99 Things Your Kids Need to Know Before They Move Out

Preparing our kids for adulthood is a process that takes, oh,. . . about 18 years give or take. Really. . Every single thing we have done in our child’s life up to this point has been for the accomplishment of this one goal: to raise a little, tiny human being into a full-size human being who can take the baton from us and carry on. In fact, it’s very much like a relay race, in which the baton pass is a process with a series of steps. Picture the parent, carrying the baton and running the race, and as the pass

How Do We Teach Self-Esteem?

I don’t agree with child-centric parenting. I am not going to tell you that your child’s self-esteem is the most important thing, or that your child needs to be built up so much they think they are the most special person on the planet, or that your kids don’t need to hear hard truths. But I do agree with building your children up, pouring into them, giving them the self confidence to do well in life and the self-esteem to love who they are how God made them. This is something that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about lately,

Making Summer Wishlists

I don’t think we have ever needed a Summer break more than we do right now. We’re behind on all sorts of things all over the place and my Inner List-Checker is having a fit because there’s no time for breaks! (See previous post: Inner List-Checker is closely related to Bossy Houseguest.) But even with all the unfinished business on our plates, I know that a break is exactly what we need. More specifically, TIME is what we need. Summer TIME Time to relax. Time to breathe. Time to do things as a family. Time for fun. Time for rest.

My New, Pretty, Grown Up Mom Bible

When my 10 year old son was just an itty bitty baby, I decided I was tired of feeling like a pack animal. Between the baby carrier and the big diaper bag, the two year old and the five year old, I didn’t want to heft around my purse, too. I decided to carry everything in the diaper bag, and so I switched to a bigger wallet, and a smaller Bible. I scraped some money together and bought myself a beautiful little ESV pocket Bible. It was soft, and pretty, and mostly it was compact and perfect. I could tuck

I’m NOT Doing It All

“How do you get it all done?” <— This is a question I see coming up again and again, to me, to other women. I’ve even asked this question myself. “How are you balancing it all, getting it all done, and keeping it all together?” And what the askers all have in common is that they feel like they are failing, because they are not getting it ALL done, or not getting it done the way they want to, or they way they THINK they should. And I would go out on a limb and say that what the *askees*

A Man Needs To Feel Loved Too (She Brings Him Good Finale)

A man needs to feel loved, too.  We’ve been working our way through a series on Marriage about bringing good things to our husband and to our marriage through respect, trustworthiness, and love. We have covered three different ways we show and build respect for our husbands (through submission, our speech, and trust,) and we also talked about trustworthiness (in our relationship with our spouse, relationships with others, and general responsibleness,) and today we will wrap up this series in one fell swoop with our third topic: LOVE. {You can find all “She Brings Him Good” series posts here.} Finally, the