life lessons

A Revolutionary Mindset for Family Chores

What used to be a given in the life of the family, chores are now apparently falling by the wayside, with only 28% of parents stating that they give their child(ren) chores, according to a recent study. Even in spite of the up and coming evidence that chores are beneficial to children (here, here, and…

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Seven Year Itch? Seven Things to Make Year Seven The Best Yet

*Affiliate links included* Have you ever heard of the “seven year itch”? According to Wikipedia,  “Divorce rates show a trend in couples that, on average, divorce around seven years. Statistics show that there is a low risk of separation during the first months of marriage. After the “honeymoon” months, divorce rates start to increase. Most married couples…

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The Hidden Blessing of a Full Life

As I flopped into bed, exhausted, I lay there thinking of all the things a left undone. Yet another day had passed, busting at the seams. Filled with highs and lows. Responsibilities, routines, and even some excitement. I sighed, trying to figure out what I would need to prioritize tomorrow. “Life is crazy,” I thought. “Will…

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Thank Goodness God’s Not Like Me

Bitter words they can’t really even comprehend pour out of my mouth. “Kids! Please just play nicely! Everyone will have so much more fun if we treat others how we want to be treated.” “That’s it! Time out! Now. You’re done.” “You see? I told you this was going to happen if you didn’t listen to me!”…

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Using a Bad Day to Point Your Child to the Gospel

It was one of those nights. The ones where the clock ticking down to bedtime couldn’t possibly move any slower. It had been a rough day. K had been particularly… well.. three years old. We’d been struggling with disobedience, stubbornness, angry outbursts, mischievousness, and lack of self-control all. day. long. Typically on nights like this…

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My Husband Travels for Work: 10 Tips for Transitioning Home

After spending an extended amount of time away from my husband over the last two years, I’ve taken some time to reflect on the process of returning to doing life together again. Today I’m guest posting over at To Love, Honor, and Vacuum about what I’ve found are my top ten tips to make this a…

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When I Don’t Want My Child To Obey

My blood was boiling. It felt like the tension inside was going to break me into a million pieces. The last string of patience I could muster snapped. My thoughts whirled. “Why does this always have to happen?” “Can’t I just have a few minutes of peace?!” “That is it!” Words spewed out of my…

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