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Mind, Will, and Emotion in Discipline
A biblical picture of the heart includes a child’s mind, will, and emotions. In our role as parents, we are charged with growing our children up in all three of these areas so that they will grow up to be committed to Christ. Anytime your... More
Child Favors Dad
Dear Betsy, I am a young mom with two boys (ages 3 1/2 and 1 1/2). My youngest son seems to favor and absolutely adore my husband which has begun to bother me. I am aware that I need to not take his preference personally, but it still hurts me if I... More
Help for a Child Acting Aggressively?
Dear Betsy, I took Entrusted last year and was so blessed by it! I have a three-year old son, who is very strong-willed, and also the most fun-loving, creative child. We are dealing lately with him being aggressive towards other... More
How to Discipline a Toddler Who Is Swatting at Others?
Dear Betsy, My daughter who turned two this week has recently started occasionally taking her hand and swatting me, or her older brothers in the face when she doesn’t get her way. This is out of character for her because she has a kind,... More
How to Help Children Deal with Anger?
Dear Betsy, I have a 6-year-old son who has struggled with anger and control issues since he was 3 years old. As a result, to this day he will stamp his feet, flail his arms and either cry, whine or complain in an angry tone VERY loudly when... More
Hope for Discouraged Parents
The following two questions are similar in reflecting the discouragement we can often feel as parents. Though the details vary somewhat, the principles are similar and so I thought I would address them together. Dear Betsy, I am a home school mom... More
"I was just..."
Andrea was enthusiastically looking through some drawers at her grandma's house. She had a plan in mind to help set the table. As she was digging in the drawer, her mom instructed, "Andrea, that's enough. Shut the drawer." Andrea, however, kept... More
What do you do when your teenager stays out late and yet you and your husband like to go to bed early? Here's an idea you can try. Set a special alarm clock near your bedroom for 5 minutes after your child's designated curfew. When your child comes... More
I took my dog for a walk this morning. It’s not one of my favorite activities; in fact, I dread it. My 10-year old dog Maggie is sweet and well-behaved, but she’s developed some bad habits over the years that are not easy to break. I’ve never been... More
Taming the Tantrum, part 2
Some children are more prone to throwing tantrums, and the behavior may begin around 15 to 18 months. This needs to be addressed and corrected immediately upon onset so that it is completely done away with. They may test you for a few months, but if... More
Taming the Tantrum
Every spring, near the end of our ministry year, I visit our Harvest campuses for "Question & Answer" Day. I appreciate the thought-provoking questions that women submit which are a true reflection of their earnest desire to become godly wives... More
In Due Season
As hard as it may be to believe, some of my favorite gifts have been things that I have had to leave behind when we have moved. It all began when we first moved into a historic house with giant maple trees lining the street and dotting the yard.... More
Did you know that you create a target for your child's behavior? You determine how large it is by what you will accept from them. You might want them to hit the bullseye, but you accept behavior "close to the mark" or "not so close to the mark."... More
Testing the Anchor
As we parent our children and practice biblical principles of discipline, we may still find that at various ages of development, many children will “test the anchor” to see if it will hold. They are testing to see if you will respond as you did in... More
“I’m hurrying as fast as I can!” They may be "moving fast" but only because they waited until the last possible moment to "move". Procrastination can be a form of manipulation used by children. It can become a bad habit; a character weakness that we... More
Many moms feel like they are always shouting at their kids in order to be heard and they wind up exhausted at the end of the day from the effort. It is so important that your children learn to respond to your voice. They must be taught that your... More
Practicing the Presence of God
As you interact with your children, make God real and ever present at the earliest possible age. Talk to Him in their presence and talk about Him to them even before they can understand. Make the mundane moments (like diaper changing) occasions in... More
Applying Biblical Truth to Everyday Life
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