Kendra Smiley

Kendra Smiley

Kendra Smiley is a popular speaker and author whose passion is to help others “make the next right choice” — the choice based on God’s word. Named Illinois Mother of the Year in 2001, she hosts a daily radio show, Live Life Intentionally, heard coast to coast on over 350 stations. Each year Kendra addresses thousands of women, nationally and internationally, at retreats and conferences.

Posts by Kendra Smiley:

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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4 Things Parents Can’t Do

From an article in Parents magazine: many parents believe that the “more time, energy, attention, and money they can devote to their children the better,” but “In the final analysis, there are important things we can’t do.” Here are some […]

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4 Ways to Teach Kids about Money

“Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, ‘I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you…’” —Hebrews 13:5, The Message 1. Teach them develop good spending habits while […]

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The Whole Truth

No parent wants her child to lie. The hope is that you can trust every word that comes from the lips of your offspring.  Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. So if lying is, in a sense, inevitable, let’s take a look at what a parent […]

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The Year to Be the Parent

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6) You may remember the news story out of California a couple of years ago. A woman was suing McDonald’s because […]

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Crossing the Line

Compliant children very seldom cross the boundaries set by parents. Stubborn children may react and cross the line — with much regret. A strong-​​​​willed child will not stay behind the line simply to please you. The key for the parent of any child is consistent, […]

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The Art of Listening

Listening is often difficult for parents. Below you will find strategies to help you become a better listener. An obvious component to being a good listener is being available. Most meaningful conversation occurs person to person. If you’re trying to connect simply by texting […]

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Divide and Conquer

Children are willing to ask one parent and then the next to get the desired answer. Parental communication is key to combating this divisive strategy. Children determine from an early age which parent they should ask for permission in which circumstance. […]

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