Chajay Wise Summertime is here—and that means more free time for the little people in my home. Between pools, playdates, camps, and finding the right time to just relax, summer can be another full time job. I don’t know about your kiddos, but mine are out of school for exactly 10 weeks which can seem…

Liz Hansen “Moooooom! I’m boooored!” I’d been bracing myself for this time-honored refrain for months as my almost-4-year-old’s naptime slowly transitioned to “quiet” time. I felt a deep stab of guilt. His toddler brother was sound asleep, and the nap block was sacrosanct for my work time. We had to solve this. “That’s a long…

Leah Jennings Confessions of an Introvert I am an introvert through and through. Although I love authentic relationships and conversations, people, no matter how much I love them, drain my energy. Do you know who else is a person (albeit little)? My three-year-old daughter, Arden. No one ever talked to me about what it would…

Doug and Cathy Fields Excerpted from Intentional Parenting, by Doug and Cathy Fields Have the words “Because I said so” ever come out of your mouth? This “quick fix” answer we sometimes give our kids when they ask “Why?” can ultimately undermine our authority as parents. “Because I said so” was never a satisfying answer when…

Sarah Bragg There’s been one thing that has become clear to me through having kids that is missing in my life (and the life of many other people I know). Sound sleep, money in the bank, and a leisure day at the pool are all missing from my life as a parent, but I’m not…

Tim Walker Growing up, I had a hard time connecting with my dad. Different Interests As a kid, all I could see were the differences between us.I liked to read comic books.I loved to draw.I would play with action figures for hours.Or make spaceships out of boxes.I loved TV, and I would anxiously await the…

Ted Lowe As most dads do, I adore my three kids. But as most dads do, I second-guess how well I’m doing. From tidbits to full-blown philosophies, advice for dads is everywhere. Don’t be your child’s friend, be their dad.Time is flying by, enjoy every moment with your kids.Nothing is more important than your child’s…

Stephen Jones There’s a reason I know quality time trumps quantity time. When I was a kid, my grandfather would come to our house for dinner all the time. He used to say coming to our house was better than going to the movies. I have three siblings, all sisters, so I was the only…

“My dad and mom gave me two Christmas gifts that prove they do not get me” declared this young lady who was obviously bewildered by her parents. I could not hide my amazement and blurted out, “Oh wow! What did you do?” As she explained, this college student talked about her daily Bible reading and…

Mike Tiemann I come from a family of campers. Tent campers, to be exact. I suppose it’s always been in my DNA, with parents who loved National Parks and toured us all around the great American West.  I can still vividly remember that cold, foggy campsite on the Sonoma coast, with our tent nestled on…

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