from me to you
Parenting

From Me to You

We arrived at school, the kids got out the car, and I drove away, marveling that Megan had put into practice what we had discussed. I so badly wanted to encourage her to continue being patient with her siblings.  Then my joy turned pensive. I began to worry that I would forget to praise her after school. I knew I would be distracted getting all the kids where they needed to be, finishing homework, preparing dinner...you know the drill. But I was…

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behavioral consequences
Parenting

iMOM’s Most Popular Web Page Ever

This past Sunday in church my pastor shared a quote that made everyone laugh, but it’s actually really, really sad. He told us that Prince Edward of England was quoted as saying, “The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents…

lawnmower parents
Parenting

The Lawnmower Mom

I’m leading a small group on Genesis, so I’ve been reading a lot about the Patriarchs and, in particular, Jacob. At the end of his life, Jacob blessed each of his 12 sons, but some of the blessings weren’t what we would normally consider…

lifestyle choices
Parenting

3 Risky Choices Your Child May Learn From You

The secret to loving your children well is showing them how to live well through the choices you make.  One of my girls is pregnant. It was surprising to me how many foods and medicines she has been told to avoid for the health…

teen challenges
Parenting

Are You Ready for These 5 Teen Challenges?

The other day, I had a friend confide in me the struggles she’s facing with her adolescent son. His temper is out of control…his grades are slipping…his relationship with his sister is far from great…and on and on. My heart broke for my friend.…