Wednesday, May 15, 2013
In my post last week, I talked about raising daughters. I wanted to continue my thoughts on that subject this week. Both of my daughters are vastly different in personality. My oldest is a more conservative, worrying type. She has a huge humanitarian heart and seeks God, but tends to focus on the negative at times. My youngest daughter is one of those people you cannot bring down.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Recently, I wrote about the things I would like my son to know about Jesus as he becomes a man of God. It made me think about my daughters and what I would like them to learn as they grow. Self-esteem, be it high or low, influences the choices we make in life. Naturally, I am concerned about my daughters’ self-esteem as they get older. As a mom, I endeavor to instill in them self-worth, understanding that even their shortcomings are a part of who they are.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
My beautiful son turned four last week. My bright, always active little guy is pure joy in my life. Even his messes make me happy because he’s here making them. Lately, I’ve been thinking about how I want him to grow up loving Jesus and about what kind of man I hope he becomes. This week, I’d like to share a few things about what rearing a son means.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Divorce is common these days. My kids often ask me why they do not have a stepmother or stepfather like their friends. If your marriage is not working and it’s harming you or your children, seek wise counsel about the appropriate options for your family. We don’t marry someone believing we will end up enemies. You don’t believe that the one person you felt you could invest your life in could be the one who would attempt to destroy it.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Easter is so important for us as Christians. It’s when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The focus of Easter, and truly every day, should be on our King. But there’s that pesky rabbit, the one who hands out colorful eggs and candy, lurking around every corner. So, what is the best way to teach our children that the bunny is not the focus of Easter?
Thursday, March 14, 2013
I'm in the checkout line holding my three-year-old squirming son, one hand on a cart of groceries, some of which are falling to the floor. My five year old is crying about candy that I will not buy and my eight year old is asking for pretty much within eyesight. Another mother is glaring at my chaotic parade and shaking her head.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
"Mommy, I won't tell you how I do this! I will show you!" That was my three year old son yesterday morning when I asked him to tell me how he can make such a mess in such a short time. He was proud to demonstrate his aptitude for quick, tornado-like messes. Though I wasn’t happy, I was impressed that he understood how actions can be more memorable than words at times.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
If your child doesn’t do what he’s told, or her personality nags you, or they don’t do what you want the way you want, how do you react? I love my children for who they are. I know they are not supposed to be just like me. They have their own personalities and quirks. They will grow and have their own interest and reasons for their choices. It’s my job to give them love, guidance and prayer.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
It's three in the morning, all I hear is a stuffy little guy snoring next to me and the ticking of a clock. I am exhausted and scared; his fever finally broke after hours of the usual remedies and countless prayers. Still, I am watching him closely, watching the rhythm of the rise and fall of his chest is all I know to do. I don’t sleep when my children are sick.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I have an awful confession to make… we rarely eat dinner as a family anymore! Since I began losing weight, I’ve lapsed on family meals because I’m cooking separate food for me. When I was a child, dinner was at 5:30 pm sharp. My father would walk through the door around 5:00, wash up and we would all sit down to eat. Strangely, while this was a time for us to catch up and discuss our day, it was also the time I feel I received the most parenting advice.