Category: Advice

In my distress

Over the past few months I’ve experienced an avalanche of emotions–most of them negative. I’ve been afraid, stressed, distressed, lonely, confused, worried, sad, angry, hesitant, even paralyzed at times. But I’ve found the secret to coping with those emotions and keeping them in check—or…

Teaching Kids How to think

Teaching Kids How to Think My oldest child would have been 51 this year had he continued to live on this earth. He’s in heaven, and his age is eternal. So, I’ve been parenting and grandparenting a long time. I wanted to teach my…

Parenting God’s Way

“…it’s important for parents to be parents and to take time for training their children. Mutual respect should be enforced at all times.” “…provide an environment of mutual respect, kindness, and balanced discipline when it is needed. You see, behavior is learned.” (From page…

Four Gifts of Christmas

Creativity I’m reading an incredible book about creativity. I recommend Images and Idols: Creativity for the Christian Life by Thomas J. Terry & J. Ryan Lister to every person who considers themselves to be creative. Whether you express that creativity through writing (like me!),…

Family Traditions

Family traditions root our children in their pasts and strengthen them to grow and branch out into their futures. Most of us think about holiday events or practices when asked about family traditions. But they don’t need to be limited to special days. A…

Blessings, Gratitude and Prayer

There are several reasons I wrote my Bountiful Blessings series of picture books (God’s Blessings of Fall will be available this week!). One of those is the importance of prayer in young children’s lives. Prayer is usually a natural consequence of gratitude. Seeing God…

Parenting-Developing Roots

Developing roots is essential to the growth of trees. Just as it is with the growth of our children. About five years ago I bought a fig tree cutting at a yard sale. It’s now about seven feet tall and dotted with newborn figs….

Eat Your Veggies

Summer gives us a bounty of luscious fruits and vegetables. I love them. But your kids might not be so big on treats that “come in their own packaging.” Here are a few ideas for sneaking fruits and vegetables into their diets. SMOOTHIES: Combine…

Advice from Dr. Kevin Leman

Parenting Advice from Dr. Kevin Leman in Have a New Kid by Friday (Revell, 2008) Just some tidbits of advice from international Christian speaker, radio personality, and psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman. Most of this advice pertains to parenting OLDER children. So, please consider carefully…

Fathers Day 2019

We just celebrated Father’s Day in the U.S. It always puts me in a pensive mood. How do you picture God? Do you see Him as an old man? Do you seem Him as gentle and quiet? Perhaps you see God as austere, demanding….

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