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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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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#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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#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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