boys

Is Destruction in Their Wake Normal?
A reader asked: As a mother of 4 young boys, (oldest is 10), we have a lot of furniture, walls, toys, etc destroyed in their wake. Is this normal for boys??? I feel like I can't have anything nice around. Dear Friend, I feel your pain! The frustrating part about raising girls is that they…
What Happens When the Chef is Eleven Years Old…
That sounds like the start to a funny, or maybe even disgusting story, doesn't it? And we've seen a few of those, too. I don't think anyone will ever forget the Skittles in the rollups for lunch. They were, uh, memorable. Last night, though, was memorable in another way... "Mom, can I make quiche for…
Stereotypes or Created Types?
I was intrigued when our son sent me a link to a graphic illustration of the most commonly used words in toy advertisements for boys and girls. Scanning over the words, I see something very different than the original researcher did... The words used in advertising toys for boys are things like battle, power, heroes,…
Bearing One Another’s Burdens
Hey guys, some of you may be familiar with Jeff & Kate Estes of Hands and Hearts history kits and their awesome blog but we didn't meet them until last year when they reached out to help us deal with the financial aftermath of our little Katie's heart problem. Their love and good counsel was…
Five Kernels of Corn
Thanksgiving at our house finds us gathered around the table with five kernels of corn alone on each plate. A child rises and reads the poem, Five Kernels of Corn. We pray and thank the Lord for his bountiful provision for us. As we pile into the feast, the topic of conversation is the blessings…