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Parenting styles: There’s one for everybody

Recently, we had some friends over for dinner. They came with their clan that mixed with our clan and a glorious time was had by all…until one of the boys decided to send a chair down the stairs with our little angel on it.  She survived without being battered or bruised, and his parents took him to task for his carelessness. As I thought…


Beyond bunnies: Helping kids visualize the hope of Easter

Redemption, sacrifice, death and resurrection.  These are tough subjects for a faith-filled grown up to wrestle with at times.  No wonder Easter seems more focused on chocolate bunnies and colored eggs when it comes to our kids.  Maybe you struggle with ways to illustrate the impact of Christ’s willful walk to the cross…


What’s your most cherished book from childhood?

I remember the days at Horace Mann Elementary in Sioux Falls and the class heading to the library to pick books to read. I do have a confession the books that made the most impressions on me, I don’t remember the titles or author. I just remember how they made me feel. What are your favorites from growing up? “There are certain…


"Yikes! My child was rude!!”

The chances are great that every parent reading this blog has, on occasion, been embarrassed by the rude behavior of their child. From time to time, your children will interact with adults who are not in their lives on a regular basis, especially during holidays and vacations.  Now is a good time for a little proactive training and…

Pros and cons of well-child visits

Doesn’t it seem like when Spring hits, there are babies everywhere?  Of course, that’s how it is with animals!  Only mama sheep and mama cow don’t have to worry about taking their baby lambs and calves to the doctor for well-checks! When you are a new mother, you want to do the right thing for your child!  Really,…


Are your kids getting enough sleep?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, American teenagers require about 9-1/4 hours of sleep a night, yet only 8 percent of them are getting it. A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that as much as two-thirds of high school students get less than seven hours of sleep nightly. You might be wondering…

When being a “good” mom goes bad

We all have those decisions to make…are we going to lead or follow?  As adults it is a bit easier to not follow the crowd, we can logically think it through…usually!  But what about when it happens to your child?  Have they had that moment yet where they have to choose if they are going to lead or follow? It starts early…


Is chivalry dead?

Are you raising a Chivalrous boy?  Chivalry was the first word that came to my mind as my husband and I opened a letter from a young man. It was a letter simply asking my husband permission to take my daughter to an event that would be coming up at school.  From the start of the first sentence through the end of the letter, I bet I said “aw…


The valentine box

It’s a little old fashioned and leans heavy on the sentimental (for teachers and moms mostly), but every year at this time I still sort of secretly like it when my grade school kiddo comes home and says it’s time to start creating the annual Valentine’s Day Box. For the past 11 years we’ve pulled out the construction paper, scissors,…

Liz Curtis Higgs


Sometimes it’s OK to be a “bad” parent

No, your children are not going to suffer from lifelong feelings of neglect, which will prevent them from becoming the next President or brain surgeon or great NFL quarterback, simply because you had a day where you were just too exhausted and you let them watch Sponge Bob all afternoon. Hyperbole is maybe the biggest battle we face…


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