talking to your kids about sex

6 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Sex

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Guest post by Nathan, Rachel's husband Rachel and I are the parents of three kids, and though the oldest is just starting second grade, we’ve been occasionally discussing how to talk with our…
7 Excellent Children's Bibles

7 Must-Have Children's Bibles For All Ages (And How to Avoid All the Bad Ones)

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There are a LOT of bad children's Bibles on the market. It's important for parents to understand that. As both a former children's ministry director and family events director for nearly 17 years…

Making My Summer at Home with Kids Count

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Read my much more updated post called "Make Your Summer at Home Count with Kids" here. Today is my 1st grade son's last day of school (finally!). After one last trip to the Dollar Store this morning,…

2013 Top Ten Posts: Parenting

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  1. Cultivating a Heart that Obeys: Dealing with a Whiny Insolent Child 2. Make Your summer at Home Count 3. Packing a Hospital Bag Printable Check List 4. Three Questions to Ask…

Interview with Author Rachel Jankovic

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Have you heard of author, blogger and mom of six, Rachel Jankovic? She penned two fantastically brief and poignant parenting books I've reviewed: Loving the Little Years and her latest release, Fit to…

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 4): Jesus' Birthday Party

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Here are Part 1: The Story of Mary and Joseph, Part 2: The Shepherds, Part 3: The Wise Men in this four-part series. This final devotional is a bit different than the first three. For the last…

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 3): The Wise Men

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Here are Part 1 and Part 2 of this four-part series. Children learn, grow and are shaped more in the first five years of life than any other time! What a wonderful opportunity we have as parents…

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 2): The Shepherds

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Here are Part 1: The Story of Mary and Joseph, Part 3: The Wise Men, and Part 4: Jesus' Birthday Party in this four-part series. Today I'll share Part 2 of our four-part series that I hope will…

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 1): The Story of Mary and Joseph

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Here are Part 2: The Shepherds, Part 3: The Wise Men, and Part 4: Jesus' Birthday Party of this series. Children begin to develop their understanding of Christmas from very early on. The only real…

9 Truths to Believe When My Child is Suffering

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When our firstborn son was 20 months old and I was 9 months pregnant with our second child, my husband and I sat in silence in the procedure waiting room, nervously awaiting the results of his endoscopy…
Family Devotional Cootie Catcher

Easy Family Devotional Activity: Make a "Verse Catcher"

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You know you have a great babysitter when you come home and she's playing "Psalm Catcher" with the kids. Remember those paper thingy-ma-bobbers that we made in grade school called "Cootie Catchers"?…

I'm a Broken Parent Today

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Note: I wrote this cathartic piece for myself earlier this week. I went ahead and posted it today, though, on the off chance there are a few other parents out there who need to these reminders, too. The…

What to Expect When Transitioning from One Kid to Two

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First of all, I think this post's title is a bit misleading. Each family dynamic is different and there is no formula on what to expect when a major transition happens in your life. That being said,…

Calm. Fair. Firm.

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I'm only two years into parenting but one thing I've learned quickly is our little ones get into funks. Every seasoned mom can testify to it and there is almost no way around it. Our kids get into funks…

Make Your FALL at Home with Kids Count (LOTS of Ideas & Resources!)

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I want to go somewhere with my family. Not just tread water in the middle of life with little kids. But, sometimes I just get stuck...for long stretches of time treading the water. The start of school…

Parenting Book Review: Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic

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Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.…

10 Things Babysitters Wish You Knew

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I must admit, I'm pretty excited about this post. It took a lot of work and research but I think the information in it is so valuable not only to moms but to our children that our babysitters watch. Just…

Cultivating a Heart That Obeys: Strategies for Dealing with a Whiny, Insolent Child

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Do you have a little one who is going through this phase of life where every...thing...is...sooooooo...hard--especially following directions from Mom and Dad? Here's a fairly regular morning conversation…

Six Things I Planned to Do Differently with My Second Child: A Follow Up

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About three months ago, I wrote a post about Six Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Child. Now, a little over two months after having my second, I am taking the time to evaluate these previous…

Parenting Inspiration for Real Life

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Recognize this picture? Well, I know most of you probably don't recognize my family, per se, but recognize what's going on here? This was taken several years ago, but I love it because it shows us as…
How to Make a Chore Chart

How to Make a Chore Chart (a.k.a. Swift Kick in the Pants Chart)

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You're probably not like me. You probably don't sweep your kitchen mostly just when you notice the ants beneath the kids' stools nibbling on crumbs. You probably don't check off everything else on your…

Make Your Summer at Home with Kids Count (+ LOTS of Practical Ideas!!)

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Read my much more updated post called "Make Your Summer at Home Count with Kids" here. With my kindergartener finishing school TOMORROW, plus a 2-year-old and 4-old-year old at home already, I've been…
Help Child with Separation Anxiety

Five Tips to Help a Child's Separation Anxiety

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Thanks so much to our friend, Jess, for guest posting today. After volunteering and working full time in children's ministry for years, Jess has a lot of wisdom to offer on this subject! Take it…

Six Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Child

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As I write this post, I am 26 days away from my due date. By the time I actually share this post, it will be even closer. As baby boy gets closer and closer to joining our family, I have been reflecting…