Advent Reflection: Gentle Family Living

He tends his flock like a shepherd:     He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;     he gently leads those that have young. This verse in Isaiah 40 encouraged me quite a bit as I was raising a house full of children. I was heartened that God was my shepherd and…

School In. Peace Out.

Today is the last first day of school in America. By the end of the week, most moms will have resigned themselves to the bittersweet rhythms of another school year. On one hand, it’s great to have the children back into a routine. On the other hand, peace often fades as school year demands settle…

Thanksgiving Prep: It Might Take the Whole Month

Thanksgiving is almost here! No. For real. It may seem like you have a lot of time to prepare for hosting your family, but the month will fly by. If you want to minimize the stress of holiday prep, start now. 1.Find out who’s coming over. Joe and I counted 20 potential guests between all…

The Family Huddle: Where Toddler Training Begins

Every great team circles up for a pep talk and families are no different. If we want to raise children who understand and embody what we value, we have to set aside time to talk about those values consistently. Like good coaches, we need to offer guidance, correction, and inspiration so the family team feels…

Practical Ideas for Time Management

When we feel out of balance, time management may not  be the real problem. The real problem may be that we’re not managing other things well. This, in turn, causes everything to take longer than it should. Now that we’re headlong into the school year, it’s a good time to evaluate how things are going…

Easy Ways to Prep for the School Year

1. Buy yourself new notebooks. There’s nothing better than clean, white paper on which to make lists and plans. Start with a spiral that you can carry with you while shopping. A 3-ring binder can be used throughout the year to store important school information. Separate it by tabs for each child and you have…