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7 Things Your Children Need To Hear You Say

Words. Often overlooked, and somewhat underrated. Speaking (simple) words to our children’s heart can life-giving and affirming.  Speak to their hearts, from the depths of your own. Our children cannot read our minds.  It is time to speak up.…

Please Pay Attention To Me (The Plea)

There she was.  Just like every morning, I could feel her head resting next to my hand, waiting for me to softly and slowly rub her head until she felt fully awake. Her eyes glow green in the early…

I Wish That I Could Protect You From… (Life)

Dear Child of Mine It is hard to tell you this.  I do not really have all of the answers you may seek as you grow up. I want you to remember that I wish I could protect you…

Dear Children, I Give You Permission To Dream

The border was yellow like the sun, and the words were in a fancy font, “Spread The Sunshine.”  Scattered polaroids were tacked around the middle with arrows pointing to those I would pray for next. While other teenagers were…

Progressive Parenting – Get Out Of The Comfy Chair

What DO we do when an older child, who has been trained in our home, requires some “correction?” We didn’t send her to the corner.  And we didn’t send her to her room.  In fact, we didn’t really do…

The Apology That Broke Down Walls

                  This week I wrote  a post on taming the tongue for the Mom Heart site.  I uploaded the post, went to bed thinking about the years we have been teaching…

How To Inspire Your Children To Do Hard Things

I can’t. How many times have you heard this as a mom?  It could be from eating their vegetables, to saying hello to a new person,  completing a chore, or schoolwork. Can’t – the universal code for kids to…

Character Counts – Our Family Favorite Character Education

“I will look at people when they speak to me.” “I will ask questions that I don’t understand.” “I will sit or stand up straight.” “I will not draw attention to myself” “I will keep my eyes, ears, hands,…

Give Bad Behavior A “Name,” When Your Children Argue

There were children arguing in my home this morning.  I was brushing my hair, and I could hear the argument begin.  I knew the details, I could hear their voices change in tone and volume, and I could predict…