Pick your battles with care

If you try to fight all the little battles in your home, you won’t have the strength to fight the ones that really matter. In my book, Parenting With Courage, I expand on this in the chapter called “My personal parenting toolkit”.  Every parent should […]

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Relationships to last a lifetime

It’s the start of a new school year here in South Africa.  There are so many firsts happening every day and we love to celebrate and remember them.  How did you handle that first day when you dropped them off at school?  I was listening […]

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Parenting in RealLife: Ministry Version

Dear Friends, I’ve written a blog post on A Life Overseas and copied the link here for you to read along.  This website is a great resource for missionaries on the field.  Click on the link below to read the full story.   Parenting in […]

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Healthy online thoughts for parents (part 2)

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and talking around screen time, social media and various online activities. I don’t think we realised the effect that the internet would have on lives when it entered our lives.  These days we all have to navigate new […]

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Healthy Social Media Thoughts (Part 1)

Our children have grown up with technology.  And, technology has evolved at such a rapid rate that they never ever knew life with out it.  I think that for my gran one of the biggest inventions of her time was the motorcar, for my mother […]

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Babies, teenagers & time

Recently, one of my friends gave birth to a baby girl. She and her husband were a little anxious about the arrival of this new life. You see they work in a cross cultural environment, one where girls are not as highly valued as boys.  […]

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2 myths working moms believe

As a mother, my job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible* .  Did you know that working moms up by 800% since 1860?  In the USA 65-75% moms work and in SA, most homes run by single moms.  […]

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Your happiness is not directly proportional to your child’s happiness

Your job as a parent is not to make your children happy and your happiness is not directly proportional to your their happiness.  One of your roles is to draw out their specific and unique gifts or talents.  Repeat after me: “I am not here […]

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