Faith + Family

Everyday Thanksgiving for Kids

Giving thanks is the star of Thanksgiving Day, but if that’s the only time a family verbalizes what they are thankful for, it just isn’t enough. Gratitude is something children learn best by watching it modeled in everyday life. A father can say […]

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Having a Meltdown, Mom?

I had a lot of meltdowns during my mommy years — and they left me feeling wretched. I didn’t want to be cranky, critical, and short-​​​​tempered but too often, I was. The result? I hid from God. I told myself that I was a failure as a Christian, a failure as […]

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My Ambien-​​Induced Parenting Epiphany

Justin: “Kasey…Kasey…KASEY!!!” (frustration intensifies) Lake: “mawwwwwwwwm” (in 6-​​​​year old whimper-​​​​whine voice) Lake: “maaaaaaawm, I threw up.” (real pathetic-​​​​like) Me: “huh? what?!? what tha heck?!? … HONEY! THAT’S MY BEST SPATULA!!!” (in ambien-​​​​drunken slurring voice) I think we can all agree that one has hit their all-​​​​time […]

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The Gospel for the Weak Mom

"I thought parenting was going to portray my strengths, never realizing God had ordained it to reveal my weaknesses." —Dave Harvey 106 degrees. I stood leaning against the port-​​​​a-​​​​potty dutifully eating a Lunchables, trying not to taste the smell that only an […]

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Teaching Your Kids to Ask Important Questions

As parents, we want our kids to make good choices. When they are very young, we make the majority of the decisions for them. As they grow up, mom and dad relinquish more and more of that responsibility. Whether it […]

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5 Ways to Help Your Teen Deal with Peer Pressure

“Don’t respond to the stupidity of a fool;
you’ll only look foolish yourself.” —Proverbs 26:4 (MSG)  Peer pressure is nothing new but a recent article in the Wall Street Journal suggested it is something teenagers need in order “to become adults.” 1. Make sure they […]

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