How Small Actions Impact Marriage in a Big Way–Link-up #26

Small actions can make or break a marriage. Tiny acts of kindness are sometimes the ones that are remember most. Unfortunately, tiny acts of contempt are also long remembered, and can be powerful enough to turn a good relationship sour. The bottom line is that when it comes to marriage, little actions make a big difference. In fact, my marriage […]

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Moving past Mommy Guilt and Embracing Joy

Start letting go of shame, because God did not create us to feel less than.

As any parent knows, there is a special gift that comes with the honor of having children that is called “mommy guilt.”  You are barraged from day 1 of your pregnancy with lists of don’t-do that-but-be-sure-to-do-this.  And far too often those lists contradict each other.  To cry it out or not, baby wear or not, breast […]

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Blended Family Discipline: Strategies That Work

Ideas to ease tension and make blended family discipline simpler.

One of the most challenging parts of stepping into a marriage where kids are already present is learning how to have the stepparent deal with discipline.  As with many parenting decisions, I believe that there is no one, set in stone, way to deal with this issue.  However there are some valuable lessons that I […]

Making Blended Family Discipline Work

Positive Parenting: How to Cheer Your Child on for a Lifetime

Discover three, positive parenting introjects, that will give your child a lifetime of encouragement!

Have you ever wondered why children express their emotions so differently? In reaction to the same event,  one child will throw a screaming, kicking, fists-banging on the floor, tantrum, and another will sob quietly. There is no doubt that children handle their frustrations differently. According to object relations theory, the various ways that children manage their emotions, has […]

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Spiritual Lessons from a One-Year-Old

Three things my daughter is reminding me about my faith.

Life with Addision–my fifteen-month-old daughter–is quite the adventure. There is plenty of joy and laughter. There are moments when I am utterly exhausted–more tired than I think I have ever been before in my life–and a fair share of frightening instances too. What’s exciting, is that in small ways, Addison is causing me to view my faith differently. In fact, there are […]

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Boundaries with a Twist: A New Perspective on an Old Skill

Experience the difference that healthy boundaries make!

The concept of boundaries has been around for a long time, and is something I’m incredibly familiar with. I fell in love with Henry Cloud and John Townsend’s classic book, Boundaries: When To Say Yes, How to Say No, shortly after graduating high school. I studied boundaries extensively in college. I teach these key concepts to […]

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Parenting Tips: Three Steps to Influencing Behavior Change

Plus, an added bonus-tip to jump-start the change!

Are you looking to influence change in your child? Then you will want to put these three parenting tips into action. Parenting Tips: Find the sparkling moment. A sparkling moment is an exception to the rule. The first step to generating positive change in your child is to seek out sparkling moments. Exceptions to the rule […]

Parenting Tips

Have a Happy Family with these Simple Strategies :)

Hint: Having a happy family is as easy as one, two, three!

“Daddy, we have to remember our Fifth of July celebration next year,” my six-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, exclaimed! This year, our family’s Fourth of July celebration was an epic fail. My wife had to work late. I took the kids to the top of a popular hill to watch fireworks. Unfortunately, the hill was engulfed in clouds, […]

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Grace Based Parenting with Family Do-Over Days

How is your family extending grace?

Grace is “unmerited love,” and “unearned favor.” I have also heard grace defined as, “not getting what we deserve.” In Monopoly, grace is a, “get out of jail free” card. In school, grace is shown when a teacher allows her students to correct the wrong answers on a test to raise their grades. Of course, the ultimate form […]

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Seven Qualities of an Awesome Stepmom

A dad's perspective on how to rock, as a stepmom!

You may be wondering, Jed, what qualifies you to write a post for stepmoms? The answer is simple. God led me to an incredible woman! Jenny is an awesome mommy and step-mommy. I know what makes a good stepmom because, I have the privilege of watching my wife in action every day. If you are a stepmom looking for […]

Seven Qualities of an Awesome Stepmom