I Can’t! No, You Can!

As a parent, you want the best for your children. You want to see them succeed. You want them to live up to their full potential. You don't want obstacles to get in their...

Abstaining from Technology?

I've been thinking about these kinds of things a lot lately: I just read this article about a mom who decided that she and her 3 teenagers were going to take a 6 month...

“Calling People Out”

A friend of mine was sharing a story about a time (some 20 years ago) when he was at Lake Hayward Beach area (in Hayward, WI) and a mother was asking her older daughter...

“You Can’t Make Me”

Sari and Macie were both given ring pops by their daycare providers the other day. Nothing unusual. They typically get a "treat" at the end of the week if they have been good. Usually I...

Our Family’s Spiritual Practices

We are not the perfect family nor the perfect parents by any means. I'm a recovering control freak. I've even lost my temper a few times (okay, more than a few times). I won't...

Integrity in Our Play

This article is a re-post from a campaign/emphasis we did at Hayward Wesleyan called "Ablaze for God." We did a series of devotionals for that week on a blog you can find here. I...

It’s Their Hill!

Every winter I create a sledding hill of of the stairs of our deck by clearing the deck of snow and slowly creating a mound higher and higher as the winter months progress. Sari...

Can I Tell You a Story?

Just like the post below, I believe in the power of a story to teach. I've got to admit that as a young parent, it is easy to default to the "lecture" format, but...
Modern Family Infographic

Modern Family Infographic

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Apologizing to My Own Kids is Difficult!

I was tickling my youngest daughter, Macie, on the couch. Boy was she giggling! She was loving it just like both of my girls do. For some reason, for them, tickling is REALLY fun....

Do You Monitor Your Teens Online Activity?

As a parent, I would definitely take issue with the words "spying on your children". Parental monitoring of your children's online activity is NOT spying! It is called parenting. I wisely monitor all aspects...