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Parenting Strategies: Giving Your Child a Choice

Developing effective parenting strategies is one of the most challenging parts of parenting. Setting expectations and adhering to them effectively, without going overboard, losing our patience or calling it quits is tough. Consistency isn’t enough; we also need to find the right parenting techniques or strategies – methods that our children understand and respond to. One…

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It’s OK to Break the Rules, If…

Jesus broke a lot of rules. He cured on the Sabbath. He ate with sinners. He allowed women in his company. He talked back to the Pharisees. And when people called him out on it, he didn’t back down and mutter an apology. He justified his choices. He didn’t just justify them by saying “Hey,…

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9 Things Worth Doing Badly (for Moms)

We’ve all heard that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. Our parents and teachers wanted to make sure we learned the value of putting forth our best effort and following through. Great! But is that really true?  G.K. Chesterton didn’t think so. He said, “If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth…

Let Your Toddler Try!

Toddlers are far more capable than we parents often give them credit for. Kids spend half their time trying to do things, and parents often spend half their time stopping them… “Don’t touch that.” “Close the refrigerator.” “Don’t open the cabinet.” Sound familiar? Don’t feel bad – that’s instinctive for parents. Instinctive for two reasons:…

The Bambi Stare…

Every parent out there knows what I’m talking about… The bright, wide-eyed, “You-love-me-more-than-anything-you-will-do-this-for-me-won’t-you” pleading look our kids give us when they want something. The look they give you when they really want a cookie… or, even better, when they really want your cookie (you know, the one you seriously contemplated hiding in the pantry to…

WANTED: Creative Minds

Left to themselves, kids are willing to take chances, take risks, and make mistakes: a great recipe for success… But a recipe that’s torn up and thrown out in as kids are taught in school to fear and avoid mistakes. In the system of education currently used across the U.S. by most public and private…

Sing, Mother, Sing!

Softly humming and singing to babies comes instinctively to most mothers. All over the world, and throughout the centuries, you find mothers singing to their children. They just know that it’s a good thing to do. What they might not realize is that their act of love is also doing their child a great favor.…

My Toddler “Must Have” List

By the second year of parenting, I think all mothers, consciously or subconsciously, know their “must haves” to make it through a normal day with their toddler(s). I’ve made a list of some of the things that help our days run smoothly: A special shelf. That’s right – a special shelf. Don’t ask me what…

When Your Baby Stops Wanting to Cuddle…

Yes, that’s my boy… not my baby any more. My little boy. The time comes in every baby’s life… sooner for boys than girls, I think. They just stop wanting to cuddle as much. Sure – they still want cuddles when they fall or when they’re tired, but they stop being the constant cuddlers they…

Keeping the House Clean with Toddlers

First of all, let me clarify that I’m not talking about a spotless house. I like our house to have a “lived in” atmosphere. After all, it’s our home, not a display. That being said, I like having a neat house. Before the little ones arrived, no problem… After the little ones arrived we had…

Yes, I Learn from My Kids… A LOT!

When I was first pregnant, I thought a lot about all the things I was looking forward to teach Charbel when he arrived… the little things, like tying his shoe and saying please and thank you, and the bigger things, like believing in who he is and loving the Lord. Now, that our two little…