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Advocacy in Quarantine

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Have any of you felt the need to fight a little harder for our kids while in quarantine? Have you asked yours, “How much more can they take away from…

Pregnancy in the Time of COVID: ‘You are Not Alone’

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Yesterday I left my 37-week ultrasound and non-stress test at my Perinatology office (a subspecialty of obstetrics which deals with high-risk pregnancies.) I was alone in my car driving home…

Embrace a Season of Margin

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Living a slower lifestyle is not easy. How often have we filled our schedules and to do lists? Be challenged in how much you are like Martha or Mary in…

Rupture Repair

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Emotions are flying high. Ruptures between you and your child are inevitable. Take responsibility for your response and repair the ruptures today.

No to the Non-Essential

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Feeling overwhelmed? Wishing there were more minutes in your day? Take a moment and unpack Psalm 40 to see what God has for you to pause and refuel accordingly.

Season of Adjustments

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In this season of adjustment, it's time to make the necessary adjustments in our schedule. Be encouraged in where to start and how to prioritize.

Routines: Lost or Found?

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Routines were tossed upside down and all over the place. Just because life has gotten out-of-control doesn't mean you, your children or parenting have to follow suit. Rediscover routines that…

Tired Parenting

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It's SO hard to be a tired parent! Plan a pause to intentionally use your downtime for rest and THE best. Focus on what satisifies and feeds your soul.

The Juggling Act of Life

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Does your life feel completely out-of-control right now? Here's a great place to start with what to do when life feels out-of-control.

Find Your Footing

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These circumstances are a LOT for us to handle as adults. Imagine how your kids are taking it! Find some footing for your children here.

Made in God’s Image

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Racism is opposite of the character of God. There is no place for it in God's Kingdom. All humans are made in God's image. Remind your child of these truths…

They’re Watching You

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We often have long "to do" lists as working parents. Reconsider what should go on that list and the prioritization of things. Your kids are watching you and your example.

Giggle Break

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There's a lot of seriousness in raising kids. But it doesn't have to be so serious all the time. Kick back, joke and laugh together with these sure-fire giggles.

Name That Feeling

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Take away an extremely practical way to identify and understand your child's feelings. This will be an invaluable tool to use with your kids each and every day.

Care for Vulnerable Families

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If you are a foster, adoptive, kinship, reunified, or safe family, you can access resources and support groups just for you!

Online Art Class

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If you’ve been feeling stressed, we invite you to take a break and tap into your creativity! Join us for a free art class where you’ll learn painting basics in…

Nuclear Emotions

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The emotions are swirling inside your children whether they are staying locked in, leaking out or full-on exploding. Check out these four quick tips on how to respond if and…

Emotions Under the Behaviors

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There are always a mix of emotions underlying any behaviors in our children. Take tons of practical tips to help your child identify, express and explore the feelings. Parents, this…

How Are You?

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Guessing the typical response you get is, "Fine!" How do you dive deeper in connection and communication with your child, especially in this season that is anything but fine? Get…

Slow to Speak

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Think about all our kids are going through and how they're processing everything happening to and around them. When your kids come to you with more complex problems, what on…

God, Give Me Eyes to See

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I wish I had eyes to see those in need. Can you imagine walking through Target and being able to see whose heart is hurting and needs some encouragement?  What…

I Hear You

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“You don’t understand Mom, you don’t know what it is like to be a kid.” After carefully doing my math to realize how long it had been since I was…

Do I Wait for the Storm to be Over?

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When is there a good time to step out in faith? Is it when the waters are calm? Is it when the storm is raging? The best time to step…

Hope Filled Approach to Suicide Prevention

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As we kick off National Suicide Prevention Week, I want you to hear from my good friend, Dan Adams, from Sources of Strength. Sources of Strength’s upstream approach to suicide…

Finding the Light

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By Jennifer Norton I have been finding it very interesting to watch my daughter grow and develop from a little girl into a pre-teen. It is such a pivotal age…

Help! I Feel Exhausted

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By Chris Reed As I’m typing this, the common energy drain in all our lives is coming from COVID-19. The response to and effects of the virus have caused many…

Hope for Mental Health Community | Back to School: Support for Families and Kids

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If you are a student, parent, educator, or love some who is, join us for our online Hope for Mental Health Community for practical support as you navigate the uncertainties…

Messy Bun, But Getting Self-Care Done

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The COVID-19 at-home trends are all about comfy and cozy. Moms and daughters alike are sporting messy buns on the daily. Working parents are dressed for work…from the waistline up…

The Trends of Childhood Stress and Anxiety

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Kara Powell, a leader and research at Fuller Institute, shares a wealth of expertise and wisdom around the seeming increase in stress and anxiety in today's children. Tune in as…

Winning with Your Struggling Teen

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Mark at Amazon Saddleback Parents is joined by Mark Oestreicher, well-known trainer and leader of youth workers across America with almost 40 years of experience in student ministries. He shares…

Hope for Mental Health Community with Pastor Scott Sauls

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Join us for our Hope for Mental Health Community – a safe place for anyone living with or affected by mental illness. Our monthly gatherings are a time to connect…

Speak Up With Your Kids

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My mind lies awake and restless at night—the endless posts, comments, videos and more dealing with every aspect and facet of the racial injustices pervading our country spin through my…

Hope for Mental Health Community with Dr. Bruce Perry

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The stressful impact of COVID-19 on our daily lives is unprecedented, affecting our physical and mental health, our work, our finances, our communities, and our relationships.

Caregiver Burnout, Isolation, and Addiction

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Join us as we focus on caregiver burnout, substance use, addiction, and isolation with Dr. Glenda Wrenn. Dr. Wrenn is a practicing psychiatrist, mental health policy expert, and thought leader…

Protecting Your Mental Health During COVID-19

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Your mental health, especially as a parent, is vital in this season. Take time to reflect on and protect your mental health.

Supporting Kids During COVID-19

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The kids in our lives have experienced a tremendous amount of change and loss due to COVID-19 – loss of school, the ability to participate in extracurricular activities (sports, art…

Don’t Miss Today Thinking About Tomorrow

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Is your angst increasing about the possibility of a "new normal"? What tomorrow holds can be overwhelming. Don't get lost in tomorrow at the cost of today.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

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You are probably doing a good or even great job in managing this norm. But, you don't have to keep it all together all the time. It's okay to not…

How To Handle Emotional Pain During The COVID-19 Crisis

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With COVID-19, the quarantine, and the economic turmoil, our intake of information has increased, and with it, comes the news of pain around the world. It can be a simple scroll…

Running on Empty

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In this episode of Parent Pit Stop, Kurt talks about making sure you find time to do the things that fill your tank.

The Short & Long-Term

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The uncertainty of tomorrow, next week and next month can be overwhelming. Be reminded about how to live in the short-term, day-to-day, while keeping a long-term, bigger picture vision in…

Connection in Social Distancing

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As someone who thrives off of in-person connections and relationships, social distancing has been like my kryptonite. Guess that is why God blessed us with a high-energy household of kids…

Surviving At-Home

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There is no time like the present, in the “new norm” of being at-home for work, school, play, meals and more, to take an intentional pitstop. Get your at-home living…

Struggle Well

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It is an inevitable part of life and parenting, that there will be challenges. You will face a parenting struggle. Your child will struggle with a friend, coach, teacher or…

Helping Your Child Face Fears

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“AH, a spider!” “Daddy come get this BIG bug.” “I don’t want to go upstairs by myself, it’s dark and scary!” “What if there are monsters in my closet?!?!” In…

Kids Need Parents Who Are Leaders

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I’m afraid too many parents have indulged and enabled their children to such an extent that they have helped create irresponsible and even narcissistic kids. When we have weak, inconsistent…