3 Reasons to Start the Parent Dialogue

3 Reasons to Start the Parent Dialogue

Marco sat in my office looking at the floor, mustering up courage to share what was bothering him. He was a sixth grade boy who eventually told me he saw inappropriate photos on his mom’s phone that she sent to her boyfriend. Tears streamed down his face. Mom...
Hope for Parents of Middle Schoolers

Hope for Parents of Middle Schoolers

“To Him who is able to do immeasurable more than we can ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20 This verse has been my mainstay in recent weeks. I’m praying it, declaring it, believing it. I wish I believed in the power of God...
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,...
50 Things I’m Glad I Did Raising Boys

50 Things I’m Glad I Did Raising Boys

My oldest son is leaving for his senior year in college and Boy #2 is starting his first year at the university.  It’s challenge raising a man in today’s culture. The standards of his world are different than they were for his dad and granddads.  But certain...
Instagram Mom, Please Stop

Instagram Mom, Please Stop

I came across this beautiful photo (of which I’ve cropped) on my Instagram feed last night. It’s beautiful. Everything is propped and proportioned so meticulously. The colors are beautiful and the caption is great.  But it broke my heart. Actually, the...