20 Survival Tips for Parenting Independence

20 Survival Tips for Parenting Independence

I woke in the middle of the night and looked at my phone. No text. I checked again. Only Twitter, Instagram and email notifications. Not what I was looking for. What I was looking for was a “Thanks, Mom, I love you,” or at least an “I love you,...
Releasing Boys to Be Men

Releasing Boys to Be Men

It’s been a full week. To the naked eye it seems like things are normal but as I listened to my heart I realized I am holding on to my emotional strings tightly, trying to hold things together. Big transitions are happening at our house this summer and I...
5 Tips When You Feel Miserably Insecure

5 Tips When You Feel Miserably Insecure

I walked across the shore of Lake Michigan. It was beautiful. As I approached a curve in the coastline, the only way to avoid water was to walk on broken cement and rocks hugging the landscape. I was alone, with a torn ACL in one knee, and was insecure about my...
4 Ways to Deal With Hurt

4 Ways to Deal With Hurt

Hurt is something we’ve all experienced. My first memory of being physically hurt was falling and cutting my lip on a metal toolbox when I was three. I still have the scar. My first memory of being emotionally hurt was when, as the youngest, an older sibling called me...
5 Lessons When Faith Becomes Real

5 Lessons When Faith Becomes Real

Big changes are happening at the Yoder home. Another graduate is on our doorstep. Our firstborn is leaving as a full time missionary in August. And I’m leaving my secure, paid job as a school counselor to devote more time to writing, speaking, advocating, and...

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