How to Have a Great Day with Your Child

LauraBabies, Early Elementary Education, Family Fun, Healthy Living, Motherhood, New Homeschooler, Preschool

Days at home with kids can drag on. Whether you have a newborn, a toddler, or a handful of kids, you probably know that feeling of not knowing what to do with yourself. I’ve spent many days at home feeling lonely, isolated, overwhelmed, distracted, and resentful. Of course that makes my kids feel restless and discontent. They either bounce off … Read More

How to Keep Serving When You Want to Quit

LauraAll Posts, Babies, Homeschooling, Motherhood

Do you ever grow weary in serving? I sure do. In this video, I share three things that keep me going when I want to quit. Join me in my living room to talk about how God gives us the grace to have the mind of Christ… and to serve others just like Jesus did. How do you keep serving … Read More

Why I Forgot to Wash My Face For An Entire Year

LauraBabies, Motherhood

I forgot to wash my face for an entire year. That’s possible, you know, when you welcome a sixth child into your family. When our sweetie-pie was born, I went into complete survival mode – sweet, joyful, gasping-for-air survival mode – and I forgot about a lot of things that I used to take for granted. When people asked me … Read More

How to Care for Your Newborn at Night

LauraAll Posts, Babies

Guess who I think of when I wake up to feed my newborn at 2:30 in the morning? I think of you! It’s true! As I pull on my bathrobe and quietly walk into our sweet baby’s room each night, I reflect on all that I’ve learned over the past 14 years of feeding babies at night and I think, I … Read More

A 3-Step Plan for Reading Aloud to Babies and Toddlers

LauraBabies, Books, Motherhood, Preschool, Toddlers

Picture this: You are holding your precious baby on your lap and opening a book to read aloud. You are building his love of reading, nurturing him with quality time, enriching his understanding of humanity. Two seconds later, that same child is escaping across the room – crying, no less – with a freshly-chewed board book in his grasp. Sound … Read More

Teach Your Baby to Read: The Secrets to a Literary Education

LauraAll Posts, Babies, Books, Early Elementary Education, English Literature, Homeschooling, Kindergarten, Motherhood, Preschool

Tucked in your daily routine are the secrets to your child’s literary education. Your child’s literacy and love for books depends more on his grasp of the stuff of life than on his ability to decipher short-vowel sounds. We understand and appreciate books not only because we can physically read, but also because we can think well about stories and … Read More

When Your Child Doesn’t Love You

LauraBabies, Discipleship, Motherhood, Toddlers

Is there anything worse for a mother than to feel like her child doesn’t love her? I think it’s one of the big silent aches of motherhood. We don’t talk about it often because it feels so personal, so humiliating. But it’s not the end of the world. I promise. In fact, it’s an invitation to hope, to look for … Read More

Tired of playing tug-of-war with your child? Try this.

LauraAll Posts, Babies, Motherhood, Toddlers

When you say, “no grabbing,” do you practice what you preach? After watching this YouTube clip, you may make “no grabbing” your own personal mantra. Respect your baby’s personhood… When you choose not to grab an item from a children, she feels much less threatened. You’re demonstrating that you trust her and believe that she will be beneficent toward you. … Read More

Kids Laugh A Lot

LauraAll Posts, Babies, Character Training, Discipleship, Early Elementary Education, Family Fun, Motherhood

Kids laugh a lot. A child’s laughter is glorious. Why, just today, my kids were giggling uncontrollably at someone’s antics, and I wished I could bottle their contagious, delightful laughter. I’d treasure that precious bottle forever. Have you ever taken inventory of what makes children laugh? They laugh about a vast array of noises: screams, beeps, blurps, dings, and whistles. … Read More

Motherhood: I’m Gonna Savor It.

LauraAll Posts, Babies

 (Baby Bubbles) Yesterday, a friend met our newest baby for the first time. It was a sweet moment because she has been a mentor to me over the years. She has loved and raised four children and is enjoying her grandchildren. Over the years, she has given me wise advice about womanhood, marriage, Bible study, prayer, food, children, and everything … Read More