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Joyful Parenting

Has the thought “I didn’t sign up for this” ever crossed your mind? You’re not alone! So many parents had great expectations and ideals about what family life would be—then came reality. Between the sleepless nights, eating battles, and temper tantrums of the early years to the eye-rolling, backtalk, and all-out wars of the preteen and teenage years, somewhere alone the line, things fell out of step. I’m here to help you get back on track, or start out right in the first place. Daily, we are bombarded by parenting fads and well-meaning friends whose advice and strategies don’t work in the long run. But there’s a secret to joyful parenting, and it starts with a tried-and-true parenting philosophy rooted in the Bible. I’m here to offer quick tips and lifelong strategies that help you rediscover your leadership role in the home with God at the forefront, ultimately transforming your parenting and your home. There is a joy in parenting. I’ll help you discover it.


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Preparing for Vacation with Kids (Episode 36)

“You’ve got to know what you’re going to do to know what you need to pack and what you need to bring, and how you need to pack it,” says Melanie. “I know that sounds so silly, but you can make your stay wherever you are headed so much more convenient and organized if you just plan ahead.”

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TV Ratings and Kids (Episode 35)

“Whenever possible, I would strongly encourage families to watch together,” Melissa says. “I think too that it’s easy for us to err on the side of thinking our kids are more mature emotionally than they are or better able to handle or cope with what they see. And remember that no system is 100% foolproof, and nothing takes the place of just being there and being able to help your child work through what they are seeing onscreen.”

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Getting Your Kids to do Chores (Episode 34)

Overall, remember that chores aren’t only about getting things cleaned or accomplished—it’s about learning tasks, contributing to the family, and working together for everyone’s good. When we keep the bigger picture in mind, we will have more success in having our kids do chores.

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A Heartfelt Motivation (Episode 33)

“I think part of the struggle for us is to ask the right question which is: How do I get my children motivation to the right direction?,” Dr. Kathy says. “If we are honest too, sometimes, it’s a reflection of our behavior. We are modeling in front of our children all the time, and so when we see them be impatient, stingy, unkind, could it be that they have noticed us being that way lately?”

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Bouncing Back From Parenting Fails (Episode 32)

“Some days, I’m an incredible entrepreneur, an incredible business owner, and a terrible mom. Sometimes, I’m a great mom and a terrible business owner, and that’s just because it doesn’t balance out,” Hope says. “One of my favorite quotes is that we expect women to work like they don’t have children and to raise children as if they don’t work.”

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Reading Into Summer

Reading does more than pass the time. It teaches kids about the world around them. Books entertain, yes, but through books we learn about other cultures, about how to handle difficult or uncomfortable situations, about ourselves. We encounter joy, laughter, fear, anger, sorrow and hope. Stories lift us out of

Why Should Children Listen?

When a child or teen doesn’t listen to us, it’s hard to know how to react. This mom questions how she can command respect from her kids. Q: We have six children, and our oldest (a young teen) isn’t complying with what we ask her to do. When she doesn’t,

Allowance and Kids

Having an allowance is a great way to help your child gain an understanding about money, one you can build upon as the child grows older and the allowance grows larger. The Wall Street Journal recently had a story about parents using apps to dole out chores and allowance. In

Teaching Values to Teens

Sometimes, when our kids reach their teen years, we realize all that we haven’t taught them, and it can be a scramble to catch up. Other times, what a child has or hasn’t internalized from the lessons we have imparted over the years becomes more apparent in the teen. This

The Good Mother

There are times when we slip and obsess about being a good mother, but the truth is, most of us already are good enough moms.

Healing a Fractured Family

It breaks our hearts as parents when our family isn’t close. This mom desperately wants her children to get along with one another, but the reality is much different. Q: It is my deepest hope and prayer that our family can be so close knit that nothing can break our

School Year Resolutions for Parents

This year, I will support my student by …


• Not micromanaging homework. • Enforcing technology curfews. • Insisting on a schedule with plenty of free time.