Four R’s of Proactive Parenting

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Trips to the grocery store with young children can feel a bit like a series of battles in a never-ending war. From safely buckling everyone in the car to crossing the street, just getting into the store can feel like a minor victory. The momentary relief felt upon arrival is quickly subdued as the next […]

A Plan for Summer Sanity


Summer is upon us. For some moms it feels like sweet relief after months of homework, school projects, and a plethora of activities. For other moms it can seem like storm clouds are on the horizon as they wonder, What am I going to do with everyone home all summer? Years ago, I found myself two weeks into […]

Making a Mess of Motherhood


One of my favorite memories from childhood is making sugar cookies with my mom. Naturally, I wanted to continue this tradition with my own family. I vividly remember one of the first years that I attempted to bake with my children. I found my mom’s recipe and prepared the dough. I got out the cookie […]

Finding Joy in Unplanned Circumstances

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“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) Early in the morning I approached his crib. Already dressed for my busy day, I greeted him with a smile. As I took him in my arms, he responded by throwing up […]

Parenting with a Double Standard

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Years ago I attended a parenting class focused on encouraging obedience in our homes. The following general expectations were highlighted: Obedience should be immediate. Obedience should be complete. Obedience should be with a joyful attitude. I sat in the classroom staring at the board in contemplative silence. Truthfully, I wasn’t thinking about my children’s obedience. […]