her to fly.


Five Adventures to Strengthen Your Family Ties

Five Adventures to Strengthen Your Family Ties

When was the last time your family went on a real family adventure? Not a stroll to the mailbox, but a real getaway!? Here are some ideas for bringing your family together on a common journey that will be a lasting memory!


Sweet Dog Watches Over Precious Boy with Down Syndrome

Sweet Dog Watches Over Precious Boy with Down Syndrome

This sweet doggie wants so badly to make friends with this precious little boy with Down Syndrome. Your heart will melt away as as you get a glimpse of their special bond.


Two Sisters Are Overwhelmed With Joy at Some Great News!

Two Sisters Are Overwhelmed With Joy at Some Great News!

A young couple told their precious little girls wonderful news...and they couldn't have gotten sweeter reactions!  Watch, as these little girls become beyond excited about this special news.


Fun, Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

Fun, Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

The daily routine of packing foods for lunchtime may seem boring, but the food inside those lunchboxes doesn't have to be. Consider your students' personality when planning school lunches. 


Six Simple Ways to Optimize Your Mornings

Six Simple Ways to Optimize Your Mornings

Even the most chipper of morning people can sometimes wake up groggy and tired - your kids too.  There are, however, things you can do to brighten up mornings in your kitchen.


Giving Your Daughter the Gift of Your Time

Giving Your Daughter the Gift of Your Time

The decision to make time for my daughter remains the best parenting decision I've made, and it's why she and I are close today.


Become Your Daughter's Inspiration

Become Your Daughter's Inspiration

Young girls swoon today over pop group One Direction. What if I told you that you could have that kind of influence in your daughter's life?


Hilarious Little Boy Sneaks Food While Mommy Says Grace

Hilarious Little Boy Sneaks Food While Mommy Says Grace

Normally when we say our Grace before a meal it is a relatively short prayer, but his little munchkin couldn't make it past the first line. At the rate he is going, he may be finished his food before "Amen" !


Get the Sleep Your Family Needs

Get the Sleep Your Family Needs

If you're not getting the sleep you need, your body, mind, and spirit can all suffer as a result, making it difficult to sustain healthy family relationships. So get the sleep your family needs. Here's how!


10 Gifts New Moms Actually Need

10 Gifts New Moms Actually Need

If you have the pleasure, and great responsibility, of caring for a new mama, I’d like to share some special gifts you might not find on her registry, but I guarantee they are 10 unique gifts she actually needs


Motherhood is Learning to Let Go

Motherhood is Learning to Let Go

God places babies between our arms and beneath our hearts, and we cradle them safely there, but soon the letting go begins.

Grab a tissue before you read this very touching essay.


Turn Good Lunchboxes into Great Lunchboxes

Turn Good Lunchboxes into Great Lunchboxes

Here are five easy tips to help families pack a healthier lunch, and turn a good lunchbox into a great lunchbox!


Praying For Your Future Children

Praying For Your Future Children

Whether you're single, engaged, or married, we have this incredible privilege to pray for our future children and who he or she will become!


Improve Your Child's Vocabulary

Improve Your Child's Vocabulary

While a fondness for reading can come naturally, for some children, it can be difficult to get started. Now that school is starting, you can encourage a love of reading - and help expand your child's vocabulary as they grow using these simple tips.


Loving “Those People”: Keeping Your Marriage Strong in a Blended Family

Loving “Those People”: Keeping Your Marriage Strong in a Blended Family

When you and your spouse vowed to love, honor and cherish one another, a new parenting team was created. Without the luxury of a playbook, you didn't have options spelled out to overcome the obstacles.


Parenting with an Eternal Perspective

Parenting with an Eternal Perspective

Every person, good and evil, believer and apathetic, was once a cute, laughing, helpless baby. I looked into my son’s eyes and asked God, “Please help us raise him to love You!”


How to be an Intentional Parent

How to be an Intentional Parent

Parenting can be so busy that you fall into a pattern of simply reacting to what’s going on around you. But that's not God's best!


Take a Break from Technology

Take a Break from Technology

As access to technology increases, families may find they are spending more time on their devices and less time together.


FREE Summer Activities to Make your Kids Smarter!

FREE Summer Activities to Make your Kids Smarter!

Yep, we’re in the middle of those lazy dog days of summer. But if you’ve got kids at home, there’s no laziness involved! They want to be active, and you want to engage their rapidly forming brains. Right?
So check out these fun yet practical ways to engage your kids' brains.


9 Reasons Why Dinnertime Should Be Family Time

9 Reasons Why Dinnertime Should Be Family Time

More and more families are making the intentional effort to have regular, family-mealtimes. Here are eight reasons why doing so is a great idea.


Tips for Connecting with Your Kids

Tips for Connecting with Your Kids

With our hectic lifestyles now defined as "the new normal," it is essential to pause and enjoy the simple, joyful everyday moments with our children.  Here are some ways to make the most of those times.


Why Can’t They Just Get Along? How to Help Siblings Become Friends Instead of Enemies

Why Can’t They Just Get Along? How to Help Siblings Become Friends Instead of Enemies

Sibling conflict is unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean it has to throw your household into constant chaos.


Can Your Child Go to Camp Alone?

Can Your Child Go to Camp Alone?

When the weather turns warm, people start thinking about sending their kids to camp. But many parents get cold feet, unsure if their child is ready for an experience like summer camp. Here are some pointers to find out if your child is ready.


Pregnancy and Feeling Insecure

Pregnancy and Feeling Insecure

The last five months of pregnancy haven’t been easy. On top of dealing with nausea and food aversions and other lovely pregnancy symptoms, I also battle a lack of confidence.


Two Sisters Are Overwhelmed With Joy at Some Great News!

Two Sisters Are Overwhelmed With Joy at Some Great News!

A young couple told their precious little girls wonderful news...and they couldn't have gotten sweeter reactions!  Watch, as these little girls become beyond excited about this special news.


FREE Summer Reading Programs

FREE Summer Reading Programs

School is almost out for the summer, so make sure a strong reading program is part of your child's summer!

Here is a huge list of FREE Summer Reading Programs; many that your children can take advantage of to earn FREE books, prizes, and cash!


What Makes a Mom "Real?"

What Makes a Mom "Real?"

"What Makes a Mom Real?" you ask. Good question . . . one that isn't easily answered. And yet, there is a way to remember the 8 key attributes of "real moms."


How to Create Your Vacation Plans

How to Create Your Vacation Plans

Do you dream about experiences you'd like to have with your family? Then grab a piece of paper...


When Our Children Reflect the Gospel

When Our Children Reflect the Gospel

God loves children and He uses them to teach the older and the aged the very life lessons we try so hard to teach the young.  You'll be surprised and blessed to see how many ways God teaches us about faith through those little one's eyes.


Running on Empty? Find Your Reason to Get Out of Bed

Running on Empty? Find Your Reason to Get Out of Bed

When life starts to feel like drudgery, we must "number our days" so we can live wisely.


Create the Home Your Family Needs

Create the Home Your Family Needs

Every day, you have incredible opportunities to influence the next generation through your work as a mom. Find out how you can make the most of those opportunities by creating a loving and secure environment for your family at home.


2 Year-Old Bedtime Bandit - You'll Never Guess What He Steals!

2 Year-Old Bedtime Bandit - You'll Never Guess What He Steals!

Leaving his parents clueless to how this 2 year-old was getting in his sisters room at night, they set up a hidden camera...and they were surprised at what they saw! How cute!


Video: Adorable Flower Girl Makes an Unforgettable Entrance

Video: Adorable Flower Girl Makes an Unforgettable Entrance

This little flower girl makes an entrance that NO one will forget. :) It's hilarious!!!


The Date or Not-to-Date Debate

The Date or Not-to-Date Debate

Ask ten committed Christians their philosophy on dating, and you're likely to get ten different answers. Should they "kiss dating goodbye" or "give dating a chance?" One thing that all ten of those Christians likely would agree on: Our culture's model of dating is not a healthy model for Christians. Get some wise insight on what's the right thing for you and your teens.


10 Ways to Reconnect After Baby

10 Ways to Reconnect After Baby

“First comes love, then comes marriage. Then comes the baby in the baby carriage.”  But after baby, what happens to love and marriage? If you’ve made that transition from married to married with kids, you know that reconnecting as a couple is difficult to maneuver.
Here are some tips to get you through the first weeks, months (and maybe years) of child-rearing.


Domestic Disorder

Domestic Disorder

What do you do when you're torn between cleaning the ever-dustier, ever-dirtier house you live in - and nurturing, teaching, and parenting those precious little sweeties?  Is there a solution or middle ground between a clean house and successful parenting?


When Parenting Feels Lonely

When Parenting Feels Lonely

Being a new mom can feel so fulfilling....and lonely.  What can you do when God gives you the gift of children, yet you feel so empty inside?


The Stress and Strain of Being Supermom

The Stress and Strain of Being Supermom

A new study shows that "supermoms" who believe they can juggle children, home, husband, career and volunteer work perfectly end up more stressed. Does that describe you?


Keeping Kids and Teens Tobacco-Free

Keeping Kids and Teens Tobacco-Free

The teen years bring plenty of changes for students, as well as new worries for parents. Smoking is at the top of that list for many parents.
But here are some concrete ways you can dramatically shrink the chances your child will try smoking. 


The Parent Connection - What You Can Do to Improve Your Child's Education

The Parent Connection - What You Can Do to Improve Your Child's Education

A new study of the American family's "passion points" from Just Kids, Inc. reveals that most families (45 percent) agree schools and education are their top priority. Yet, parent involvement in their children's education is at an all-time low.


Five Sunday Strategies for Mompreneurs

Five Sunday Strategies for Mompreneurs

As a mom and an entrepreneur, taking a day off is not in my nature. But keeping holy the Sabbath day is actually a habit that helps me recharge and prepare for the week to come. Here are five simple strategies I use to make the most of my weekly day of rest.


Video: Adorable Twins Fall Asleep While Eating Spaghetti

Video: Adorable Twins Fall Asleep While Eating Spaghetti

Twins have a special bond that only they can understand...they can read each others thoughts and complete each others sentences. But these cute little guys take it to a whole new level with their synchronized snoozing!


ABCs of Ending the Homework Hassle with Your Kids

ABCs of Ending the Homework Hassle with Your Kids

For many families, homework is the number one source of conflict between parents and their kids.


Adorable Baby Twins Dance to Daddy's Guitar

Adorable Baby Twins Dance to Daddy's Guitar

These sweet identical twins share the same taste in music--watch them boogie down when daddy plays the guitar!
We DARE you not to smile!


Moments for Mom: Letting Them Grow Up

Moments for Mom: Letting Them Grow Up

My baby is not my baby anymore. (In case you're wondering if time flies…yes, it does.) So I'm now working on letting go, something I have no desire to do whatsoever. Can you relate to that? Find some counsel on letting go.


Create a Close Mother-Daughter Bond

Create a Close Mother-Daughter Bond

How well do you know your daughter? Do you know for certain that she feels she can turn to you with the tough issues of life? Learn some practical ways to build a strong relationship between you and your daughter.


Seven Strategies to Build a Strong Work Ethic in Your Kids

Seven Strategies to Build a Strong Work Ethic in Your Kids

The ability to work hard, to tolerate frustration, and to take responsibility doesn’t just happen without a push from parents.


Should I Put My Child in Day Care?

Should I Put My Child in Day Care?

With the academic year starting up soon, many mothers face the fall with this same question. Here's some sound input to help you with your decision.


Helping Students Manage Money

Helping Students Manage Money

Money management is one skill that can be difficult for young adults to master as they head off on their own. But no matter what stage of life - whether they're entering college or the work force - every young adult should learn how to handle their money.


Cooking with Kids Makes Meals and Memories

Cooking with Kids Makes Meals and Memories

Cooking can be so much more than simply getting dinner on the table. When you cook with your kids, it can lead to better relationships with food and with each other.  Getting kids involved in the kitchen gives them life skills they'll need, teaches them about new foods and healthy eating, and it can be a great way to have fun and bond together.


Cell Phones, Computer Games and Teenagers

Cell Phones, Computer Games and Teenagers

How does a parent regulate a teen's phone, iTouch, laptop, and TV usage, especially during weekends, vacations, and summer?


"Just" a Homemaker?

"Just" a Homemaker?

Do you feel you have to apologize for your decision to be a keeper of your home? Find encouragement and pride in doing what you do for your family...and our future!


Are You Just Too Busy?

Are You Just Too Busy?

Are you a busy mom? I know. What a silly question. Kind of like asking a new mother if she’s tired, or chocolate if it’s delicious. I’d like to share a few areas in my life that suffered under the burden of my busyness, and the solutions that crowned me victorious.


Resting in the Knowledge That I'm Not Alone in Mothering

Resting in the Knowledge That I'm Not Alone in Mothering

I have always second-guessed myself as a mother, never considering myself to be good enough...
Do you feel that describes you?


Video: Anita Renfroe, "In Tha Muthahood"

Video: Anita Renfroe, "In Tha Muthahood"

Comedian Anita Renfroe does it again - this time with her hilariously hip salute to moms! Can you relate to this?


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