When her son was born prematurely and had to spend several weeks in the NICU, author Cheryl Cardall relied on God and learned a powerful lesson that has stayed with her in the years since.
Posts in the "Kids" category:
Three Strategies for Keeping Your Cool
Here’s the thing: we are all going to screw up sometimes. No mother is perfect. Sometimes our best intentions and all our preparations leave us flailing, and we lose our temper…These moments when we mess up are the times when we have to be patient with ourselves, forgive ourselves, and try as hard as we can to find the patience next time in whatever way works best for us.
We all Deserve a Payday
Do you ever dread those moments in the restaurant when everyone is staring at your family? When you know your children’s manners are being critiqued by the grandma at the next table over? Cheryl Cardall shares what she wants to say when she’s that grandma…or sooner.
Baking Bread and the Importance of Patience
Fresh homemade bread is one of the best things in the world. But, it takes time and patience to achieve a great loaf. Join author Heather Hale as she uses her culinary skills to teach patience to her son, and remind herself of a few important things in the process.
Channeling Glinda: Patience and Parenting From the Heart
Sometimes when parenting gets difficult, the Wicked Witch inside of us threatens to come out. Learn a few simple ways to call on Glinda, the Good Witch, during parenting moments like this.
Passover Prep…with Kids
As part of the preparation for Passover, most Jewish families do a thorough cleaning of their homes. Even if you don’t celebrate Passover, you won’t want to miss author Adina Soclof’s five tips for encouraging children to help around the house and prepare for holiday festivities.
My children all love books. I suspect some of that might be genetic—both my husband and I are avid readers—but I’ve worked hard to cultivate their love for literature. April asked me to share my insights; here are the five strategies I recommend.
Spiritual Sundays: The Basket
This year, I’m discovering that Lent isn’t really about going without something, but about handing off something.
Patience Isn’t Just for Kids
Patience is a topic we usually reserve for our relationships with our children. But what about developing patience for yourself as the mother of these demanding creatures? Do you work as hard at having patience with yourself as you do at having patience with your children?
Love Is What Matters
I did something this past month I’ve been wanting to do for years: I had all our old home videos put onto DVD. And even though I was ecstatically happy to finally have them in a ready-to-watch format, I found myself bawling–bawling–as I sat down to watch the infant years of our family. But this isn’t really meant to be a post about the bittersweet agony of watching your children grow up before your very eyes on a wide screen TV
Bringing Love into the Home
I am always learning things from my children. I’m learning what it’s like to be a mom to them as they grow into different stages of their lives. It seems with each new day, month, and year, they change just enough that I have to adjust how I speak to them or how I treat them. So, it’s best to find new ways to cope with difficult situations.
Equal But Opposite Reaction
In that moment, when I let go of my reactivity and let empathy take over, love happens. Active, useful, healing love. That is motherhood at its best: giving our children that gift of understanding when it is least “deserved,” but most desperately needed.