What I Told Your Daughter

This past weekend I experienced a first. I spoke at a high school girls’ retreat. Yes, I have had teen girls in my audiences, but this was the first time teen girls were my primary audience. We had a ball! My heart’s desire was for these girls to know how […]

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Making Your Life Better than Chocolate Cake

I, like many of you, am watching as much of the Olympics as my schedule will allow. On Sunday the announcers cut away from the Olympic coverage to show a little of Tony Dungy’s speech as he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. After his speech, the announcers […]

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What Does God Expect from You?

My work started early today—6:30am! My video/website guy, Chris*, and his intern arrived here at 6:30am to shoot a new video for my website. I am in awe of how he turns any setting into the perfect video/photo shoot. He brings all the toys—lights, fuzzy microphone, light reflectors, light filters, […]

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Why Your Kids Need Confidence

A couple of weeks ago I posted a blog about how my confidence level affected my girls’ confidence. As I thought about helping my kids have confidence and how to do that, I realized in order for our kids to become confident and not cocky we need to first discuss […]

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Why Your Daughter Needs You to be Comfortable in Your Own Skin

After years of wearing my hair short, I am growing it out. At times I don’t recognize the woman in the mirror or pictures. Recently while looking at family pictures with one of the girls, I made a negative comment about how my hair looked. My daughter scolded me (in […]

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Will Your Kids Be Ready for Real Life?

Recently I went to a friend’s house for a long overdue coffee talk. I greeted her young teen daughter. “She just got up,” her mom explained when she responded with a sleepy “Hi.” “Summer is a great time to go at a slower pace and relax,” I tried to empathize […]

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Growing Responsible Kids

  Photo from:https://www.etsy.com/shop/shopcocoprints  I often encourage parents that their kids’ choices are their kids’ choices. They cannot take the blame or guilt of their kids making poor decisions. And that is true. And the converse is true too—we cannot take credit for their good decisions. All that to say, I’m […]

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5 Things Your Child Needs From You before Back to School

I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. I’m ready to get back into a schedule even though I’ve had a ball spending time with friends and my family. But I also hate that the girls are going back to school and it will be weeks between visits. […]

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Five Secular Books that Profoundly Influenced My Life

    A few days ago I wrote about seven Christian books that have helped to make me me. Today I will share with you five secular books that have profoundly influenced me as well. As with the previous seven authors, in the pages of these books I have also […]

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Are Your Sure You’re Not Teaching Your Kids They Are Entitled?

Recently I posted a question on Facebook asking everyone what they were doing on that beautiful summer day. I was spending my day studying for an earth science test the next day. Surely everyone else was having more fun than me and I wanted to hear about it. One mom […]

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