I remember looking at one of my young children and saying quietly to myself, “Wow, Johnny has a BIG problem with sulking. I’ll have to work on that.” Then, just as quickly, as life screamed my name, amid the laundry, cooking, cleaning, nursing the baby, breathing…… I forgot that I should spend time working on Johnny’s attitude. Until, he sulked again. Then, I was mad at him, AND ME! I decided to create a report card to help organize and strategize my attempts to equip my children with the tools that they needed to fulfill their destinies. My report cards were divided into quarters, with the same 3 categories in each quarter. I reevaluated the child’s progress after each quarter. Often, I could eliminate or tweak 1 or 2 goals. My quarters were Sept. 1- Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 1 – Jan. 1, January and February, and March – Memorial Day. Here is a sample of one of my report cards: Personal Development: -How is their speech? Can they pro
If you aren’t following Kristen Welch on social media, I would encourage you to start. Her blog, We Are That Family, is informative, inspiring, and worth your time. She is a Christian wife, mom, and author. I enjoyed reading both of her books, and was honored to be able to read her latest book, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, before its release today, January 26, 2016. Before reading the book, I assumed it was written to help parents teach their children how to look at life from an outward, self-less perspective. It does that, in an easy to read, honest and transparent format. What I didn’t expect was the conviction that I felt as I examined my own heart as I was reading. Without laying a guilt trip on it’s readers, Kristen gently helps the reader examine their goals, world view, and expectations. I HIGHLY recommend that everyone purchase this book. I plan on using it for a book club which will meet at my home each month in 2016. You can read more revie
What happens when a Jewish girl from Philadelphia falls in love with and marries a Christian hog farmer from a small rural town 85 miles from her home? Well, in my case, I became a Christian, but struggled to be the loving wife and joyful mother to my 4 young sons. This blog was born in order to share one tip a day that I learned, that could now help other moms learn to handle life with patience, grace and joy!
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