Category: Cherish My Children

How to Deal With Mean Girls And Other Rude People

With a smile, I opened the front door to greet my two oldest children home from elementary school. Right away I noticed my fourth-grader’s slumped shoulders. I noticed how she dragged her feet as she climbed the front steps. I knew it had not been a good day for her at school. “What’s wrong?” I asked. Often she’ll shake her head and grunt “nothing,” even though I know very well we have a problem. I waited for the grunt and instead she started to cry. “Someone at school called me stupid,” she quickly confessed as she leaned in for...

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Sneaky Little Ways to Empower Your Children

Yesterday I watched my tween daughter cry and couldn’t do anything about it. When she was little, eliciting a smile or solving her problem was as simple as a tickle attack or an ice cream sundae. Over the years it got more complicated and I soon needed a good repertoire of knock-knock jokes and One Direction dance moves. But even humor doesn’t always help. When it comes to a 10-year-old’s problems, I don’t have very many answers. And the answers I did have seemed much more like a lecture I knew she didn’t want to hear. So, how can...

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Should I be a working mom? Four questions to ask…

Best-selling Christian author Jen Hatmaker probably meant well when she said, “You will never have this day with your children again, tomorrow they’ll be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift, breathe and notice, smell and touch them; study their faces and little feet and pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today, mama. It will be over before you know it.” And, boy, do we as mothers want to relish every single moment. We don’t just want to smell our babies, we want to inhale them. We squeeze each child tight...

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4 Ideas for a Service-centered Christmas with your Children

One of my favorites from the archives… During a conversation yesterday with my 6-year-old son, I was explaining some of our upcoming Christmas plans. The conversation quickly turned into one of those priceless, that’s-not-what-I-meant moments. His blue eyes lit up and a smile spread across his face. He turned around toward his older sister and shouted, “awesome! We’re getting a sister for Christmas!” Well, not exactly. In an effort to create a sense of service among my children and teach the principle “it is better to give than to receive,” my husband and I decided to expand the Christmas...

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Teal Pumpkin Project: non-food items for food-allergy kids

  Have you heard of the new-this-year Halloween tradition of Teal Pumpkin? I have and I LOVE it. Do you have kids with food allergies? We do, and maybe that is why I love this Teal Pumpkin thing so much. My 7-year-old is gluten free (you may remember why) and my 4-year-old twins have serious peanut allergies. I actually carry EpiPens everywhere we go. We read candy labels and I have a jar of candy the boys can use to trade out their “bad” candy but the idea of this movement really touched me. Parents of kids without allergies...

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