Parenting & Pregnancy

Parenting Tip #4: Support Your Spouse

Parenting Tip #4: Support Your Spouse

As my husband and I were discussing parenting (we often do) we realized that a large part of parenting is supporting your spouse. You may wonder “what does that have to do with parenting? Turns out it plays a large role. There are many ways […]

5 Tips to Fight the Fright of the Flu Shot

5 Tips to Fight the Fright of the Flu Shot

Parents across the country watch their child scream and cry as a nurse tries to insert a needle into the muscle on the child’s arm. The dramatic response of children to as simple of an injection as a flu shot causes parents to dread the […]

Parenting Tip Series #3

Parenting Tip Series #3

Consistent Parenting There’s an old saying:  A jug fills drop by drop (Buddha). In light of the saying:  What do these stories have in common? My daughter was home schooled for two years of middle school.   Each morning we had school:  math, history, reading, science, […]

Parenting Tip Series #2:   Teach Your Kids to Serve

Parenting Tip Series #2: Teach Your Kids to Serve

Near our house is a fairly steep hill.  There are lots of big trees beside the hill, but no houses, so no one is in charge of the sidewalk.  During the year leaves, dirt, and junk collect in the gutter.   It never really washes away […]

Ten Best Parenting Tips Series: #1 Read Aloud

Ten Best Parenting Tips Series: #1 Read Aloud

My husband and I have six children.  Six!!!  Who can believe it?  This fact puts Dave (my husband) and I into the  “experienced parents” category–especially since the youngest is now 23 years old.   Parenting is not easy.   Should I say that again??  Parenting is not easy. […]

Having the Best of Both Worlds: Pregnancy and College

Having the Best of Both Worlds: Pregnancy and College

We have all heard our parents say the line “You [and your siblings] are the best thing that has ever happened to me.” While this statement is true, parenting is more than just sunshine and happiness.  There are many sacrifices that often accompany becoming a new […]

How to Teach your Child Sign Language

How to Teach your Child Sign Language

I’ve always thought that the concept of teaching your baby sign language before he or she could talk was incredibly fascinating. I mean, to be able to communicate with your child before he or she develops oral language sounds surreal! However, before I started writing […]

Children Are Natural Actors—How Can We Foster Their Growth?

Children Are Natural Actors—How Can We Foster Their Growth?

Recently, my husband and I taught a Sunday School class of 10- and 11-year-olds. To enliven the lesson, we decided to ask them to act out a story from the scriptures. Their eyes lit up when they found out what we would be doing, and they […]

Four Ideas to Give Children a Voice

Four Ideas to Give Children a Voice

Most people hate the feeling of being ignored. Whether in a classroom with a hand raised for a long time or at home with family who are busy doing other tasks, children may experience this feeling every day—not having a voice, that is. Giving children a […]

Learning from the Open Minds of Children

Learning from the Open Minds of Children

Recently, in the General Women’s Session of General Conference, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints emphasized the need to reach out to serve refugees and others who may be facing significant life challenges. These challenges may include finding employment, adjusting to a new culture, […]