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Encouraging Tween Boy Friendships

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I’ve always thought I’d have to work hard to coax the right friendships with my daughter, but I’ll be honest, I never gave the same amount of thought towards my son’s friendships. After all, he’s my baby, so wouldn’t he just naturally want to hang out with me and my husband all the time? Having both a daughter and son …

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The Key to Helping Kids Go To Sleep Without You

helping kids go to sleep without you

Let’s face it, leaving our kids is never easy. It doesn’t matter whether you’re leaving your newborn overnight for the first time or trusting your teenagers to stay home alone while you and your husband get some much needed time away together; any time you walk away from your home with your kids still in it, you leave a piece …

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32 Cheap Kids Easter Basket Ideas

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Even though Easter is this week, have no fear! I have 32 cheap kids Easter basket ideas for you that you can easily pull together before this Easter: Easter Stickers Sidewalk Chalk Bubbles Jump Rope Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs (my personal favorite) Easter Book Coloring Book DVDs (our kids especially love VeggieTales & What’s in the Bible) Glow Sticks Mini …

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Know, Grow & Show: The Right Way to Raise a Princess Today

Right Way to Raise a Princess

What little girl doesn’t dream about becoming a princess? The thought of tiaras, castles and gowns alone can cause internal squeals of delight. Add in the bevy of beauties Disney dazzles before our daughters on a daily basis and you can see why our little girls find a hard time discerning between fairy tales and real life. Don’t get me …

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4 Character Traits of Jesus for Kids

4 character traits of jesus for kids

We are called to be more like Christ. Right? I mean, I know we all know that as Christians, but sometimes that is easier said than done! We are filled with the Holy Spirit, so the same characteristics that Jesus embodies live within us as well. But sometimes we have trouble seeing those traits in ourselves on a daily basis, …

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Football is Family

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As we’ve entered into the NFL post-season, I noticed myself getting a little sad instead of excited. This may come as a surprise knowing how much I love football – especially when it means getting together with friends and family on a Sunday to cheer on our favorite team (or root against a division rival!); instead of thinking about what …

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The 4 Things You Need to Learn from My Dad {In Memory of Jerry Strauss}

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Today would have been my dad’s 89th birthday. But he died on October 12th of this year. While most would agree dying at his age constitutes a good life, I believed he still had a lot in him to give. So on this New Year’s Eve, my dad’s birthday, I want to keep my dad’s memory alive by sharing 4 …

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Don’t Just Say It, Write It {The Importance of Thank You Notes}

The Importance of Thank You Notes

Presents unwrapped, meals enjoyed, miles traveled and memories made…this holiday season is almost one for the record books. But does that mean we should just move on and start looking ahead to the new year? Hardly. While the holidays are almost behind us, there is one way that we can ensure they end on a positive note… “How?” you ask. …

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JellyTelly Free Offer & New Partnership!

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As you well know, my very first book, Raising Uncommon Kids, releases next month. The book is all about, well…helping our kids become uncommon and standing out in today’s society. So what better way to spread that message than to partner with a team who’s doing that far better than anyone I know: the team behind What’s in the Bible …

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What NOT to do when your daughter gets asked out for the first time

what not to do when your daughter gets asked out

It happened. For the past decade, I’ve wondered when it would happen. I’ve watched my sweet baby girl, my first-born child, grow and develop right in front of my very eyes. That sweet scrunchy nose that she modeled in every smiley-faced picture for years gradually evolved into a perfectly picturesque young woman. We haven’t allowed her to have a phone, …

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