Sibling Conflict: How to ‘Make’ Your Children Get Along

This is a guest post by our friend Christi Melrose, a wife and mother of 3 children. Christi shares a recent experience of sibling rivalry in her household and how she handled it.
How do you “make” your children get along? Ultimately we are training our children’s hearts. When my kids are unkind to each other I worry about their hearts, especially when I think of Matthew 12:34 “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” I have a 9, 11, and 13 year old. Lately, I’ve seen behavior that looks like they are out to get each other and generally don’t like each other. This prompted me to check out John Rosemond’s parenting website www.parentguru.com for some advice.

Photo Courtesy of iStockPhoto.com

Photo Courtesy of iStockPhoto.com

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Giving Her Away: A Mother of the Bride’s Story

This is a guest post by our friend, Karen Clark who shares a story from her daughter’s wedding day.  Read why ‘motherhood is not for cowards.’  You can read more by Karen at www.karengilesclark.com.

I am still reliving my daughter’s wedding.   It was a magical, emotional, beautiful time to watch her walk down the aisle into the arms of the man God brought into her life 2 years ago.   I saw, for the first time, the love between them finally openly expressed.  I had watched them for 2 years, and always felt like something was being held back, which puzzled me.

Lindsey and Rob

Lindsey and Rob

As I sat on the front row of the church as the “Mother Of The Bride”, I definitely had a front row seat to witness love finally allowing itself to overflow.  A new understanding and appreciation for my “new” son was born.  He had held his emotions in for so long, not wanting to arouse the passion that was just bubbling up, with no where to flow, until the “I Do” was spoken.   As I watched his heart overflow with tears as the vows were spoken, my “mother’s heart” was relieved.

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How to Reduce Family Holiday Stress and Establish Your Own Family Traditions

This is a guest post from our friend, Allison McCreary.  Allison shares how she and her husband, Grant have established meaningful, new family traditions in their own home.

It happens to most parents: trying to find a balance between each person’s family traditions and establishing new traditions as a family with young children. We often get caught up in the “major” traditions asking whether to open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, do we serve the full menu for Thanksgiving Day, and where to celebrate key holidays?

Grant and I are still trying to figure out how to balance our childhood memories of holidays, family obligations and traditions and our goal of setting new traditions in our family.   Recently, I’ve realized that I can take some stress out by focusing on the other 360+ days a year to create new traditions and memories for Cecelia and Carter to carry with them as they grow.

Here are two new traditions we’ve started in our family and lessons learned as a family that will help us create more.

Allison McCreary and children Cecelia and Carter enjoy Saturday morning tradition.

Allison McCreary and children Cecelia and Carter enjoy a new Saturday morning tradition.

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You’re My Hero: A Daughter’s View of her Dad

This is a guest post by my friend, Michael Wright. Michael’s a husband and father and writes at ‘fatherofone.com’. The post is a great reminder of the positive influence parents (and dad’s) can have on our children. You can read more from Michael on his blog.
A few weeks back, after a Saturday filled with doing things with CK, we plopped down on the sofa as she played her Nintendo DS (she would correct me here and say “It’s a 3DS XL, Daddy!”).  I was just sitting there letting my body sink further in to the fabric when out of the blue she says: “You’re My Hero.”

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Huh?  I woke up and became alert.  I don’t hear that often.  Maybe a handful of times in my life and those by the Queen.   From CK, I hear “I Love You Daddy!” or “Thank you Daddy!”, etc.  But not “Hero”.  I wanted to know more, if I really deserved this “Hero” status.  She commented to me how I removed a game “Face Raiders” that comes with all of these Nintendo DS devices because she was so scared of it.  Funny, how she talks about it all the time, yet is scared of it. I stepped in to “protect” her from what she perceived as scary, the bad guys, etc.  She needed to be “rescued” and I was there to do it (Though I didn’t know I did).

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Whining Children? Try this Mom’s Response

This is a repost from Jenna Loving, a friend of ours and mom of four who shares a creative way to help her children stop whining.  

In an attempt to make my kids understand how disrespectful it is to whine when I ask them to do a chore, I told them if they are going to complain about helping out the only words they can say are, “Mom, I don’t want to do this because I think YOU should be the only one who does any work around the house.” Not surprisingly my girls refused because they realized it was rude (and quite clearly a trap). My son on the other hand? He sweetly said, “Mom, I don’t want to put the silverware away because I really do think you are the only one who should do work in the house.” That kid is lucky he’s so darn cute.