Faith + Family

2 Tools to Help Kids Do Anger Better

She was angry. There was no doubt about it. Her words, “You stupid egghead,” made it clear … even if they proved to be an oxymoron. After all, it’s common knowledge that eggheads are smart, right? Well, at least to […]

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3 Not-So-Simple Steps to Help Your Children Succeed

It’s that time of the year again when I tally up how many piano lessons I’ve taught for the year, not wanting to cheat Uncle Sam! As I add up each student’s lessons, it is not surprising that the ones […]

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Truly Accepting Things You Can’t Change

Recently I was asked to be a panelist at a parenting forum. One of the participants wanted me to share a difficult yet defining moment of motherhood. Quite easily my memory took me back to August of 2010. I had […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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