These 10 blog posts reflect my heart and season of life and are therefore my favourite posts for 2015.  I hope you will be encouraged by them – please leave a comment if something is particularly helpful to you.

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Housesitting is an opportunity for our older teens or young adults to step towards independent living.

As our kids have grown older they have been asked to housesit as people go on holidays.  Even though our kids have independence at home we have found that Housesitting is an opportunity for them to experience responsibilities in a way that doesn’t happen at home.

I think every person in our family has fallen into the trap of comparison at some time or other.  The problem with comparing ourselves is that we internalise that difference to be a weakness in ourselves.  We need to find a place of contentment with who we are.

The problem with comparing ourselves is that we internalise that difference to be a weakness in ourselves. We need to find a place of contentment with who we are.
How we live our marriage today will shape our marriage in our old age.

Growing old is one of those things that is going to happen and we can’t always know how age will affect us and our relationships.  I do think though that how we live our marriage today will shape our marriage in our old age to some degree.

Though this article came from a readers questions it addresses a very real quandary we have walked through in our family life.  It is tricky to help our older kids find the balance between serving and being taken advantage of as a volunteer in the church.

Finding the balance between serving and being taken advantage of as a volunteer in the church.
An interdependent family balanced autonomy and community; being responsible as an individual but living with family.

This post is very much where we are as a family with older teen/young adults.  An interdependent family balanced autonomy and community; being responsible as an individual but living with family.

With the onslaught of technology in our lives sorting out how much is enough is a constant parenting question.  When our kids have too much screen time removing the technology is only half the solution – the other half is helping them find something to do.

When our kids have too much screen time removing the technology is only half the solution - the other half is helping them find something to do.
Letting our children go doesn't have to hurt - we have been training them towards this day.

This year has been an up and down as I prepared my heart to see my children leave home.  As it’s turned out they are all staying home for a little longer – but it has made me think about the day.   Letting our children go doesn’t have to hurt – we have been training them towards this day.

This is a message I constantly remind myself of.  No-one does it all – you have to make a choice and do what is important well.

No-one does it all - you have to make a choice and do what is important well.
I can think of nothing worse than having to deal with business in the middle of grief - which is why I want to have a Last Will written well in advance.

I can think of nothing worse than having to deal with business in the middle of grief – which is why I want to have a Last Will writtenand sorted.  This is something we have been meaning to get around to – and finally it is done.

This is a lesson I have learnt many years ago but this year I noticed that I look after myself if it is fun – it is easy to set aside time to scrap, blog, or watch a movie!  It isn’t so easy to look after my physical body with exercise!!

Mums can make their mummy-break happen – we just have to learn how.

Mums can make their mummy-break happen - we just have to learn how.
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10 blog posts that reflect my 2015
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An Alternative to Chocolate

An Alternative to Chocolate

Not that I have anything against chocolate - but these jelly beans can help your kids share the message of Jesus, his love, death and resurrection at Easter time.  

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Parent Guide: How to make your Family Bible Study Really Work

Family Bible Study is Tricky with all the Different Ages

 

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Though true character is driven by internal motivation, our children will appreciate when we see that they are growing in character.

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Though true character is driven by internal motivation, our children will appreciate when we see that they are growing in character.

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A quick reference to help you discern between a heart attitude and a lack of skill for when your child loses it!

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Three things for parents to pray for in the Moment.

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Learn to respond to your child in a way that changes their heart.

 

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Our children hear different words when we react to when we respond. Do your children hear blah blah blah when you correct them? Includes a parenting poster.

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When we Respond instead of React we find a way to deal with the heart not just behaviour.

 

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When family relationships get tense - look for the niggles.

Heart Focused Parenting Resource for the Intentional Parent

 

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Give Effective Consequences

Think before you React

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One Another Verses

Be Intentional in the Teen Years

Use this Cheat Sheet to remind you of how you can love your teen.

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5 prompts to encourage the heart of your child as they learn to respond to God's Word

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Prepare a Heart focused Christmas

 

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Blending Life and Lessons - and start your journey of changing your thinking about education.

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Download: One Another Verses pdf

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Download this list of One Another verses and teach your children how to love others.

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