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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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Friday, October 24, 2014

Is Your Family Spiritually Sick?

There is an epidemic amongst us, something far more terrifying than any disease. It can come into your home and tear it apart at the seams. I’m speaking of our spiritual health. It is far more important than the shape of our bodies, for it is eternity that we should be most concerned about.

posted @ Friday, October 24, 2014 4:22 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Teaching Kids to Be Confident

This week, I feel God has really placed on my heart to talk about self-esteem building, mainly with daughters but it applies to our sons as well. Being the mom of two beautiful, bright daughters has taught me much over the past nine years. I suffered from low self-esteem growing up; and I have made it my goal to build my daughters up so that they do not fall prey to feeling unworthy. The Bible tells us that we are worthy, of love and of the life that God has intended for us.

posted @ Tuesday, October 07, 2014 5:18 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Helping Kids to Put on the Armor of God

Explosions, gunshots and screams pierce your ears. You choke on smoke and dust. You feel the enemy getting closer, but the darkness is blinding. You’re confused as you search through the darkness hoping to see them before they see you. You know that lives are lost. You feel the presence of death looming over you as it weighs heavy in the air. You feel a mixture of sadness and yet relief that you are still alive. Your nostrils fill with horrid smells and sweat drenches your clothes.

posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 3:47 PM | Feedback (0)

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)