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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.


"You’ve Got This" with Sarah Hamaker

A podcast to encourage and equip moms along their parenting journey.

Join me each week on my “You’ve Got This” podcast. I interview moms and dads like you about the challenges, joys and rewards of raising kids. Parenting might be hard sometimes, but don’t worry—you’ve got this.

"You’ve Got This" with Sarah Hamaker

A podcast to encourage and equip moms along their parenting journey.

How to encourage a heart of gratitude in your kids.

Order your Thankfulness at Thanksgiving ebook today!

How to encourage gratitude in your kids. Order Thankfulness in Thanksgiving ebook today!

Need ideas on how to celebrate Christmas. Want to take back the holiday from others’ expectations? Then order Put Joy Back Into Christmas ebook today!

Need ideas on how to celebrate Christmas. Want to take back the holiday from others’ expectations? Then order Put Joy Back Into Christmas ebook today!

You’ve Got This

Sarah’s parenting podcast

Launching Your Child Into Adulthood (Episode 24)

“The college admissions scandal demonstrates what happens when you don’t do that well. Every person that you look at is the sum total of their decisions. When you don’t start making good decisions early, your foundation can be shaky,” Frowsa’ said. “There’s a difference between raising children and raising adults, and I think for a lot of parents, they are busy raising children, so when those kids get to be adult age they still have to treat them as children.”

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Potty Training for Dummies, Episode 23

“Parents are starting way to late, so they’re missing their window of opportunity to potty train. That window is truly 18 months to 2 years. We’re not even starting until age 3 and that’s the main problem that I see today with toilet training.”

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Stop Entertaining Your Kids (Episode 22)

“Too much attention isn’t good for adults or children. It isn’t healthy to be the center of attention all the time,” Dinah said. “I started to relax, and my kids started figuring out how to entertain themselves. Better yet, they started developing hobbies.”

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Finding Joy in Motherhood (Episode 21)

“I really think there’s a difference between joy and happiness,” Rachel says. “Happiness is about a birthday, a surprise party, a cup of coffee—that’s in the moment. But joy to me is this deeper heart posture looking for something that’s good and beautiful in the midst of whatever situation or season we’re in. And I think that’s really motherhood.”

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When Patience Takes Too Long, Episode 20

“I draw from Jesus’ example when he washed the disciples’ feet. We’re called to be servants, whether we have a Ph.D. Or not. And moms are servants,” Linda says. "There’s two kind of lists: Your list and God’s list, and they don’t often match. God doesn’t call us to do things without equipping us to do that tasks. We can ask God and he will give us the wisdom to take care of the situations that seem well beyond us."

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Parenting Basics: “What’s the Magic Word?”

Grandma was right! There is an easy way and a hard way to raise kids. By and large, today’s parents are choosing the hard way. This series of blogs will tackle familiar phrases that used to be commonplace but fell out of favor during the last few decades of the

Training A Child to Speak Politely

Q: What would be a good way to teach children to address adults as either ma’am or sir? We live in the South, and this type of respect is very common. I want my two children, ages two and five, to do this as a sign of respect and a

Get Out the (Kids) Vote

Election Day always brings a fissure of excitement to our household, even years—like this one—that are not presidential or even congressional elections. We are a family that embraces any chance to vote for our local, state and federal governments as a chance to participate fully in this great nation of

Boo! Spooky Lessons From a Scary Holiday

To most kids, Halloween can be one of the best holidays ever. Dressing up, getting candy, staying up late—what could be better to a child? But sometimes, Halloween can be frightening to parents. What about the scary costumed older kids your little one may encounter? Will the candy be safe

Scared Stiff

I was quite the scaredy cat as a child. Shadows in the night spooked me at times, and let’s not think about things that went bump in the darkness! Forget watching scary movies or even those with the barest hint of zombies, vampires, ghosts or goblins. Some of my friends

Parental Postings

Most parents think nothing of uploading information and photos of their children on social media, but are they overlooking the risk factors? We have chosen not to post any photographs or images of our children with the rare exception if the picture doesn’t show their face at all. We also

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.