No More Family Devo Guilt

We’ve had a lot of epic fails over the years of trying to have “family devotions.” Sometimes we tried to have a sit-down meeting with squirmy preschoolers with lessons that weren’t age appropriate. Other times, we started books or plans and failed to finish in the midst of busy schedules. Teaching God’s Word to our children can seem like this huge task.  In order to alleviate the guilt of not following through on our plan, we can be tempted to just stop attempting to do it. I’ve learned over the years to never stop starting. I’d rather try ten different methods and not finish any of them than give up.  When …

The Parenting Report Card

A children’s ministry leader motioned for me to come to the back from my seat during the church service one Sunday.  She asked if I knew the parents of a certain child and wanted me to help her locate them.  Their daughter had been scratched in the face by another three year old in class and she needed to inform the parents.  She didn’t know the details or which child was the scratcher.  When we arrived at the classroom, I discovered that it had been my daughter that had done the scratching.  After profusely apologizing to the couple, I packed up my kids and scooted home as quickly as possible.  …

I didn’t want to…

Last night, I just didn’t want to. It had been a long day: Waiting on hold for an insurance company for what seemed like hours. Answering and filing hundreds (okay maybe not hundreds but a lot) of emails. Writing and researching for a few hours. Helping my daughter manage ever changing emotions about her new wig that arrived. Driving teens back and forth to work. Topped off by “back to school” night for my 8th grader hearing details about the DC trip my other three had already taken and meeting all the teachers that already know our family name all too well. I’m sure you could write a similar list …