Arise Blog

Category: Parenting

  • Need Summer Sanity? Think Like a Teacher

    Summer means longer days, more free time, and kids out of school. While this seems wonderful, as you all know, it can be miserable. This is especially true if you have more than one child (now that I have three, I can’t believe I thought one was hard!).

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  • 15 Fun Things to do for Single Moms and the Children

    As a single mom, it’s easy to get stuck in the routine of day-to-day activities. Often you don’t have the brain energy to think of inventive ideas for summertime fun. After all, you’ve just washed ten loads of laundry, driven the kids to soccer practice for the fifth time, and saved the world. Right?

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  • Asked and Answered

    I’m not the only one of us who fantasizes about unconditionally obedient and compliant children. I’ve talked to enough of you to know this is high on our wish list for Mother’s Day. But no, much of my conversation with my darling offspring seems to be debating relative truth. Why can’t they just accept my word as the final, lock-it-in, don’t-need-to-phone-a-friend truth? I am the mother, after all. Surely that counts for something.

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  • Squashed Bugs and Rules

    Our children often complain about all of the rules: curfew, cleaning their room, homework finished before they watch TV, asking permission to go play with a friend, notifying us of where they are, and so many more. We provide the boundaries because we are the wise one, the person who understands what can happen.

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  • 10 Common Worries of Single Moms

    Worry. Worry. Worry. Sound familiar? Agonizing, vacillating, and stewing takes no effort at all. It seems to come so naturally that without notice, we become comfortably uncomfortable with is vexing. Jesus confirmed that we’d have many reasons to be tempted to worry, but knew more reasons why we shouldn’t. Like termites, it ultimately takes a bite out of our well-being.

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  • Tips for Shopping with Toddlers in Tow

    There’s no milk in the fridge and Kleenex is being substituted for toilet paper. A sigh escapes with the realization that a trip to the grocery store is imminent. Getting groceries is work no matter what season of life we’re in, it takes time and energy. But there’s no season more difficult than when the chore must be done with toddlers in tow.

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  • More Lessons From Hannah

    Do you find yourself often frustrated as a parent? Do you feel like a failure sometimes or get downright depressed over mistakes you or your child have made? Welcome to the club! It’s not a fun club, but one of which all parents that care about raising children for the Lord have been a part of multiple times over the years.

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  • Spending Time

    I married right out of high school. I was an immature Christian and didn’t realize I should pray about who I was going to marry. God gave me four children. Two adopted and two biological. However, one was a gift for a very short time.

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  • Parenting is Killing Me

    I’ve said this countless times in the last 20 years. Somedays I’m dying a slow death from frustration, embarrassment or all the other you-name-its that come with child rearing. It manifests either as a muttering under my breath because of irritation or discouragement, or an outburst when I simply can’t take the ridiculous chaos of life any longer and I forget to use my “inside voice”.

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  • LIGHTEN UP - (unpacking heavy emotions)

    For years my ‘this’ as a single mother was a concoction of anger, mixed with a cup of fear and two tablespoons of resentment. I still loved my former husband. And just when I thought I was getting over him, he’d pick up the kids for the weekend. I’d melt the second I laid eyes on him. Then all of my heartaches would spiral out of control once again.

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