The Myth of “Friends with Benefits”

Category: Family
Urbandictionary.com defines “friends with benefits” as “two friends who have a sexual relationship without being emotionally involved.” But, scientifically, that’s impossible. Let me explain why. The deep limbic system of your brain is your emotional center. It, not the heart, is

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4 Ways God Speaks to Us

Category: Family
There is an old story preachers tell about a man trapped on the top of his house during a flood or hurricane or tsunami (insert your own natural disaster). The water is swiftly rising. As this man sits on his roof, fearful of being swept away by the current, he cries out to God, “God […]

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Mom and Dad, Parent on the Same Page

Category: Family
Opposites attract (or cynics may say “attack”), which is why most couples raising kids together know all about parenting-style clashes. Dad feels his daughter should start dating at 30 while Mom remembers the excitement of young love. Mom feels money as a reward for good grades goes

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Making Prayer Essential to Your Children

Category: Family
As parents and grandparents we should all want what is best for our children.  The best schools, teachers, coaches, even the best brand of laundry detergent are what we most desire for making their lives better. Sometimes in our never-ending quest to provide these opportunities we forget about

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Teaching Kids How to Accept Forgiveness

Category: Children, Mother
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?

Category: Children, Mother
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?

Category: Children, Mother
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

Category: Children, Mother
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

Category: Children, Mother
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

Category: Children, Mother
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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Talking to Your Kids about September 11th

Category: Children, Mother
Mommy and the Joyful Three09/02/11 How can we communicate the emotions that came as we watched the events of 9/11 unfold … to our children? The hurt, fear, and hope are at times just as raw now as they were then. Parents should take the opportunity to explain what happened to children –

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Celebrating Jesus’ Birth with Your Kids

Category: Children, Mother
Mommy and the Joyful Three12/20/17 Christmas activities for toddlers and preschoolers that focus on Jesus’ birth have been on my mind all season. So, I’ve been making a huge effort to build our Christmas celebrations around Jesus’ story, not the legend of Santa Claus. My initial idea led

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