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Mommy and the Joyful Three

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Erin James is the author of a mom blog on She is a mother of three whose passion is helping other moms and dads with positive parenting.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ready, Set, Defend Your Kids: Who Is In Your Huddle?

In this raging cultural war, we must counteract the enemy with a strong defense. To have a strong defense, strong role models should surround our children. The same must surround us. Talking a good talk is meaningless when you are not walking it out. I admit I have often, even as an adult and as a mom, found myself in the wrong crowd.

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:41 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ready, Set, Defend Your Kids: The Coach Approach

In battle, there are few things as necessary as brave and ready to fight. You need equipped leaders with you. Being in charge of troops and tactical deployments is a tough and sometimes thank-less job. It is the same with parenting. In this battle for our children’s souls and futures, I liken us to coaches.

posted @ Friday, August 15, 2014 4:50 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ready, Set, Defend Your Kids

The scariest war around us is that for our souls. We are in the midst of a battle every day even though we cannot physically see it. We are all born with gifts given to us by our Savior, planned for us before we were even conceived. With any struggle, the stronger your gifts are the more the enemy will want to take them.

posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 4:06 PM | Feedback (2)

Monday, July 07, 2014

Helping a Child Who Struggles

There is no way of predicting how your child will turn out. Each child is he or she’s own person. It always amazes me that siblings, who share DNA, can have such distinctive personalities. That kind of difference can be exciting and interesting. But, what if your child was born with physical or emotional concerns?

posted @ Monday, July 07, 2014 3:30 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Healthy Relationships Will Help Your Family

Relationships mold us and teach us without us even noticing at times. Teaching your children the importance of healthy friendships is vital because it will encourage them to make good choices in their relationships in the future. I struggle with "projects", people who learn that I have a soft spot for their drama and that I will tolerate more than some because I do not like to upset people. The struggle is real and it is daily. I have oftentimes allowed the wrong people into my life and my child

posted @ Tuesday, June 17, 2014 4:08 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It’s Not Hip to Church Hop

I did not like church as a child. To be honest, it was not my favorite thing to do on the weekends. My parents were church hoppers and it was hard to get to know anyone at any one church. I cringed when they would tell us that there was a new church we were going to try. I hated the “newbie” feeling. I always felt it was strange when someone would tell me they went to the same church their whole lives. I also had a hard time following Bible lessons because we were oftentimes thrown into the midd

posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2014 4:52 PM | Feedback (0)

Monday, May 05, 2014

Do You Ever Feel Like an Inferior Mom?

There are moments when I actually feel so overwhelmed that I just feel like shutting down. Let’s face it life is full of unplanned circumstances and stress. Sometimes it feels like we are swimming against the tide, just trying to reach some peace. As parents, we can feel this way even more at times. No matter how beautiful and rewarding parenting can seem with moments of sweet sleeping children, joyous laughter and milestones, we certainly do have moments of feeling like we’ve failed or feeling

posted @ Monday, May 05, 2014 5:22 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bust the Easter Bunny

Easter should be one of my favorite holidays. The significance of it is what my life revolves around. My faith is strong and my heart is full of joy when it comes to being a child of God, so why do I feel so much dread when it comes to celebrating Easter? Jesus came back from the dead, paying the debt for our sins. Yet, all I see this time of year are bunnies and dizzying amounts of pastel-colored toys and candy.

posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:34 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Is Social Media Robbing You of Family Time?

Do you ever feel like your mind is running faster than your life? An online article caught my eye recently about how children react to their parents being distracted by cell phones and other technological devices. It focused on the fact that children vie for their parents’ attention.

posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2014 4:39 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Four Lessons Kids Need to Learn

As a mom, I am constantly wondering what attributes I should be instilling into my children. As a Christian mom, I am wonder if I am keeping my parenting in line with God’s Word. The other day, I purposed in my heart to make a list of the things I wish to show my children the most and ways I can improve on becoming a better role model. Here is what I came up with...

posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 5:17 PM | Feedback (0)