Parenting approaches differ from household to household. Boundaries, beliefs, discipline and values are just a few of the differences. I, like most parents I presume, have an opinion about what is "good parenting" versus what is "not so good parenting". There are things I see in other families that I think, "there is no way … Continue reading Pour Your Heart Out: Parenting Peer Pressure
I Skype with my mom almost every morning. We are pajama clad, bed-headed and sleepy-eyed. One cup of coffee maybe. But there is a small window of opportunity to be with her each day, something I have missed living in a different state for almost twelve years now. Before Skype, our conversations were often but … Continue reading Five Minute Friday: What mama did
"How did it go?" asked DW, his voice meeting me in the darkness. "Today, I don't want to be a parent," I replied, crawling back under the covers. One piece of advice I must never forget was given to me by a MOPS mentor mom. She told me that when making disciplinary choices, the hardest … Continue reading Being a parent can suck the life right out of you
If you are a parent, then you know the feeling of desperation of spending hours upon hours trying to help your child maneuver through the friendship battlefield. We listen and we advise. We role play and practice dialogue. But sometimes, it seems like there is just no solution other than getting personally involved. So when … Continue reading When should you call a parent about their kid’s behavior?
As parents, we think of ourselves as protectors. Protectors of faith. Protectors of happiness. Protectors of innocence. Protectors from pain or disappointment and even the protectors of future possibilities. And for a lot of years, I think our children see us as their protectors. They expect us to protect them from being hungry or … Continue reading Umbrella: a protecting force or influence