Memorial Day Is for Remembering

Category: Children, Mother
Mommy and the Joyful Three05/24/18 As a child, Memorial Day meant camping, fishing, tubing down a river and roasting marshmallows over a campfire. I was really not aware of the gravity of the “holiday”. It was just the kick off to summer fun. Growing older, I learned more about the

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Raising a Child Who Has the Will of a Lion

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Mommy and the Joyful Three05/02/18 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 There is a difference between faith and force. The largest difference is shown when you are raising a strong-willed child. I have some insight into the mind

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Thankful for What?

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Mommy and the Joyful Three11/17/17 Thankfulness is a word we often use to describe our feelings about what we have. But, how thankful can you be if you have nothing? A few months ago, I was blessed to photograph some of the local homeless people for a calendar. All of the proceeds are going

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Five “Things” to Pack for School

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Mommy and the Joyful Three08/22/17 School begins again soon. It’s hard to believe summer’s almost gone, but there you have it. As I prepare for the new year, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you about the best way to send your kids over to school. Before we start, I have a confession. […]

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Dating and the Single Parent

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Mommy and the Joyful Three08/08/17 Dating is a whole new ball game when you have children. Many marriages or relationships for one reason or another do not last these days and unfortunately women and men are left not only trying to work out single parenthood but also to take care of their own

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Four Lessons Kids Need to Learn

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Mommy and the Joyful Three03/15/17 As a mom, I am constantly wondering what attributes I should be instilling into my children. As a Christian mom, I am wonder if I am keeping my parenting in line with God’s Word. The other day, I purposed in my heart to make a list of the things I […]

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Valentine’s Day: A Parenting Moment

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Mommy and the Joyful Three02/04/17 Valentine’s Day is the ultimate holiday to celebrate the loves in your life. What better time to teach your children about the unconditional and everlasting love of our Savior? My own children are always excited about holidays, so I try to point the

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Teaching Children the Real Meaning of Christmas

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Mommy and the Joyful Three12/08/16 As Christmas approaches, it is important to keep the focus on Jesus’ miraculous birth. As a young child, I remember the month of December as one of the most exciting times of the year. There is anticipation in the air and it can make a child wide eyed with

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A Wish List That Matters

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Mommy and the Joyful Three12/01/16 As a mom of three young children, I constantly aware of what I’m teaching them. This Christmas, I wanted more than anything for them to understand that giving can be as much fun as receiving. Writing a wish list to Santa Claus is something most children

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Teaching Kids How to Accept Forgiveness

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Mommy and the Joyful Three05/04/16 Yesterday morning, my husband and I took our three children to the beach. My seven-year-old Sage and I were digging a moat for a castle. Each time we dug more sand out of the hole it would collapse a little and fill back up. It seemed like we were getting […]

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Do You Ever Feel Like an Inferior Mom?

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Mommy and the Joyful Three04/10/16 There are moments when I actually feel so overwhelmed that I just feel like shutting down. Let’s face it life is full of unplanned circumstances and stress. Sometimes it feels like we are swimming against the tide, just trying to reach some peace. As

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Is Your Family Spiritually Healthy?

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Mommy and the Joyful Three02/05/16 Spiritual health is important. Everything in our bodies is connected, including our spirit. I feel better physically when I feel better mentally. As a mom of three young children, I’ve allowed myself to get overwhelmed by small things in my life, big things

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Parenting a Child with ADHD

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Mommy and the Joyful Three10/26/15 There is always something to worry about as a parent: your children’s future, their homework, and their behavior rank at the top of the worry list. My son’s six years old and is repeating kindergarten. He’s full of energy, full of life, and sadly his focus is

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Ending a Friendship with Grace

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Mommy and the Joyful Three09/08/15 What do our interpersonal relationships teach our children about getting along, kindness, and God’s grace? I’ve had my share of friendships that have gone bad and ended. It’s always sad. It always leaves me wondering and wishing I knew how to fix it or what

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Healthy Relationships Will Help Your Family

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Mommy and the Joyful Three06/17/14 Relationships mold us and teach us without us even noticing at times. Teaching your children the importance of healthy friendships is vital because it will encourage them to make good choices in their relationships in the future. I struggle with

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Setting Family Goals This Year

Category: Children, Mother
Mommy and the Joyful Three12/21/11 It is time for a new year; time for resolutions and reflecting. My children are too young to truly understand the concept of resolutions. I am not big on resolutions myself. Positive change should be stated by actions more than oaths spoken in the moment.

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