Home Is Not a Battle Zone

Home Is Not a Battle Zone

Your home is not a battle zone. Somebody might be reading this and thinking, “Well, mine is!” And I get that. There are times where there will be conflict in our homes—that’s just life. But you don’t want it to be known as the place where all the battles occur....
I’m Not Any Good at That

I’m Not Any Good at That

Parents, here’s a phrase you’re definitely going to hear your kids say somewhere along life’s road. They’re going to say, “I don’t want to do that because I’m not any good at it.” Isn’t the same true for many of us? Don’t we only want to take part in events where we...
Hey Adults, Let’s Be the Adult

Hey Adults, Let’s Be the Adult

Recently, I was thinking back to a moment that happened when I was in the middle of raising teenagers and preteens. I had found myself in a hefty disagreement with our teen, and words and emotions were flying from both directions. We had unearthed a battle ground in...
Healthy Healing

Healthy Healing

As parents and grandparents, it’s natural that a big part of our goal in raising kids is to avoid doing things that were painful for us in our own childhoods. I’m not talking about the things like disciplining kids, teaching them about perseverance and sticking with...
“I’m Bored!”

“I’m Bored!”

Delayed gratification isn’t all that popular, is it? Think about the common refrain of younger kids: “I’m bored!” Whenever I would say that as I was growing up, my mom would respond, “I’m never bored; I’m always with me.” That response annoyed me as a kid, but I...