• Much has been written about how to discipline. Thousands of books, with hundreds of methods.Unfortunately, most recommended methods are limited in the...
    What's the BEST Way to Discipli...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    April 14th, 2016

    Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • Written by Chad HayengaParents can get in ruts.That’s true for me and I’m pretty sure it is for you, too.One rut that is familiar to many is the h...
    Are We Setting Our Kids Up to ...
    By Connected Families
    April 07th, 2016

    Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • by Lynne JacksonYou know how sometimes you look back and think, WHY in the world did I say that!? I had a moment like that last week. It was ugly...
    What I Learned from a Really U...
    By Connected Families
    March 31st, 2016

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • Most parents have endured one of those days when everything goes wrong.At the end of such a day, it can be easy to fall into that familiar litany: “...
    What to Do When You Think Your...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    March 24th, 2016

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • We typically write and video things that are happening on the homestead to share and educate our audience. This is a bit of a different season for us....
    Helping Your Family Deal with ...
    By Tammy Trayer
    March 17th, 2016

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • "The Battle is the Lord's." I Samuel 17:47b NKJVDo you ever personalize Scripture? I do. It so encourages me. I happened to be reading 1 Samuel 17. The ...
    It's Battle Time!
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    March 10th, 2016

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • Do you have friends who are building you up or running you down? Scripture tells us “Bad company ruins good morals,” (1 Corinthians 15:33, NASB)....
    Five Friends Every Mom Needs
    By Cindi McMenamin
    March 03rd, 2016

    Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • It’s 2016. It’s February. The countdown to the November general (and presidential) election has begun with the Iowa Caucus officially kicking off ...
    Tis the Season: Do Teens and P...
    By Barry Shafer
    February 25th, 2016

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • by Jim JacksonThe widowed captain never stopped loving his kids. But the way he loved them wasn’t landing on their hearts. He couldn’t see his lov...
    Learning to See Love Through Y...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    February 18th, 2016

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • by Chad HayengaRecently* I wrote about how my junior high daughter creatively and proactively asked for an iPod by preparing a well-thought-out list o...
    When My Child Asked for an iPo...
    By Connected Families
    February 11th, 2016

    Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • I know a really neat high school student in our church. Recently she was spending the weekend with a friend and visited that friend’s church. Early ...
    Hannah
    By John Lynch, Bruce McNicol and Bill Thrall - TrueFace
    February 04th, 2016

    Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • by Jim JacksonI love baseball. Before I ever even thought about marriage, I dreamt about the day I would teach my own children to play baseball.The fi...
    The Critical Cry of Every Chil...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    January 28th, 2016

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • What does the average week look like in your home? Do you make all the meals, do the laundry, clean the house with little help from your teenager? If...
    Are YOU Robbing Your Teen?
    By Grace For Moms
    January 21st, 2016

    Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.(Psalm 62:8 ESV) From the moment of giving birth, the har...
    Letting Go Is Hard to Do
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    January 14th, 2016

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • It’s not easy being a teen. It’s that limbo place between being a child and being a young adult, and it’s hard to figure out where you belong. Y...
    I Just Want You! - 5 Tips for ...
    By Stephanie Shott
    January 07th, 2016

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 NIVOh sweet mom, is i...
    How to Find the Peace of God ....
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    December 31st, 2015

    Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • I LOVE watching the movie Elf!  It’s one of those movies that has given our family an arsenal of cute quotes to draw from at random.  Quotes li...
    Merry Christmas, Moms!
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    December 24th, 2015

    Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • Christmas time is here.We’ve been singing carols, attending parties, bringing good tidings and cheer. Why?Because it’s the most wonderful time of ...
    Christmas Time is NOT "The Most...
    By Grace For Moms
    December 17th, 2015

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • Boys are just different. I’m reminded of this frequently in a house dominated by boys. I grew up with brothers, but over the years the boys have don...
    The JOY of Raising Boys
    By Jennifer Vander Klipp
    December 10th, 2015

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • I love the verse that says, “God is the one who keeps every promise forever” (Psalm 146:66), a truth that is echoes throughout Scripture. His Book...
    The Power in God’s Promises
    By Cheri Fuller
    December 03rd, 2015

    Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • Thanksgiving provides a ritual opportunity for reflecting on and expressing gratitude for the people and things that enrich our lives. Toward that end...
    Learning Gratitude for Our 3 M...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    November 26th, 2015

    Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • by Melissa MashburnMy dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. - Jam...
    Bite Your Tongue
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    November 19th, 2015

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • “So, kids, what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?” you ask. “ My family, my house, my friends, my dog and Jesus.” (Same answers as last ...
    4 Out-of-the-Rut Questions to ...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    November 12th, 2015

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • A Psalm for giving thanks:Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that...
    5 Ways to Become a More Gratef...
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    November 05th, 2015

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • by Lynne JacksonFor years I have struggled with the mess that our lively, spontaneous, creative, frequently disorganized children made at high speed. ...
    My Kids' Messes Drive Me Crazy!...
    By Connected Families
    October 29th, 2015

    Moms of Grade School Boys, Moms of Teen Boys
  • Observing my oldest son and daughter navigate their steps from the smooth path of childhood to the rocky terrain of adulthood is an ongoing exercise o...
    Avoid Making These 3 Top Mista...
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    October 22nd, 2015

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • As mothers, we must do our part to pray faithfully, perseveringly and lovingly, and then trust and wait with confidence for God to do His. Here are ...
    Putting Feet to Prayers
    By Cheri Fuller
    October 15th, 2015

    Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • So here we are again.Schools are in full swing,jobs are ramping up,and Fall has arrived, filling our schedules and overcrowd our lives.And, Mom, you m...
    Transitions
    By Laurie Short
    October 15th, 2015

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • Kathy experienced this when her eighth grade son Matt went through puberty with a vengeance. Their happy boy disappeared and a very angry teenager r...
    When Teens Change Quickly
    By Cheri Fuller
    October 01st, 2015

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • Ever consider what it must have been like to be the mother of Jesus? Your first thought might be—how intimidating! To be the mother by way of a shoc...
    Imagine Jesus as YOUR Son
    By John Merritt
    October 08th, 2015

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • I’ve always thought routine was important. Even back when I was in grade school, during free time I’d be writing out my “Schedules of Time” tr...
    The Beauty of Routine
    By Jennifer Vander Klipp
    October 01st, 2015

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • The teen years come with their own set of issues.  Now our kids are driving their own cars and spending more time with friends, away from family. As...
    Pray for Those Teens
    By Cheri Fuller
    September 24th, 2015

    Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • I vividly remember the cold, rainy night our 15-year-old son left a note saying: “I’m too mad to be at home. I’ve left. Don’t come looking for...
    Why I Didn't Freak Out When My ...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    September 24th, 2015

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • “An inheritance quickly gained in the beginning will not be blessed at the end.” Proverbs 20:21 (NIV)With the upcoming election, I have been se...
    Freedom
    By Church 4 Chicks
    September 17th, 2015

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • by Mark "M.K." GilroyAs the father of six, three sons and three daughters, I’m proud of each of my kids and feel like we have a great relationship. ...
    6 Confessions of a Parent

    Moms of Teen Boys
  • What are the best tools parents have to teach wisdom and guide their kids? Questions!Often times we forget that a simple, well-timed question can hel...
    The Most Important Tool for Bu...
    By Connected Families
    August 27th, 2015

    Moms of Teen Boys