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Encouraging Bible Verses for Busy Moms

Let’s face it, motherhood is challenging and exhausting. It can feel overwhelming at times – like everything is spiralling out of control. You may feel like a failure because you yell at your kids, or don’t give them enough attention. God’s word has some encouragement for you, mama! He sees you. He understands your challenges and struggles. He has a special place in His heart for you. Let’s take a look at some verses designed especially to give you – tired, weary mom – hope and courage. 22 Encouraging Bible verses #1 Matthew 11:28-30 “Come…

10 Best Planning Tips to Increase Productivity

One of my biggest challenges as a SAHM was the frustration of not getting stuff done that I wanted to get done. I didn’t realise that being productive has a lot to do with planning. I was never taught to plan and didn’t even consider it necessary. I just lived. I allowed life to happen to me. The result was that my feelings or crises dictated my life, which led to a lot of stress and overwhelm, which led to irritation, which led to yelling at my kids, which led to guilt. Sounds like chaos. Yup. It…

10 Ways to Increase Productivity at Home

Do you feel like you are always chasing your tail, never able to get your to-do list done? Do you feel overwhelmed most of the time? Your attention is pulled in so many directions and you have a lot of stuff going around in your head. You may feel like you’re drowning and like you’re failing as a mother. Your chaos is next level. How can you regain your sanity and eliminate chaos, stress, and overwhelm? How to eliminate chaos and increase productivity Being a stay at home mom can be chaotic because you don’t have…

6 Ways to Stop being an Angry Parent

Note: this post first appeared in 2020, but has been updated. 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…

8 Causes of Rebellion

Note: This post first appeared in 2017 but has been overhauled. 🙂 Rebellion in kids often takes parents by surprise, but the reality is that rebellion begins in the heart way before it’s expressed verbally or behaviourally. There are always early telltale signs of rebellion long before it manifests itself. Rebellion is not something any parent enjoys, but many tolerate it because they think it’s part of normal development. But rebellion is not ok.  It is not “normal”.  In fact, the Bible reveals how serious a sin it is – Deuteronomy 21:18-21 tells how…

How to Spot Rebellion in Your Child

Note: This post first appeared in 2017 but has been overhauled. 🙂 Over the years I’ve learned to recognize rebellion in children.  I’ve seen it in the eyes of an 18 month old boy, in the lack of obedience in a 6 year old child, in the back chat and facial expression of a 13 year old, and in the quiet resistance to be told how to do something in a 19 year old. Rebellion, plainly put, is resistance to authority. A rebellious child will resist his parent’s efforts to direct his life and assert his will against…

25 Manners to Teach your Kids

Good manners are hard to find these days, yet they are essential for success in life.  Clarence Thomas said, “Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.” What are good manners? Good manners includes more than eating properly. Emily Post, famous for writing about etiquette, put it this way:  “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.  If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” Manners are an outward expression of an inner feeling toward others. While they shouldn’t be a pretense, practicing them can…

10 Ways to Build Healthy Self-Esteem in Kids

“I don’t like myself!’ Tears flowed down my son’s face. I was astounded to hear such words from an eight year old child and didn’t know what to do. Every parent wants their child to like themselves, to feel good about who they are, and to have self-confidence. What is self-esteem? Simply put, it’s about how happy you are to be you. How valuable you feel and believe you are. A lot of what poses as self-esteem is vanity and pride yet the Bible tells us to love our neighbour as ourselves…

How your Childhood Affects your Parenting

My sobbing three year old son stood by the bed.  “You must hug me; I can’t hug myself.” And I was frozen inside. Unable to offer comfort until my husband pushed me towards the little boy and told me to. What made me cold and unfeeling? Why could I not offer comfort? None of us wake up in the morning intending to hurt our children. Yet we do.We neglect needs, say hurtful things, withhold comfort, or laugh when we shouldn’t. The hurts we inflict are often unintentional and our children are wounded…