9 Ways to become a better mom this summer - how 9 tips from Scripture can help you harness your emotions and build stronger bonds with your kids. #mom #bettermom #summer #emotions #overwhelm #frazzled mom

9 ways to become a better mom this summer

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Is it actually possible to become a better mom in summer with kids constantly underfoot? *This post contains affiliate links.  Should you choose to purchase certain advertised items, I will receive a small compensation at no extra cost to you, which will help keep this blog up and running!  You may view my policies here.   Ahh, summertime!  Ya loved it as …

How to disconnect and enjoy your kids this summer

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I spotted her there in her beach chair, the ocean wide with families interacting, laughter and joy surrounding.  Little boy sitting at her side, chattering, nudging, vying for attention. She remained out of touch, face buried in phone. The sickness prevails across the land – the sickness of disconnection.   “She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps …

Tired of stressful family dinners with kids? I hear you, mom. Here's how to actually enjoy dinnertime with your kids, with ideas for simple meals and family bonding. Including the Dinnertime Survival Guide with 6 strategies for family table bonding. These tips work! #dinnertime #mealtime #mealtimewithkids #familydinner

How to actually enjoy dinnertime with your kids

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Tired of stressful family dinners with kids? I hear you, mom. Here’s how to actually enjoy dinnertime with your kids, with ideas for simple meals and family bonding. Including the Dinnertime Survival Guide with 6 strategies for family table bonding. These tips work! #dinnertime #mealtime #mealtimewithkids #familydinner

7 signs you need to spring-clean your mind for focus. Motivation for decluttering and organizing your mind from a special spring cleaning series.

7 signs you need to spring clean your mind for focus

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  Have you ever thought to spring clean your mind for focus? Spring cleaning – I just love the thought of those two little words!  My mind’s eye pictures sun-dappled, gleaming floors; light streaming through sparkling glass windows.  White vases, laden with tulips, flank clean kitchen counters.  A gentle breeze from the freshly swept deck wafts a subtle fragrance of potted …

When your mama heart feels worn down with struggles, remember this truth from 1 Corinthians 10:13! Inspired by encouraging mom support group conversations.

Hope when your mama heart feels worn down

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Hope when your mama heart feels worn down; is your heart overwhelmed with the task of motherhood today? Recently in Mom Time Out we had a hot topic discussion about this verse: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is FAITHFUL, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the …

How my chaotic soul survived Hurricane Irma's threatening impact. Tips on reviving, replenishing, and flourishing your mama heart in Christ, even in chaos.

How my chaotic soul survived Hurricane Irma’s threatening impact

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Last week, my husband and I loaded up our motor coach and headed to Florida, never suspecting Hurricane Irma’s threatening impact.  I was ready to get refreshed, renewed, and refocused, beachside. Well, that turned into a hurricane nightmare. The previous week, I had a telephone conversation about thriving and refocusing with my blogging friend, Marva, who lives in the British …

Your stubborn child; 3 ways he's a next generation superhero! Learn to appreciate and guide your strong willed child's God' given strengths.

Your stubborn child; 3 ways he’s a next generation superhero

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  If you have a stubborn child, I have fantastic news for you today!  Strong-Willers (I call them Swillers) often turn out to be superheros in their own right.  If you’re sitting there shaking your head (yet hoping this isn’t a pipedream), here are three encouraging thoughts for the marathon of parenting these dear (stubborn) souls.       1. …

Holiday planning; 6 stress-busting tips for how to do less and enjoy more

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I’m sure when the early settlers sank into their rough-hewn benches, munching on field corn with their new, tan-skinned neighbors, they weren’t thinking, “Someday families all across America will gather ’round the table to celebrate this very moment”. Thoughts of survival weighed heavily on their minds. Forging a new life and government were of utmost importance. Several members of their …