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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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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)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Let God into Your Relationship

This past Valentine’s Day had me rethinking a lot about how we give and receive love. Often we search for that complete love, which is unattainable unless you truly know God’s unconditional acceptance. Divorced couples used to be the minority when I was younger. It was almost taboo to have divorced parents. Now it seems as if it is rare to have a whole family, unaffected by a failed relationship.

posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 4:28 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Obstacle Course Parenting: Navigating the Stress

Some days seem like obstacle courses to us parents. Just when it seems all is well your four year old gets a fever or your six year old jumps off the couch and bites through her lip. arenting is never without some sort of scary or stressful surprise. Sometimes it can feel as if you are in some sort of TV reality show competition, waiting for the next big challenge.

posted @ Tuesday, January 14, 2014 4:36 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Disconnecting from Social Media Stress

Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Pinterest. These social media sites can broaden your horizons, be a tool for businesses and help maintain long-distance relationships amongst family and friends. However, when these websites start to cause stress, it may be time to shut it down.

posted @ Tuesday, January 07, 2014 11:03 AM | Feedback (0)