Transitioning from Micromanager to Advisor

It is hard to think of allowing our children to make mistakes, but that is the only way they will learn. Not being successful at something on the first time does not mean your child will never get it; it only means your child needs practice. Children fall down a lot when they are learning […]

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Discipline in the Early Years: Getting to the Heart

You are at a restaurant to have a nice meal and a lovely time of visiting with your spouse, family, or friends. You are forced into hearing what is happening at the next booth. “Stop that! What are you doing?” the mom asks in frustration. “But I don’t want to eat it” whines the child […]

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Practical Suggestions for Parenting Through the Teen Years

Does this sound familiar? Yesterday morning went something like this: Me: Liv. Liv! Olivia! Olivia Marie! (at the top of my lungs) Liv: Crickets. Me: Stomping up the stairs, muttering under my breath, Disrespectful!  She’s ignoring me!?  I bet she’s just hoping I’ll give up.  I’m not giving up!  In fact, I’m the opposite of giving up. […]

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Discipline by Design

Well, I have decided to go there—the place few parents want to go when talking to other parents. You know what I’m talking about. Oh yes, the oft forbidden elephant in the room, “your way is wrong,” “this parenting book says differently” topic: Discipline. It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you […]

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