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Planning a vacation this year? Read this first.How to be intentional as you plan a trip.

Your kids are watching you. Constantly. All the subtle messages from the way you live life are being absorbed by their active little minds, even...

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Why We Think “Showing Kids What’s What” Doesn’t Actually Work

Rick was feeling impatient with the way his wife was dealing with their children’s misbehavior. He shared his thoughts with me during a recent conversation:...

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The Critical Cry of Every Child to Their Parents

I love baseball. Before I ever even thought about marriage, I dreamt about the day I would teach my own children to play baseball. The first...

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Connection: Why “Just Trying Harder” Doesn’t Cut It

When connecting with our kids is a struggle, sometimes it can feel like we have to “just try harder.” But if we’re really stuck, “just trying harder”...

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Why I Love the Huge Dent in My FloorHow to Respond to Your Kids When You Are Angry

In our kitchen, there is a huge dent in the floor. I see it every day. It is a reminder to me of the day...

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Stay Committed to Your Parenting Goals with One Simple Reminder

  Parenting is a beautiful gift. It can also be some of the toughest work you’ll ever do. As we work to “train up our...

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Why You Don’t Need a New Parenting Strategy

  John was fed up. He told me that everything he’d tried had failed. No matter what consequences or logic John put in place, his 6th...

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Tired of Not Feeling “Christian” Enough? This is for You.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13) I remember the sign on the men’s dorm...

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Getting the Best Out of Our Kids

The way to get the best out of people is to orient people toward others. Think about it. When are you at your best? It’s...

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“You’re the worst mom ever! Everybody hates you!”

  Sometimes when parents make constructive parenting changes, things appear to get worse before they get better. This is because changes, even positive ones, throw...

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