Encourage the Heart

“You are my sunshine, My only sunshine. You make me happy When skies are gray. You’ll never know dear How much I love you. Please don’t take My sunshine away.” This song was a staple in our home. I must have sung it a million (okay, maybe a thousand) times when my kids were growingContinue reading “Encourage the Heart”

Love Unconditionally

Children are like mirrors. They reflect their parents’ every strength and flaw in ways that test everything a parent believes to be true about themselves. As parents, sometimes we like what we see, admiring our skills and beautifully executed strategies. Other times, however, we bump into a version of ourselves that we don’t like andContinue reading “Love Unconditionally”

What Do Kids Really Need?

The 2000s brought a strange phenomenon of children’s sports teams giving everyone a trophy, regardless of participation level or winning record. Criticism of this practice is widespread. We folks in the United States value hard work. Many of us believe all good things should be earned.

All That Matters is How We Love

Parenting love, just like other forms of love, is hard to describe. When a baby is born the world stops, if even only for a moment. We marvel at the tiny toes and softness of baby skin. Our love for tiny humans bubbles over just because of the miracle who is completely dependent on us.