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Helping Kids Celebrate Parents’ Birthdays

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Today I turn 40. For the past nine years, I have to admit, birthdays have been a bit anti-climactic. Let’s face it, our young adult years are filled with a barrage of milestone birthdays: 16, 18, 21, 25 (though I’m still not sure why), 29 and of course, the big 3-0. But after we get into our thirties, things seem ... Read More »

Top 3 Ways to Steal Gratitude from your Children

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Thank you. Two simple words, yet they mean so much. When said with warmth, sincerity and integrity, they communicate love and appreciation. Yet when said with sarcasm and guilt, they leave you feeling worse than you did before. Ironically, these are also some of the first words we teach our children to respond with. In fact, we taught our kids ... Read More »

How to love when you don’t feel like it…

how to love when you don't feel like it

Love. It’s what February is all about, right? But what about those of us that don’t have love in our lives? Or worse yet, what if we love deeply, but get hurt by that love? Perhaps we’ve reached the point where we simply just don’t feel very loving anymore. What then? I can tell you from first-hand experience, I found ... Read More »

How to Deal with Bullying: My son’s story

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While there are many rights of passage for a child – learning to walk, losing a tooth, breaking a bone – I’m not sure if any strikes as much fear in a mom as letting their child ride the bus for the first time. Since my kids went to private school until this year, riding the bus was never an ... Read More »

Are You Tithing or Tipping?

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Recently I was sitting in a local Nashville institution catching up on some work while my kids were at a birthday party. As I typed, a blank stage stared back at me. Obviously, in addition to an eatery, it was used as a live music venue during the evening hours. Though there were no performers at the time, the stools, microphones and ... Read More »

Our Kids Bedtime Routine & Prayer

Kids Bedtime Routine

Motherhood crept up on me. I know I know, I had nine months to prepare for my first child. But as an only child myself, I was not exposed to a lot of babies, much less taught how to care for little ones. I followed my doctors advice and actually didn’t read any parenting books while I was pregnant. However, ... Read More »

Starting Your School Day Off Right: 4 Quick Tips

starting your school day off right: 4 quick tips

Since I promised 4 Quick Tips to starting your school day off right, let me just quench the suspense and give those to you right away: 1. Lay out your priorities 2. Develop a schedule 3. Set their minds 4. Communicate your expectations Now if you want to learn the detailed how and why behind making each of these tips ... Read More »

Tommy Nelson May Blog Post: Being a Mom

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Being is mom is exhilarating, fulfilling and comforting… but at the same time it can be nerve-wracking, frustrating and downright scary! Never has that been more true than in our world today. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. ~ Proverbs 16:3 Being a mom doesn’t mean having all the answers, but it does ... Read More »

The nation’s thrill; a mother’s terror #PrayforBoston

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When news came of the Boston Marathon bomber suspect finally being apprehended last night, there was a thrill that came over the nation. I can only imagine that Bostonians in particular experienced a sense of relief that this terrorist had been caught and a sense of peace in knowing the lockdown has finally ended. But for one mother, her terror ... Read More »