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5 Ways to Deal with Anger, Irritation & Impatience as a Parent

Do you keep losing it with your kids? Are your frustration and irritation levels through the roof? Are you horribly impatient? If you answered yes to any of these, welcome to my party! Feeling irritated, frustrated, and impatient with my kids was the story of my life until I figured out that the problem wasn’t so much my children as it was *me*. What I didn’t realise was that most of the time my kids were reacting to my mood, attitude, and treatment of them. When I figured this out I noticed that when I smiled my children…

6 things to Do when your Kids won’t Stop Whining

There’s nothing that wears a parent down more than continuous whining. We ignore it hoping it will work but mostly we just give in and give our kids what they want to Make. It. Stop! Why do little kids whine? A 3-4 year old’s language skills are improving but they still don’t have the ability to express what they’re feeling – so they often whine instead. It’s an irritating blend of talking and crying. And the reason they continue doing it is because it works. They get what they want. They continue the behaviour that…

How to Pray Powerful Prayers for your Wayward Kids

  “All I can do is pray for them now.” I’m sure you’ve heard someone say this about their wayward child. Hey, maybe you’ve said it yourself. Richard and I have heard it many times (and said it ourselves), and, yes, it’s true, sometimes all we can do is pray for our kids. But we want to be praying the right kind of prayers for them. Powerful prayers. Prayers that make a difference. That sounds great, but prayers that make a difference start long before your knees hit the floor or your tears flood your pillow deep…

7 Ways to Help your Kids Use Social Media & the Internet Wisely

The world has changed a lot in the last 10 years. Our kids are being raised with unprecedented access to technology. If your kids have a smartphone, they carry the entire internet in their back pocket with all its knowledge and information, but also its pornography, cyberbullying, and creepy strangers.   Do you know what your kids are doing online? It’s almost a guarantee that you don’t know half of what your child is being exposed to – either on their own technology, or that of their friends. Most kids aren’t being exposed to porn for the first…

How to Raise Strong Kids in a World that’s Against Them

Today I am disturbed. This week I’ve seen some awful things. The devil has an agenda for our kids, and it’s evil. Read here and here to see how the world is objectifying and sexualising children. (These articles are already 1 and 2 years old). I’m reluctant to share these because I prefer to focus on purity and beauty, but maybe you need a wake-up call. How do we protect our kids yet raise them to live in an evil world that is opposed to everything good and pure?   In a world that presses its…

How to Take a Break from your Kids without Leaving Them

Do you ever feel tired of being a mom, and wish you could just “check out” and have a break? Do you feel guilty feeling that you want some alone time, away from your kids, without responsibilities? Let’s face it, “Momming” is a demanding job. It’s 24/7/365. There are no weekends. No public holidays. Even when your husband takes over for a bit, your mind is still engaged with your kids. You may be in another room, but you’re still wondering, why is he allowing them to make so much noise? or why isn’t…

Help! My Child has Seen Porn! What do I do Now?

These days there is so much porn online it’s almost easier for a child to stumble across it than to search for it on purpose. If your child has any access to technology – at home, at school, a friend – they are going to see porn. Not if. When. It has a way of finding kids, and often, after an accidental encounter, they begin looking for it intentionally. That is the nature of porn. Our job as parents is to try and delay the exposure as long as possible and prepare our kids for it. Finding out that your child…

How to Help Kids Process Strong Emotions Without Shutting them Down

Is it wrong for Christians to have strong negative emotions? Because the Bible speaks against anger, hatred and other strong emotions, we often cover them with a veneer of cheerful Christianity while they churn beneath the surface like Mount Etna waiting to erupt. While I believe throwing tantrums is not a healthy way for a child to express emotion, does that mean they should not be allowed to express emotion at all?  (Read about tantrums here) Shutting down strong emotions may seem like a quick solution, but it’s counterproductive. What’s wrong with not allowing kids to express…

5 Parenting Mistakes to Stop Doing Today

No matter how conscientious we are as parents, we all make blunders from time to time – like giving consequences for something our child didn’t do. (Yup, got that T-shirt.) We may feel awful about occasional slip-ups like this, but they are less serious than the mistakes we repeat consistently. Here are some you may be doing without realising it: 1. Repeating instructions and making threats. Do your kids only obey once your voice raises a notch, your eyes narrow, and you use their full name? If so, you’re probably guilty of repeating instructions and making threats…