Cranberry Sauce

Make this easy cranberry sauce recipe a few days ahead of mealtime. It’s the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table.

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Mama’s Spaghetti & Meatballs

Did you know you could make homemade spaghetti and meatballs in less than an hour? This family favorite can be doubled to feed a crowd with leftovers, too!

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Parenting and the Political Divide

Parenting through tough topics ain’t for the faint of heart. And partisan politics is no exception. But shying away from this uncomfortable issue hurts our kids and leaves them ill-equipped to navigate their world in a meaningful way. Over the past couple of years, I have found myself drowning in frustration and sorrow at the…

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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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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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Aunt Karen’s Lasagna

This recipe was passed down to me by my Aunt Karen, a woman who is really more like a sister and best friend and aunt and motherly figure all rolled into one. Read on for the impact she’s made in my life and to get this inside scoop on this yummy, family-friendly meal that’s ready in less than 40 minutes!

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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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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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#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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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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