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How to Fight Stay-at-Home-Mom Depression

First of all, anytime you experience troubling emotional symptoms it is important to check in with your doctor to rule out other causes and get their professional advice on ways to treat how you are feeling. Therapy and medication can be amazing game-changers when struggling with mental health issues. These are tools you should explore with... Read more

8 Tips for Finding Peace in Your Children’s School Decisions

As a parent, its been hard to miss the heated discussions taking place over recent weeks about whether or not children should return to school in the fall in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Most schools have already set out plans for how they intend to keep children safe when they return, and now parents everywhere... Read more

Why Single Moms Don’t Attend Church (And What We Can Do about It)

Single Moms. Just hearing those two words together immediately evokes a response. For some, you will think of the single mother who raised you, as your father passed away far too early, or maybe you think of a special co-worker, family member, or friend who has a unique story. Your heart is filled with compassionate... Read more

6 Best Ways to Model True Discernment for Your Kids

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him... Read more

5 Ways to Deal with Tension between You and Your Children

My kids always dreaded it when we said, We need to have a family meeting ASAP. To them, it equated to lectures, rules, and reminders of how theyd messed up. It took my husband and I a long time to approach things differently. Once we started communicating with our kids, instead of communicating at them,... Read more

10 Things You Teach Your Daughter When You Criticize Women

5. Shell never be good enough. Bottom line, when we criticize women, we send a hidden message to our daughters that theyll never be good enough.My daughter returned from a friends house pretty discouraged. They were making friendship bracelets in the living room while her mom watched TV. The news covered a story on Americas... Read more

Do We Need to Talk Modesty with Our Sons Too?

With the ebb and flow of cultural and societal changes, words take on different meaning and the word modesty is no exception. What was considered modesty 100 years ago looks a bit different than what wed consider modest today. Even reading the word modesty in the title of this post brought a picture to your... Read more

When Is the Right Time to Offer Parental Advice?

Another Parent Asks for Your Opinion The number one clue that you can give parental advice is when you are asked. A direct invitation to share your opinion is a privilege. When one trusts us enough to seek our guidance, our role is to share with love, grace, and truth. If we handle the opportunity... Read more

4 Burdens Mothers Always Carry for Their Children

The Burden of Safety Ask any mom on the planet, and she will likely tell you that her childrens safety and well-being is at the top of her concerns. Not only were mothers created as nurturers, they were created with a heart of protectiveness as well. And while protectiveness can be a good thing, in... Read more

10 Ways You Can Make A Difference in Your Grandchild’s Life

You have so much valuable wisdom and life experience. Be willing to share your skills, your knowledge, and your expertise with your grandchild. Teach them to bake bread, build a birdhouse, change a tire, crochet, or learn something from you. They will not only gain valuable skills, but will also build valuable memories in the... Read more

10 Affirmations for the Parent of a Prodigal Child

Susan Aken iBelieve Contributing Writer Parenting is one of the best and hardest experiences in life. Our powerful love for our children can feel scary at times. Scary because it means were vulnerable. It doesnt take long to discover that we have little control over these precious ones who hold our hearts.For the Christian parent,... Read more

What it Takes to Mother Black Boys

When I thought about becoming a mother, I knew that I wanted to find out the gender of each child as early as possible so that I could plan for his or her arrival. There were names to select and a registry to createdreams of cribs and mobiles danced in my head like sugar-plum fairies.... Read more

A Prayer for a Grandparents Heart during Quarantine

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be... Read more

How to Teach Your Teens the True Definition of Success

Ive heard it said that many lessons in life are caught instead of taught. And to a certain degree, its true. Parents of teens hope that by demonstrating upstanding character, hard work, and faith, their kids will catch on and naturally follow suit.But in reality, theres a healthy balance between merely living as good examples... Read more

10 Ways Your Grandchildren Need You during COVID-19

There are many cliches about grandparents: how they spoil their grandchildren, how they allow their grandchildren to eat treats and watch television, or how they hang every piece of their grandchilds artwork up on the refrigerator. These may be lighthearted stereotypes, but there is deeper truth to them, as anyone who is blessed to have... Read more

10 Ways You Can Help Special Needs Caregivers Keep Going

Before the tidal wave known as COVID-19 hit us, I was sitting with a group of friends in a coffee shop. We all are writers, but we spent the first half of our time together sharing what was going on in our messy lives. Not very long into the conversation, a few of us special... Read more

10 Things Dad Would Especially Love This Father’s Day

Todays culture puts extreme pressure on our men to perform. Theyre constantly bombarded with messages telling them to be more successful, wealthier, more sensitive yet also strong, hard workers who also spend time with their families, to purchase that bigger home or better car, yet also remain debt free.Then theres the pressure many men place... Read more

Top 4 Affirmations Your Dad Needs To Hear This Fathers Day

Lets face it: being a dad is tough.I know we make it look easy (or maybe not) but there is nothing easy about being a dad. My fatherhood journey includes raising two kids, one who has special needs. I know in the traditional family model dad is the rock. Mom is the glue that holds... Read more

How to Talk about Privilege with Your Family

Privilege can be hard to define, understand and talk about, but we owe it to our families to talk through how our privileges have benefited us, and to answer Gods call into thoughtful, humble reflections about the best and worst of our family origins.The first time I had a conversation about privilege with my children,... Read more

7 Biblical Grandparents and the Amazing Lessons They Teach Us

Remember flannelgraphs? The life of Isaac provided rich material for these eye-catching Sunday School lessons--promised to parents of old age, bound and offered by his father as a sacrifice, kept at home while a servant was sent to choose his wife, blessed with twins.The grandparents of Joseph through one of their twins, this Bible patriarch... Read more

10 of the Best Ways to Love on Your Mom This Mother’s Day

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty if fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30This Mother’s Day, many of us will still be reeling from the corona virus pandemic. Many moms have added “homeschooling,” and “coach,” to their resumes amidst the normal laundry lists of tasks, and for many of us,... Read more

7 Prayers for When Parenting Is a Struggle

Are you struggling with parenting right now? It’s no secret that parenting is hard, but some times are more difficult than others. If you and your family are finding these days of social distancing and quarantine to be a little more challenging than you expected from a relationship perspective, I want to provide you with seven... Read more

10 Ways to Make Your Mom Feel Truly Loved

Betsy St. Amant Haddox iBelieve Contributing Writer A mothers love is a beautiful gift. God uniquely designed mothers with instincts, desires, and abilities that reflect His own nurturing and loving care for us. He has equipped moms in a special way, not only with the ability to bear and deliver a child, but also spiritually,... Read more

A Prayer of Protection over What Your Children See

Be careful little eyes what you seeBe careful little eyes what you seeFor your Father up above is looking down in loveSo be careful little eyes what you see.~ Author UnknownIt has been said that memory is like a filing cabinet in the brain, where thoughts, ideas, and  perceptions are stored away in separate files... Read more

A Prayer for Those Still Waiting to Be Mothers

Betsy de Cruz Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer I remember when I first learned that Mother's Day can be the most painful date on the calendar for those still waiting to be mothers. A dear friend who had waited years to become pregnant received the devastating news that her baby had died in utero. When I visited... Read more

20 Bible Verses That Honor the Blessing of Mothers

Veronica Olson Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com Mothers Day is a wonderful time to draw our attention to our mothers (and mother-figures!) and the important role they have played and continue to play in our lives.We admire our mothers and mother figures for their nurturing, their strength, their kindness, their sacrifice, and perhaps their sense of humor and... Read more

5 Communication Mistakes That Lead Children to Rebel

Betsy de Cruz Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer When my son made his arrival into this world 22 years ago, the fact that he was screaming his tiny lungs out pointed to future challenges. I hugged my little miracle in my arms, but I couldnt get him to stop crying. In the days to follow, hed cry,... Read more

12 Coronavirus Conversation Starters for Great Talks with Your Kids

What better time than quarantine to start a new hobby? Both kids and parents can use this time to do something theyve always wanted to do. Ask your kids what they would like to try and be as supportive as possible in fostering that interest.Here are a few hobby ideas to consider for your family: -... Read more

5 Tips for Raising More Teachable Children (Even during Quarantine)

Teachable children are sensitive to Gods prodding as well as to parental influence. Not only does faith support our work as parents, but its our most important subject matter. Equipping children with a faith relationship is a gift that will bless them their whole lives. Story is an easy way to bridge a faith relationship... Read more

10 Fears Every Parent Struggles With

We pray. We ask God for discernment and freedom from the lies we hold on to. We ask Him to help us focus on His truth and His guidance in all our parenting. Lets even ask Him to forgive us for holding on to beliefs that werent true. We can read the Truth. We can spend... Read more