A Mother Who Knows Nothing

Most days, I am certain I am doing it wrong.  I picture my children, years from now, telling some therapist all of the ways that I messed up.  They will tell stories of peanut butter sandwiches for days without end because I didn’t have the energy for making anything more.  They will bemoan the fact that I repeatedly refused to allow flip flops to be worn to church for no other reason than it just felt wrong.

Join me over on the Family Matters Blog today as I admit that, when it comes to mothering, I know nothing…

Because, sometimes, you just need five minutes…

After ten years of being a working mom,  God opened the door for me to fulfill my dream of staying home with my babies.

My head was filled with visions of morning cups of coffee while children sat contently watching Sesame Street.  My home was going to be tidy and welcoming and we would have picnics in the front yard.  And quiet time with God?  Oh, it was going to happen every day.  After all, I would have so much more time since I wasn’t working a 9 to 5.

Come join me on the Family Matters Blog and let’s talk about what life at home with the kiddos is really like!

You are a mighty warrior…

Too often, we allow our insecurities to dictate what we think we can do for God.  We look in the mirror and judge what we see based on the world’s definition of beauty.  We allow man’s version of success to dictate how we feel about our lives and accomplishments.

How differently would we live if we saw in ourselves what God sees?  Because God sees a mighty warrior.

Read the story of Gideon (Judges 6:11-24.)

Go on…I’ll wait.

Now, join me over on the Family Matters blog and be reminded that God sees a lot more in you than you probably see in the mirror.

Helping Your Child Develop Healthy Friendships

There is such a fine line in parenting between guiding and controlling.  Guiding teaches.  Controlling does not.

A parent must constantly be asking themselves, especially as their child ages, if a certain outcome is in the child’s best interest or simply a parental preference.

Some parents, for instance, would prefer to pick their children’s friends for them.  This may seem, at first glance, to be in the best interest of the child.  Yet, in reality, what is best for the child is to learn to develop healthy relationships from the very beginning.

Join me over at the Family Matters blog today for three simple tips for teaching your child to develop healthy friendships.