Three Keys to a Healthy Relationship with Your Teen/Young Adult Child

Later this week I will travel to spend time with Katie and her husband. We are all very excited. There was a time many years ago when I could not have imagined a fun visit like this. Most of you have read either here or in my book, Love No […]

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What I Told Your Daughter–How God Sees Her

Part 2—How God Sees You: Who You Really Are Monday we talked about the unique person God made you to be. Today we will talk about how God sees you and why that matters. First you need to know one thing about God. God loves you. 1 John 4:9, 10 […]

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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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Two Tips to a Better Relationship with Your Adult Child

Did seeing your adult child during the holidays make you sad? Were you made more aware of the choices he is making that your don’t agree with? You loved being with your child, but you came away from your family celebrations with an ache in your heart. You sense that […]

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Don’t expect immediate results.

Gene and I love the show, Madame Secretary*. It is about a female Secretary of State, of course, and her family. She and her husband were friends with the President before he became President and before she became Secretary of State. On one episode the couple is in their bedroom […]

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One Lesson Your Kid Needs to Learn from You

  This morning’s news program showed a video of three men toppling over the rock formation called The Duck Bill on the coast of Oregon. My immediate thought was– What a lack of respect! The report went on to show to other similar acts of vandalism to nature. Two of […]

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  “I want to do better—be better. I want to know God more, love Him more, and trust and obey Him fully. I want to love my family wholeheartedly and I want them to know that I do. I want to be the mom, wife, and grandmother they need. I […]

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Tips for Being the Parent Your Child Needs When He Needs It

Our girls are all married and settling into “adult” life—babies, careers, finishing grad school and starting a career. From a distance it seems they are in a similar stage of life. However, I, the mom, see up close and I see what they need from me is different from their […]

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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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Simple Ways to be an Intentional Parent

  On my morning run I pass a house where often the dad, kids and their eleven-year-old yellow Labrador (I stopped to ask his age!) play on the driveway while they wait for the bus. Last year the kids rode their scooters around the driveway. Today the little girl was […]

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