Encouraging Your Child to Have a Healthy Self-Image

Now that I am blessed to be the mother of a 5-month-old baby girl, I am realizing how easy it is to slip into the comparison and labeling game. I am excited to unravel her unique personality. Yet, the sneaky sin of comparison sometimes sneaks into my mind. She doesn’t laugh as often as so-and-so, but she has more motor skills than that kid . . . etc.  These thoughts are unfair to her. They make me over-analytical and anxious. Plus, comparison is always a lose-lose situation. Either she comes out ahead in my mind and it feeds my pride (a sin I struggle with), … Read more…

What Defines Your Self-Image?

Shy. Spoiled. Tom Boy. Only Child. These are all adjectives, or more accurately labels, that I remember struggling with as a child. I was quiet. I loved my friends and family, but I was not naturally extroverted. I was simply not your “normal” 5-year-old chatterbox, at least not around those I didn’t know very well. Now get me around friends and family and that was a different story! In addition, I was an only child–though by no choice of my own, mind you. Every day I prayed for a brother or sister, even writing God a letter with the request of a sibling. … Read more…

My Simple Guide to Decluttering Your Home

(This post was written by Laura, an Engaged Home contributor. Laura’s post includes her affiliate links.) A cluttered home is a cluttered mind, as they say. Over the years, many of us are guilty of hoarding and collecting things – and they never get thrown away. The result can be a house that is packed to the brim with useless objects and old stuff that will never see the light of day again. While some people can happily live like this, it makes my skin crawl.  Studies have also started to reveal that there is a correlation between clutter and … Read more…

3 Column Bible Study

If growing up in the churches of Christ taught me one thing, it was how important it is to read and know your Bible. Teachers and preachers impressed on me the importance of context and how we need to look at it through the eyes of the initial readers. When I was a child I loved church. And in middle school I really fell in love with Jesus and decided to get baptized. Reading my Teen Devotional Bible and praying every day came easily. I devoured books like Mere Christianity in high school. Yet, as a busy adult, sometimes reading the Bible and praying … Read more…

Save Time, Money, and Sanity With My Top Time-Saving Cleaning Tips

Let’s be totally honest, very few people like cleaning their home. But it is unavoidable. You’re going to have to do your fair share of cleaning if you don’t want to live in filth. As a mother and dog owner, it seems like there is always something that needs cleaned. I also like to avoid costly and chemical-filled cleaning products. As a new busy mom with only small gaps of nap time to clean, nap, blog, or relax (gasp!), I’ve learned the importance of organization and streamlining my cleaning routine. The good news is I’ve come up with some techniques to help … Read more…

4 Ideas for Making Your House a Home

Have you ever walked into a house that felt sterile or staged? Those houses always make me feel uncomfortable because I cannot envision the family actually living there. Since our home is where we spend a lot of our family time, and since we are considering homeschooling in the future, we really want to make sure that our home is a comfortable, cozy, and a positive place for Rebekah. Based on that, here are four ways I’ve learned to make a house a home your family can relax in and enjoy: Personalize it: Your home should be filled with things that you want … Read more…

Equipping Our Children to Engage a Broken World

equipping our children to navigate life

Some days I wonder about what type of world our children will live in. I think of the challenges we faced growing up and wonder what is in store for them. It doesn’t surprise me that more and more parents are trying to shelter their kids from the world. Yet, I do not think that approach is always beneficial. I believe we need to teach our children to navigate and engage the world around them in a healthy way. Teaching our children truth, so they can filter out lies is essential. How do you teach your children the wisdom they need … Read more…

How to Prepare Your Home for a Family Get Together

hosting

Holiday season is right around the corner. For many of us, that means our houses will be full of friends and family. If you’re having a big family get together soon, you need to make sure your home is prepared for it so it is an enjoyable experience for all. Here are five things you can do to get your home guest-ready: Make Sure There’s Enough Chairs When you have people over, finding enough chairs is always a big problem. So, make sure you don’t leave the task of gathering together chairs until the last minute. You don’t necessarily need … Read more…

When Your Child Asks “Why would someone do that?”

The "Why" question

I think one of the most intimidating (but healthy) questions a child can ask is why. Recently, a friend of mine mentioned how her young daughter came home from school, where they had talked about 9/11, and asked “Why would someone do that?” Why? I think we could jump into a discussion about how the terrorists believed false ideas of glory, how America was evil, etc. And historically, that is good to talk about if your children are old enough to understand it. But doesn’t why come down to hatred?  Whether you are Muslim, Christian, Atheist, or Buddhist, isn’t it hatred that causes … Read more…

How to Talk With Your Child About 9/11

Do you remember what you were doing when you heard about the terrorists attacks on 9/11? I do. I saw it on TV as I walked into 7th grade history after band class. Those images are forever imprinted into my mind. However, this is not the case for most children today. They were not alive, and if they were, they were too young to remember. So how do you introduce this historical subject to elementary age children? And should we?  First of all, yes we should talk about it. It is an important part of our national history, it lead … Read more…

4 Children’s Books That Will Make You Tear Up

More than once I have whisked a tear away while reading to our Rebekah. And more than once I have heard Mitch’s voice crack as he gets choked up reading to her. I could blame the hormones (at least I don’t cry at every animal youtube video anymore), and we could both blame sleep deprivation. But I believe the real cause is that sometimes a book perfectly conveys what we want to communicate to our child: never-ending love and comfort. These books hopefully remind our daughter that we love her, but they also refocus us on what is important–cherishing these … Read more…