• Do you ever wonder if your own dysfunction is rubbing off on your children? I’ll admit I used to think about that often.  Because I was raised in ...
    Is Your Baggage Affecting Your...
    By Cindi McMenamin
    May 11th, 2017

    Mother Moments, Moms of Preschoolers, Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys, Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • Many of us grew up with Santa, but his little buddy the Elf on a Shelf has gotten growing attention in recent years.Just like the Santa story, the ...
    Elf on a Shelf: The Good, the ...
    By Connected Families
    December 08th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls
  • Dear Sweet Moms,I hope you have a terrific and special day with your families! Prayer along with thanksgiving has always been a part of this special d...
    A Prayer of Thanksgiving
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    November 24th, 2016

    Mother Moments, Moms of Preschoolers, Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys, Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • A mom recently said to me, "I'm doing what I've always wanted to do. I'm staying home to raise my children. But at the end of the day, I look around and w...
    What Did I Accomplish Today?
    By Church 4 Chicks
    December 01st, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys
  • We have talked before about some “DOs and DON’Ts” of how to peel your kids off the screen. It may seem difficult to help your kids discover fun...
    10 Screen-Free Ways to Have Fu...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    November 17th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys
  • Tattling Kids and Unhelpful Patterns“She called me a name!” “He hit me!” When one child “tells on” another, we call that “tattling.” I...
    How to Help Tattling Kids: Fin...
    By Connected Families
    November 10th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls
  • Kids make messes. Parents ask and ask (and it really sounds like nagging) their kids to take responsibility for their things and it seems like it is h...
    Teach Kids Responsibility ... ...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    November 03rd, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls
  • In our family, one of the realities we face is siblings who fight. I tend to want to stop my children’s rivalry in its tracks, but I have found th...
    How Not to Take Sides When Sib...
    By Connected Families
    October 27th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys
  • Doing chores is an important part of growing up, according to researchers. Doing everyday jobs promotes community and a sense of well-being.  But, ...
    Kids' Chores Made Easy! 6 Ways ...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    October 20th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys
  • This morning we said good-bye to our sweet little dog Jack as he passed away in our arms. Jack was a good friend, and fond of kisses which earned him ...
    "His Whistle is Louder..."
    By Monica Gill
    October 13th, 2016

    GraceTalk, Moms of Grade School Girls
  • The warm, lazy days of summer turn to the cooler, regimented days of September as moms prepare yet again for another school year transition and all of...
    5 Ways to Encourage a Positive...
    By Grace For Moms
    October 06th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls
  • By Lynne JacksonThere are few things more frustrating to a parent than an outward sign of disrespect coming from their children. You know it: the eye-...
    Cultivating Respect in Your Ch...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    September 29th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys
  • By Lynne JacksonMost of us agree that respect is an important skill to build in children which will empower them for their entire life. Whether it is...
    Building Respect and Teamwork ...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    September 22nd, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys
  • By Julie SandersA lot of us learned about people in our neighborhood from Mr. Rogers. Fred Rogers used to say one of his life lessons came from his mo...
    How to Teach Kids to Respect P...
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    September 15th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys
  • They take backpacks filled with folders, pencils, and hopes for a great year. When conversations begin creating a picture of your child’s school yea...
    “Teacher Trouble: P.T.A. Ass...
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    September 08th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys
  • Angry? Me, angry? I never thought so.In fact, if anyone was a “nice girl” it was yours truly. A people-pleasing, don’t rock the boat, smile-alw...
    The Heart of Mom Anger
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    September 01st, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • It was a Hardee’s commercial that sent me over the edge.Lewd, seductive, sensual, indecent. All to sell a hamburger. Right there on prime time telev...
    Does Modesty Really Even Matte...
    By Stephanie Shott
    August 25th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls
  • I remember when I was teaching my son to read more proficiently and I gave him his first real book. It was My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighe...
    5 Ways to Help Kids Set & Fulf...
    By Stephanie Shott
    August 18th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys
  • Do you know what it’s like to see your child hurt and not be able to help? I can’t think of a more debilitating feeling for a mom. I’ve expe...
    Surrendering Your Tendency to ...
    By Cindi McMenamin
    August 18th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Teen Girls, Moms of Teen Boys
  • I was on the phone with Laurelyn. (You know how I love Laurelyn.)I sat at the top of the stairs in my jammies, since that’s been my talk-on-the-phon...
    "People Need Spoons"
    By Tricia Williford
    August 11th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys
  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Shopping for School Supplies.I get all fluttery just reading the list.Crayola markers, with your broad tip...
    A Bouquet of Freshly Sharpened...
    By Tricia Williford
    August 04th, 2016

    Mother Moments, Moms of Grade School Girls
  • At one time we lived on planet earth, according to my eleven-year-old daughter, Ainsleigh. Then I got married in June of 2014, and she said that we ha...
    When Your Daughter Thinks You'v...
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    July 28th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls
  • By Lynn JacksonAre you feeling a little fear and trepidation about your kids’ free time this summer and the issues it brings?Summertime means long s...
    3 Secrets to Go from Screen Ti...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    July 21st, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys
  • BY ADRIEL BOOKER You may recognize this quote by Anne Frank*.My husband and I can testify to this truth when it comes to our finances. We’ve always...
    When There's Nothing Left to Gi...
    By Grace For Moms
    July 21st, 2016

    Moms of Preschoolers, Moms of Grade School Girls
  • Strategies for Surviving the Rest of SummerSome Connected Families Staff Share Their ExperiencesKids and summer. Summer and kids: Slip-and-slides or ...
    Strategies for Surviving the R...
    By Connected Families
    July 14th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls
  • Today I had the pleasure of being a guest on one of the most popular Christian shows on the radio: Midday Connection. The host Lori Neff and I talke...
    Church: This is How to Greet M...
    By Gillian Marchenko
    July 07th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls
  • Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. –Galatians 6:7 One of the most difficult facets of parentin...
    A Tough Kind of Love
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    June 30th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Teen Girls
  • Ungratefulness. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves. Ironically, it’s also one of my deepest personal struggles. Last Tuesday, after a rip-roaring...
    Mirror
    By Grace For Moms
    June 23rd, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls
  • Sukay's StoryWhether or not they verbalize it, kids often struggle with feeling like they are “bad kids” or that they are “naughty” when they m...
    How I Turned My Parenting Fail...
    By Connected Families
    June 16th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Grade School Boys
  • Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. –Galatians 6:7One of the most difficult facets of parenting ...
    A Tough Kind of Love
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    June 09th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls
  • When you see your child doing something hurtful, it’s second nature to want to jump in and correct the behavior immediately! But sometimes this can...
    Is Your Response to Misbehavio...
    By Connected Families
    June 02nd, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls
  • Written by Lynne JacksonKyle and Ella came to me concerned that their 6-year-old daughter, Maya, was “always negative about everything.”“What...
    What Do I Do When My Child is ...
    By Connected Families
    May 26th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls
  • Everyone would agree that loving our children is one of the most important things a parent can do.But sometimes expressing that love isn’t as easy ...
    7 Powerful, Peaceful Ways to C...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    May 19th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls
  • We already had 4 incredible children!  Matthew, our oldest, had just entered his teen years and Christopher, the second-born, was only two years behi...
    SHE'S FINE ... SHE IS JUST FINE...
    By Carol McLeod
    May 12th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls, Moms of Teen Girls
  • A young mom queried me intently after our talk on Entitlement in kids. “What do you do about the culture around us that guarantees that every child...
    Is Your Child Entitled to a Tr...
    By Jim & Lynne Jackson
    May 05th, 2016

    Moms of Preschoolers, Moms of Grade School Girls
  • By Allison DillaberrySometimes, we love our kids to death.As moms, we want to give our children everything we possibly can. But what happens when tha...
    True Love Doesn't Always Say YE...
    By The M.O.M. Initiative
    April 28th, 2016

    Moms of Grade School Girls