Teen Girls

While you can not control what other people say or do, you are able to choose how you will respond.

Real Questions: How Do I Replace Lies with Truth

  Real Question: I have a friend who is struggling and she keeps talking to me about how she is a loser and can’t do anything right. Now I have found myself thinking these same thoughts. How do I stop? Real Answers: Courtney Werner (20something daughter) says: We can create with our words, and our words begin with our thought life. If you are hanging around people who speak negatively, it is easy to begin to be in agreement with those words. Our thoughts and words are so powerful. [Tweet “The best way to stop thinking negatively is to fill…

Secret to Real Mom Community

The Secret to Real Mom Community

In a Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-driven world, being real and honest about our lives doesn’t seem very appealing. Without transparency and openness, however, mom friendships remain shallow. True community can never be achieved. Sure, it’s risky. But there is so much to be gained when we share our souls, our burdens, and our struggles. Not only do we finally feel truly “known,” we make it safe for others to do the same. For years, I shuddered at the thought of sharing my private struggles. After all, I was a Bible study leader. By all appearances, I was a “good” Christian woman and…

Instilling a Passion for Purity

Through my years of mentoring teens combined with my experience as a life coach for women, many of whom are moms, I’ve come to discover that “having the talk” and cultivating a vision of purity is not something that comes naturally for most. There’s is overarching insecurity and feeling of hypocrisy that keeps most moms silent at a time in which preteens, tweens, and teens need to hear the truth laced with grace and humility from the people who love them most. Maybe it’s because I’ve been on the receiving end of a mentoring teens afraid to approach their moms with…

When all you want is a friend . . .

Do You Want a Friend?

In the children’s classic Charlotte’s Web, Wilbur the pig experiences an emotion that is all too familiar to some. A rainy day on the farm spoils his outdoor plans and he soon realizes that none of the farm animals want to play with him. Loneliness descends. Finally, as darkness falls, he hears a voice. “Do you want a friend, Wilbur?” it said. “I’ll be a friend to you. I’ve watched you all day and I like you.” In the ensuing chapters, readers delight in the budding friendship between Wilbur and Charlotte. Like Wilbur, we want someone to call out to us,…

Freedom to Choose

Freedom to Choose

Real Question: When should parents allow their children the freedom to choose the music they listen to, the TV shows they watch, the books they read, or friends they associate with?   Real Answer: The daughter’s insight, by Courtney . . . I grew up in a protective environment. At the time, I wasn’t always thankful for the boundaries that were set in place. Later on, however, I realized that those boundaries were for my own safety. The thing I appreciated the most was how my parents chose to navigate through the issues. Instead of stating a hard and fast rule without…

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