The Hardest Goodbye in Foster Care

Goodbyes have a very different meaning for foster children. They are also one of the hardest things in foster parenting.

“Grown-ups come back.” The song from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood resonates through my mind over and over. The episode is teaching preschoolers that when grown-ups drop them off somewhere, they always come back for them. Except they don’t. It happens every day. Children are brought to school or daycare by their parents, then picked up by … [Read more…]

Confessions of a Potty Training Failure

Potty training boys, potty training girls, the three-day potty training method. I've done it all. But I was much more successful with child number 6 than with child number 1 because of this one thing...

My name is Amy, and I am a potty training failure. The very term “potty training” gives me heart palpitations. A quick Google search tells me I am not alone. Struggling parents can find info on potty training boys, potty training a two-year-old, how to know when your child is ready to potty train, and … [Read more…]

The Boys Evaluate Our Parenting

“Good, sure, whatever, grunt.” Most moms of boys know that getting their sons to communicate their world through language can be a struggle. We see the articles about how to ask leading questions that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no. We are encouraged that we’ve finally found a way to get our … [Read more…]

Time–Evaluating Our Second Round of Parenting

Wonder how you should be spending your time with your children? This is my evaluation of how I spent time raising our boys and what I'm doing differently as I parent our girls.

Minimalism. It’s everywhere we turn these days, from the tiny house movement to simplifying mealtime to spending less. It seems the new generation is rejecting the opulence of their parents’ generation and the desire for more, more, more. Not only were we obsessed with more money, bigger houses, and better vacations, but our culture, it … [Read more…]

School–Evaluating our Second Round of Parenting

When it comes to school, we've tried it all! Find out the two main things we are doing differently as we parent our second set of children.

“Do-over!” How many times did you say that phrase as a kid? And how many times were you granted that coveted do-over? My husband and I have just been given a parenting do-over, and since we adopted our sweet girls, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I will do differently this time … [Read more…]

Easy Ways to Boost Your Prayer Life

Wish you spent more time praying for your kids? Check out these easy tips for boosting your prayer life.

A woman finds out she’s expecting her first child. She is overjoyed, and she thanks God for this precious gift. She begins to pray for her child, for their development in her womb, for good health when they’re born, and then for their life, that they will follow Jesus, maybe even change the world. Then … [Read more…]

Being Grateful For Simple Things

There are few things I love more than a fresh, warm breeze blowing through an open window. No matter what life throws at us, there will always be days when we can open a window and enjoy a warm breeze.

Why has our society become so angry, offended, and seemingly bitter? The answer is complicated, I’m sure, but one thing I’ve noticed is that we have forgotten to be grateful. By definition, grateful means being appreciative or thankful. Sure, we set aside a few holidays to talk about being thankful, but our day-to-day lives have … [Read more…]