The New Silent Killer of Relationships: Multitasking

Last night I burned dinner while I was texting. I was embarrassed admitting to my family why dinner was less than my best. Have you ever done this? A “quick” look at Facebook and your water has boiled over?  An email about a great sale happening sucks you in and you’ve forgotten what you were doing. Multitasking […]

Don’t Believe the Lie: Monitoring is Not Spying

I often hear parents and news articles refer to monitoring their child’s phone as “spying.” Most often this is referred to in a negative light, “I don’t feel right spying on my kids to see what they’re doing on-line.” While the definition of the word spying can mean (1)to observe secretively, which certainly can feel […]

Dear Homeschool Mom: 7 Truths You Need Right Now and Every Day.

Dear Homeschool Mom, You are a BRAVE PARENT. You might not believe me but I think you are amazing. Beautiful. Breathtaking. You inspire and encourage me, even when you’re struggling to form sentences after an exhausting day. I think you have the most beautiful heart and are so brave. You said, “yes” even when others (possibly even […]

#Flawless: How a Hashtag is Destroying Our Daughters

The evening sun was still blazing hot as my daughter and I found the tiniest patch of shade to settle our chairs in. We had 1.5 hours ahead of us while we watched my youngest son’s football practice. Without consideration of what my daughter planned to do, I selfishly and quickly settled into the book […]

Losing Your Mind Over Media? 3 Quick Fixes You Can Start Today

All of the dishes rest clean and dry in the dishwasher while their dirty counterparts pile higher and higher in the sink above. The chore of putting away those clean dishes lies with the child, who, at the present time could be found hiding behind the sofa. As I softly coax him out from behind the […]

SEXTING: What Parents Need to Know (and Do!)

Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links to products for which we may receive a commission. What you know about sexting probably depends on your age and the age of your child. If you have middle school aged children in the public school system, you may have heard stories directly from your children or perhaps you have already dealt with […]

The Truth About Fairy Tales

Childhood is a brief and sacred time, and sometimes parents skip over how important it is for kids to be kids. We tap our foot waiting for Father Time to speed up the process, because when they’re little, they can be exhausting! We’re almost always expecting relief in the next phase of their maturity rather […]

7 Character Building Family Activities

Nine months have quickly passed and we find ourselves surrounded by the endless possibilities of summer. If you are like most parents, you stand at the end of May in disbelief another year has flown by. We can wish for time to slow down but in reality the time with our children is fleeting. We have […]

The One Reason Kids Need Parental Restrictions on Phones

A recent study by Pew Research Group showed that only 16% of parents use parental controls to restrict their child’s cell or smart phone. To restate this in a more obvious and ominous way: 84% of parents DO NOT USE parental controls to restrict phone usage. As a parent in the 16% I assume this […]

Parents Need Second Chances

I recently gave my Canon point and shoot camera to one of my children to use for fun. I loved the idea of supporting her interest in photography. I anticipated seeing the world through her eyes as I uploaded the pictures to my computer.  What would be the primary focus of the pictures? People, nature, […]

Maintaining Boundaries: A Simple Way to Avoid Resenting Your Children.

It was 7:54am. I just returned home from my second trip to the schools to hear my middle school daughter lamenting about having to walk out into the morning mist and humidity with her freshly straightened hair to catch the school bus at 8:02. This girl can go from smooth and sleek to afro in 3.6 […]

5 Reasons To Stop Wishing Yourself Rich

It’s so easy to conclude all our problems would be made easier with more money. It’s such a lie. The lies I tell myself are: more money would mean my family would be able to travel when the kids are out of school (the ‘peak times’ we currently have to avoid). More money means my […]

Your Brain on Books: 10 Incredible Benefits to Reading

A brain on books is proven to be better than a brain without books. Statistics show that a quarter of Americans have not read a single book in the past 12 months. Come on now, we need to be reading a lot more! Here are 10 game-changing and incredible reasons you should be reading more […]

The Key Difference Between SELF and SELFIE

We have a rule in our home of “No Selfies.” None taken, none texted, and none posted on social media. None. And we don’t just state this as a rule, we ensure it is complied with by restricting all pictures from being sent and received on our kid’s phones. If selfies are found, the camera […]

How 20 Minutes a Day Can Change Your Child

I want the best for my kids. You do too, I’m sure. What if  I told you that one of the best things you can do for your child only took 20 minutes. That a solid 20 minutes has the potential to change your child’s life. Dare I say it, maybe even your relationship?  Would you […]

6 Expectations Every Family Needs And Can Be Implemented Today

Have your kids ever thrown back statements like, “You expect me to be perfect all the time!” or “It’s impossible to do anything right with all your rules!” when you hold them accountable to expectations? This has become a hot topic for my family. So much that I personally found the need to take a […]

ADHD: To Medicate or Not? An Honest Opinion From a Pharmacist and Parent

Being a retail Pharmacist is sort of like my ‘other life’ outside of being a parent, blogger, and speaker. I enjoy my job because I love getting to know people, helping them overcome simple ailments like allergies or sore muscles, and simply being a kind soul in the brutal territory of sickness, disease, addiction, and […]

Should Girls Have More Restricted Social Media than Boys?

I have 3 girls and 4 boys. Not all of my children are old enough (by my standards) to have a phone or social media but in those who are I have already seen a vast difference in how each gender handles phones and social media. Personally, I understand girls. Sharing the same gender class […]

Parenting Bravely – Even When You Think You Suck At It.

As I sat curled up in a love seat across from four of the most beloved and trusted women in my life, they stunned me silent with one challenging question: What is your biggest fear? My first thought was, why are we talking about me? Isn’t it time to dive into someone else’s murky waters? […]

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