Fostering Self-Confidence In Our Children

How our kids feel about themselves has a direct impact on how they relate to others and navigate their world. By focusing on just four key practices, we can build up our child’s self-esteem and prepare them for success in life for years to come.

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Rest For the Weary

Since the spring, my plate has been overflowing with obligations and to-do lists. From home renovations and inspections and mortgage applications to the daily drain that is life, I’ve found myself nearly completely overwhelmed at the end of every day. And for me, with all of that comes frustration, anxiety and an overall feeling of…

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Embracing Our Children Through the Tween and Teenage Seasons

Today is my younger boy’s birthday. He’s turning eleven and I am so excited about the man he’s becoming. Parents talk often about cringing and bracing themselves for the middle school and high school years with their kids, and I get that. But several years ago, I read a post by Jen Hatmaker on parenting…

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#12: Solving the Summertime Boredom Dilemma

Dear Ellie, My children are out of school for the summer and it’s only been a week, but I am ready to scream. What are some practical ways that I can save my sanity while also helping my kids enjoy their summer break? We are a one-income family, so I don’t have a lot of…

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Resurfacing

The past several months have been a whirlwind at our home. From trudging through the assessment season in March and April at school to preparing our home for the real estate market, life has been hectic to say the least. Today marks my first Monday of summer break, and I kicked it off by gleaning…

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3 Spring Break Secrets for Parents

Bracing yourself for a break with your children over the next few days? Check out three secrets from a teacher and mama that just might help you get through the next several days unscathed.

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Dear Lilly Mae, On Daughter’s Day

I lost my first child, Lilly Mae, to miscarriage at thirteen weeks gestation on February 13, 2005. This letter was originally written to her on Saturday, May 14, 2016. It has been thirteen years since I lost my girl, and while the pain eases with time, it never leaves. Not a day goes by that…

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On Empathy and Consent

Teaching our kids about consent requires us to first teach them empathy, the ability to see life from someone else’s perspective and show compassion.

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#11: The Storm

“While the path you’re on might not be clear right now, there is so much more life and love in front of you. One step in front of the other, I’m sure you’ll find your way. And women like me who have walked this same road are standing on the sidelines cheering you on.”

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Finding Their Voice

To teach our children consent, we must first start with one of the most basic human elements – one’s emotions. Developing emotional intelligence in your child empowers them to find and use their voice. This is no small thing. It is life saving.

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A Case for Teaching Consent to our Children

“Time is up for ignoring the fact that our children are going to have sex one day. Time is up for believing that ‘boys will be boys.’ Time is up for crossing our fingers and hoping our kids make the right decisions in their relationships instead of walking through those relationships with them intentionally. Time is up for teaching behavior modification and ignoring the state of our children’s hearts.”

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A New Day Is On the Horizon

Several years ago at one of my former schools, a man in a position of authority over me reached under my skirt and touched me inappropriately between my legs over my tights as he walked by me in the hallway. By the time it was over, only a millisecond had passed. I will never forget…

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#10: Love, Free and Clear

This week’s letter is from a parent struggling with her child’s transition from childhood to adulthood. Raising kids is hard, holy work. Lots of parents love their kids, but love is not enough. In order to be a great parent, you must be willing to do difficult things to help your children grow. Read on for more!

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2018: Generous

“Every time I see the beautifully-wrapped square package with their names written on the gift tag, I am reminded of what it means to live in a spirit of generosity. It means giving when you don’t feel like it. It means choosing to see someone’s actions from a perspective different than your own. It means giving of your resources not necessarily because you want to because you know it’s the loving thing to do.”

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On Trust & Giving Your Whole Heart

Years ago, I started writing letters to my sons. There were so many things I wanted to tell them but either the timing wasn’t right or they weren’t in the mood to talk or I felt like what I wanted to share was a bit advanced for their age. I didn’t want those thoughts to…

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#9: Between Lost and Found

This week, we hear from a brave reader who, without asking any questions in black and white, is asking the biggest question of them all: is my life worth living?

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#8: Self-Care and Survival

Holidays and boundaries usually don’t mix (without a good deal of effort). This week, we hear from a mama who wants to make the holidays less about stress and more about peace and belonging.

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#7: Shame is a Liar

How do we make peace with our past mistakes? What does the process of self-forgiveness look like? It requires effort and work, but I can’t think of anything more important. With the peace that accompanies self-forgiveness comes the ability to grow and live a full life.

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#5: The Place Where Healing Begins

Should I stay or should I go?

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#4: On Keeping a Friendship Alive

How do friendships last? What can we do to nurture and grow them while also being true to ourselves? This week, Birdie responds to a reader looking for advice about friendship.

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#3: Making Meaning Out of Suffering

This week, we hear from a reader whose friend is being abused. She asks, “Is there anything I can do to help her get away from this terrible man while also protecting myself?”

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#2: The Truth Will Set Itself Free

Co-parenting is tough. But it’s possible if we keep our kids at the center and find healthy outlets for anger and hurt that is sure to come with navigating a divorce with children.

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#1: Tired Mama is Tired

Owning our story and caring for ourselves through the process of our becoming isn’t easy. But it is what we all must do if we want to grow and change and bloom.

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Word of the Year 2017 | Assured

Looking back on 2016 and towards 2017 with one word in particular in mind: assured.

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