Parenting

Independence, Mom Guilt, and How To Deal

Independence, Mom Guilt, and How To Deal

I used to think that mom guilt would go away as my kids got older. I used to think that as my kids became more able and independent, the things for me to feel guilty about would lessen. Y’all? So. Not. True. Let me tell […]

The #1 Reason Time Savers Don’t Work

The #1 Reason Time Savers Don’t Work

“It’s funny,” she said, “I have a bread machine, a laundry machine, a dishwasher, a slow cooker, and a dozen apps on my phone to help me save time. I have all these time savers…and yet I don’t have any time to spare. How did […]

4 Tips for Being a Parent That People Like

4 Tips for Being a Parent That People Like

We all know “that” parent. The one who causes us to roll our eyes when they approach us at the picnic or the park because we just know—”it’s” all coming down. We don’t want to be “that” parent. Now, it’s not as if we should […]

Why Your Kids Need To See You Learn and Fail

Why Your Kids Need To See You Learn and Fail

I’ve played guitar since I was ten years old. What this means is I pick the guitar up and I know what I’m doing. You generally won’t see me struggling through chord changes or rhythms or things of that nature. I’ve also been given a […]

I’m Done Cleaning My House For You

I’m Done Cleaning My House For You

Mom friends, I’m going to let you in on a dirty little secret. I mean, I love you and all…but I’m sorta done cleaning my house for you. In fact, the last time you came over to visit, I didn’t even clean behind my oven. […]

Setting Goals with Teens: Just Chill Out and Chat

Setting Goals with Teens: Just Chill Out and Chat

The older kids get, the deeper they dive into their own things. My teen sons spend a lot of time exploring their interests. At some point a few months ago, I started to wonder how we could use their interests to start them on the […]

Boy Brain: What Moms Need to Know

Boy Brain: What Moms Need to Know

To prepare for a recent talk I gave about marriage to a group of moms, I did a lot of reading on the differences between how males and females think. The crazy thing is that since I live in a house of all males, this […]

Selfies: Why We Shouldn’t Hate Them

Selfies: Why We Shouldn’t Hate Them

I know. Selfies support all the yuck we’re told about our culture today – that we’re living in a world of self-centered, narcissistic, shallow souls who are needful of other people’s approval. After all, selfies are all about look at me, look at me! And […]

Homeschool Science: Will a crayon burn for 30 minutes?

Homeschool Science: Will a crayon burn for 30 minutes?

My boys love Pinterest.Why? They see pins of “great, workable ideas”…and then they see if they can disprove them. Yes, my boys consider themselves to be Pinterest Busters. Our latest Pinterest busting adventure came after the boys saw the claim that in an emergency, a […]