How can I get my child to practice the piano without nagging?

Do you have trouble getting your kids to practice piano without nagging?

If you’re having trouble getting your child to practice the piano—or any instrument—you’re not alone. As a veteran piano teacher, I know that practice can be a source of frustration for many families. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are LOTS of ways that you can get your kids to practice their instrument—even if you’ve never had a music lesson! How can I get my child to practice the piano without nagging? TIP #1:  Pray about it {Read More}

How to Teach Your Child Not to Interrupt

Does it drive you nuts that your children interrupt you? There is a simple and effective solution.

I know it drives you nuts. The very second you get on the phone, every kid in the house needs something. While they are spewing their needs at you, you are secretly hoping you can crawl in a hole. It’s embarrassing when a child interrupts. It’s rude and obnoxious. Plus, it renders your conversation ineffective. I mean, who wants to talk to someone who is constantly saying, “I’m sorry. Now, where were we?” But don’t worry, my friend. You won’t have {Read More}

Lego Family Fun Night

Are you looking for simple and frugal family fun night ideas? Lego Family Fun Night is the perfect fit!

Friday rarely comes and goes in our house without a family fun night. It’s one way we can unwind from the stresses of the week and toss our cares out the window. It’s also a way to connect and bond as a family. Knowing that my children have many things competing for their attention, I long to help them cherish family time for years to come. Thus, I instituted the Family Fun Night. To keep the cost down, I try {Read More}

Teach Them Diligently Convention Registration Opens!

Teach Them Diligently Convention. Don't miss this 3 day early bird sale. Price goes up on Sunday 9/ 14.

I just wanted to drop a quick line and tell you all the most exciting news! Teach Them Diligently convention registration has opened up with a special 3-day price. Don’t miss this chance to cash in on savings to this one-of-a-kind convention. It will bless your socks off. I’ve got lots of details to share with you in the coming days about special single mom programs, amazing speakers, and encouragement that you simply can’t miss. But for now…go grab your {Read More}

One Day at a Time

For when there seems to be no answers to your circumstances...One Day At A Time

Arms wrapped tightly around their screaming bodies, I felt hopeless in the circumstances. Tears invaded as the reality of anyone’s worst nightmare consumed me with numbness. We stood and watched the brake lights fade into the distance and prayers were offered between the wails. The sudden emptiness was vast. It was the first night in 9 years that I would pray alone. The first time I would sleep in an empty bed. And the first time I would have no lunch to pack {Read More}

Why I Gave Up Time Out

Wondering if this time out thing really works? Come see why I gave up time out.

It’s one of my earliest memories. She took my toy and I didn’t like it, so I bit her. I mean, what would any self-respecting 4 year-old do? I had to defend my right to have that toy! Right? Ok, the truth is, I don’t really remember how I felt. I actually don’t even remember why I bit the girl. I just remember one thing: the penalty. I remember the sting on my tongue and the bitter taste. Yep, you {Read More}

7 Strategies for Overwhelmed Moms

Dear mom, we can overcome that feeling of being overwhelmed!!

The conversation was sweet and harmless. Ya know, the kind that gave no indication it would lead to a heart-wrenching conclusion. She asked, “Did you like us better as babies, or now?” I laughed and shared that each stage of a child’s life has a special thing to love, but she wouldn’t give up. “Will you still like us when we move out?” she continued. I did what any mother would do and I joked about how fun it would be if {Read More}