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Parenting

The push-over parent

Dr. Dan Kindlon, child psychologist and author observes,  “Many parents today identify with being young and have trouble assuming the mantle of authority.” Dr. Kindlon is referring to parents who have abdicated the throne.  More accurately stated, these parents have given authority to their children. Kids are consulted…

Buckle ’em up!

If you have made it a rule in your vehicle that no one goes anywhere until seat belts are buckled, you may have noticed that your kids actually feel uncomfortable if they’re unbuckled. But while parents have been increasingly diligent about securing their children in car seats, a new report referenced in an online story at today.com…

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Talking with your kids about their day

You probably know what it’s like. Your child comes home from school, tosses their backpack in the hall and mumbles a “Hi”. You ask how their day was and they say “fine” and that’s pretty much your conversation. It doesn’t have to be like that. iMom.com has 18 after school conversation…

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Parents: what’s your goal?

The question, “What’s your goal?” was repeated many times in our household.  We asked our kids that question and we also asked each other.  “My math teacher is a perfectionist and she makes me crazy.  Why do I have to put the decimal point right on the line?” “What’s your goal?” “To learn this math stuff and…

Homework 101

Homework issues can arise at any grade level. Here are some ways Mom and Dad can help.

“Hug-a-tunity!”

Ever have those days as a parent when you are too busy at the moment to things going on around you…perhaps your child who may just be needing a moment of your time?  Where you realized it later that words weren’t enough, but sadly, you were oblivious at the time. Ouch!  You too, huh? Let’s call these “hug-a…

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Be strong in the Lord and pray…for your children

Prayer…that is what we’ve been doing for our three daughters, but more specifically our middle daughter Rianna!  This was their first year in public school after me homeschooling them for 8 yrs.  Nights leading up to school starting she would ask to pray together.  First, we prayed for the change as a whole and…

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Tips for finding peace as a perfectionist loving momma

From my earliest days, I knew I wanted to be a mom. I also knew I wanted to take Katie Couric’s spot on The Today Show – hasn’t happened. Wanted to take Sandra Day O’Connor’s spot on the Supreme Court – also seems highly unlikely. And wanted to be the youngest state senator in Nebraska history – my college friend did that…

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How do I honor a dishonorable father?

Father’s Day has passed and many of you had wonderful barbeques or breakfasts celebrating your dads. Others are feeling sad, disappointed and flooded with memories of an awful childhood. You may have been abandoned, sexually abused, emotionally battered or treated with indifference or cruelty. How do we honor this kind of…

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A father’s love

I love you Son, and I’m praying for you.                                      -John Clutter     Words delivered me by my dad every time we parted ways.   Though dad is home in Heaven, his words and who he was, remain very real and present to me.  When my dad left, it became clear…

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