Parenting Outside the Box

  Because I am the mother of teen sailors, Zac and Abby Sunderland, I am often asked what on earth went on on our home life to and what elements of their education and life enabled each of them at 16-years old, to take on the challenge of sailing alone around the world. I am […]

How to Raise Responsible Kids

    A lot has been said about the importance of spending quality time with our kids.  Rather like a pendulum, our culture has gone from one that believes children should be seen and not heard to one with extreme over indulgence resulting in an epidemic of entitlement attitudes. So how do we nurture the […]

Taking our Children From Conflict to Character

I sat at my desk, pouring through emails about soccer, school, classes and business.  Lessons needed planning and tests grading.  The stack of bills needing attention leaned precariously towards the edge of my desk, threatening to throw themselves overboard.  Spread too thin, I struggled to mentally organize and prioritize my many responsibilities.   My time, […]

Motherhood: A Lifetime of Laboring

Adultery Death Sickness This past week, three friends have shared with me their hearts – hurting and broken by these tragedies.  A husband, battle weary, buys into the lie and falls away.  A child – unexpectedly, without warning, is taken.  The cause of a mysterious illness continues to elude doctors as the pain and […]

You Never Stop Being a Mother

  Photo Credit It has been a whirlwind of a week.  As if homeschooling 5 and keeping an eye on 1 rambunctious two-year old wasn’t enough, our adult children have come back into the picture this week with the force of a hurricane! My oldest kids are two of the most adventurous and independent people […]

10 Ways to Empower Your Kids With a Strong Sense of Identity

With so many people living their lives today without clear purpose, it is no wonder that we see such a plethora of troubled lives in the world around us.  Without the knowledge (and continual studying of) who God is and who He created us to be, we are destined to live lives far below […]

Lost and Found :: Loving the Prodigal

Little in life can prepare you for the heartache of a wayward child – a child who, though raised with the knowledge of God, grows up to reject His authority in their lives.  The Bible says in 3 John 1:4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”  I […]

When Good Kids Make Bad Choices

We met at the coffee shop.  Two busy mamas with just an hour to spare to connect on an issue with which we both had recently come face to face.   We get right to the point. “I don’t know how this happened.” “I couldn’t believe what he said.” “He seems like a different […]

Helping Kids Choose {Good} Friends

Everybody needs friends in the world to laugh with and cry with;  to confide in and to act as confidant.  My friends have brought me some of the greatest blessing and encouragement that I have experienced throughout my lifetime. As parents we arrange play dates and look for companions for our kids so that […]

Attitudes of Entitlement: How to Combat Them in You and Your Kids

In my previous post, Attitudes of Entitlement:  What are they and why should I care?, I made an attempt to describe what attitudes of entitlement were and why they should be of concern to parents, teachers and communities. There has been a lot written lately about the effects of the increasing trend of attitudes […]

Don’t Hesitate!

We have been struggling with establishing certain boundaries with one of our young teens.  He is a sweet kids but around certain people his personality changes.  A character flaw that we are working on. In the meantime, his agonizing cries of dismay over his pitiful boundaried plight is wearing on me.  Oh man, is it […]