Schooling for Moms

By Barbara Rainey | August 2, 2018 | 7 Comments

Motherhood, for me, was a minefield of less-than-honorable passions. Sloughing through a thankless and often humiliating gauntlet of messes and mistakes elicited more anger and exhausted misery than I ever thought possible.  Yes, there were multitudes of joys. But that was not where most of the lessons were learned. Not until I had been mothering […]

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Dear Barbara: How Do I Decide Which New Friends My Child Can Play With?

By Barbara Rainey | July 23, 2018 | 3 Comments

Dear Barbara, We recently met a family at our library who has since that day been asking our son to come play. I don’t feel comfortable with my children spending a lot of time with a family I barely know, so I invited the family to a 4th of July party we were going to. […]

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You Are the Parent, Not Your Child

By Susan Yates | July 12, 2018 | 7 Comments

We live in a child-centered culture. A culture that often says our primary job as a parent is to make sure our child is always happy. Of course we all want our children to be happy, but that’s not our primary goal as parents.  Our primary goal is to raise adults with a solid faith who will […]

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10 Ways to Avoid Mommy Burnout

By Susan Yates | May 11, 2018 | 11 Comments

When our five kids were little I ran away. Well not exactly; but I do remember standing by the front door at the end of a horrible, rainy day of being cooped up with sick toddlers, fighting siblings, a hormonal pre- teen and a hormonal and burned out me! With my coat on and purse in […]

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The Phantom Mom

By Barbara Rainey | May 7, 2018 | 15 Comments

We women know well that comparison is a nemesis for each of us, but did you know that our daily measuring of ourselves has created a collage of ideals, an image of perfection, a phantom “me” within? Last week I pulled a cute shirt out of the corner of our closet where my spring/summer things […]

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