Do you ever wonder if all your work is paying off? “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! My kids had given sacrificially and unselfishly so that we could have something nice…They demonstrated back to us what we’d been showing them for years.” This mom shares a gift she will not easily forget.
Posts in the "Kids" category:
Mushy Love Letters
One day while my infant son and I were running errands together, I had a “swell moment,” when my heart about burst out of my chest from the love I have for him. I went home and started writing. The words of adoration poured out of me as I thought about every little thing that I love about him.
I Talk To the Trees
When I was young my Dad would sing this little tune – usually to the background of six kids banging utensils, crashing toys, yelling and chasing each other round the house while one of us wheeled through the kitchen on roller skates: “I talk to the treeeees…. but they don’t listen to me.”
Mom Believes in Me
Sometimes it feels like we’re just running in circles, but when we stop and look at our lives clearly, we can see that this business of motherhood is more than it appears to be.
Piece of the Puzzle
Have you ever tried to complete a puzzle and gotten stuck with a difficult portion? Children are a lot like puzzles! Trying to work on one takes time, patience and diligence. Join author Wendy Jessen as she shares a bit of her own personal parenting puzzle. She discusses how finding missing pieces of the puzzle can make all the difference.
The Greatest Love of All?
I was a teenager when Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” catapulted to the top of the charts. And while I belted it out with the best of them, the message of the song always kind of rubbed me the wrong way. The greatest love of all is to love myself? Really? As a person […]
All Out of Babies
There are no more babies in my home. Or my arms. Not that I was all that crazy about the baby stage anyway, but sometimes I’m just not so crazy about the idea of me and my children getting older. And older.
Favorite Children’s Books
Author and mother of five Catherine Arveseth reviews her favorite children’s books from 2012.
Out of the Mouths of Babes
Do you know what your children (especially the young ones) are actually absorbing about the world around them? The following is an impromptu “interview” with my 5-year-old daughter about Santa, Jesus, and the real meaning of Christmas.
We Mothers Are Storymakers
Close your eyes and return to a moment from your childhood, whether it be an important event or a casual Monday afternoon. What is the story being told? And will your children remember the the lessons you taught?
These Are the Best Days of Your Life
I knew that when I grew up, I’d go to college, get married, and then have children of my own. My husband and I suffered through several miscarriages and five frustrating years of disappointments in the baby department. Perhaps the life I had always envisioned was not the one I was meant to have.
Saying Little, Doing Much
Lecturing and moralizing (i.e. talking a lot) does not help our kids improve their behavior. A short statement of our beliefs and then silence can do all the teaching we need. We can even use just one word to help us get our point across.
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