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The Good Wife: 3 signs you are nagging wife (+what you can do to change)

When are you going to pick up your socks? You bought all these groceries but didn’t pick up the one thing I wanted. Why am I the one who is always helping the kids with their homework? That’s not how it’s done. Blah, blah, blah, blah. Does this sound like you? Oh, it sounded like me, alright. Even though I desired to be a loving wife, I didn’t realize somewhere along the way I became the nag. Every day I woke up decided today I would be loving, I would be kind, and I would NOT fuss. I would make up[...]

Cultivating Motherhood: 3 bad habits hurting your relationship with your kids (+ what you can do about it)

Raising four active, strong-willed, rambunctious boys has been and is one of the greatest joys and the biggest challenges of my life. Over the years there have been plenty of mistakes I have made sometimes hurting the very hearts I love so much. I would make promises to myself to do better tomorrow, only to find myself laying in bed praying for God to forgive me for my bad attitude, negative words, and wasted moments. My bad habits made me think I was a bad mother. Have you ever thought that way too? If s[...]

Calm Mom: 3 ways to respond to your tween’s negative behavior without losing your cool

It was a typical afternoon. I stopped to pick up my fellas from their school, the car door opened. Getting in our vehicle, my usually fun-loving, mild-mannered tween clearly was in a mood. “I’m glad to see you,” I said while waiting for my fellas to buckle up. “I don’t see what is so good about it,” my tween mumbled under his breath while slumping into his seat. While riding home in silence, it was clear my fella didn’t want to talk. I wish his tween moodiness stopped in the car, but it was ju[...]

Bridging the gap: 3 tips to help your introvert child thrive when you are an extrovert parent

Every since our fourth son was little, he interacted with the world differently. He was reserved and reflective. He would rather play alone, observing everyone around him. Our fella was quite different from me. That’s when I realized, unlike his three older brothers, our youngest son was an introvert. Now, this is not earthshattering, but it did mean I needed to adjust how I was going to help our child thrive at home and in school. My expectations needed to shift. After being an educator for over 10 years[...]