When Nurturing Your Children Doesn’t Come Naturally

Friend Patty was sporty, fit and planned to become an astronaut. Instead, she became a wife and mother. Patty didn't feel as if she had a mothering instinct. Lovey-dovey stuff didn't come easy to her. She worked hard to curb her military manner. Because she worked so hard, she became an excellent parent. One of [...]

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When Your Kids Don’t Make You Feel Happy or Fulfilled

"I don't want to have any more children!" I confessed to Jerry late one night. We only had one child at the time. All of those early marriage conversations about adopting and having a large family seemed idiotic and idyllic-reality was just too hard to bear. I had envisioned motherhood in a warm yellow,glowing light [...]

Three Myths About Parenting that Keep us Trapped in Worry and Guilt

"Soul shaping is hard work. Often planting these seeds pushes against your own selfishness. Excellence requires that you cultivate and uphold your own inner standards in a world that makes concessions." I used to think that there were major sins and minor sins. Sins that were outwardly visible or labeled 'bad' were the ones to [...]