The Holiday season is wonderful, but it can also be one of the most difficult and stressful times of the year. In this episode, Karis and Michelle share ten ideas that can help to reduce the stress of the holidays. 1.) Use the word “NO” liberally when it comes to adding new commitments to your schedule, […]

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08
Nov
2019
Thanksgiving, family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. I love the crisp fall weather, the Macy’s parade, the food and the family time. It’s one of the few American holidays that isn’t completely commercialized (at least not yet.) Creating traditions can help make Thanksgiving meaningful for our kids. Here are a few ideas: […]

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05
Nov
2019

As a parent, I say “I’m sorry” a lot. Probably every day. Multiple times a day. James 5:16. It writes, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” Here are three powerful reasons to make saying you’re sorry a regular part of your parenting strategy. It’s God’s prescription […]

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In this episode of the Grace Based Families Podcast, we interview our friend Heather. Here’s her bio: Heather MacFadyen has been married since the turn of the century (sounds more impressive than it is). She is the mother of four young boys (born exactly, to the day, within 6 1/2 years . . . just […]

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08
Oct
2019

Even the most tech-savvy parent feels we’re at a disadvantage to monitor, protect and guide our kids through the mine field that is the internet. We should stay involved and vigilant, but we are always chasing a constant changing threat. We don’t need a special instruction manual to parent in the digital age. We just […]

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02
Oct
2019

Have you ever had technical issues with your computer and contacted tech support only to have them ask you: “Did you try restarting your computer?” Of course you’ve heard them say that! It’s Tech Support 101. When in doubt, reboot. When nothing else is working, reboot. When you can’t even identify the problem, reboot. Restarting […]

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24
Sep
2019

In this episode, Karis Murray and Michelle Broek talk about how weird they were as kids, how weird their own kids (and husbands) are, but mostly, how our “weirdness” is actually a gift from God. Giving the people we love the freedom to be “different” is key to showing them grace. Grace can’t be some […]

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Here’s a snippet of some lessons we’ve learned about our kids going back to school, stuff we wish we had known earlier.  We learned some of these lessons the hard way, so you don’t have to . . . Lesson 1.- Your kids can get a bad teacher at an awesome school.  (And by the same […]

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27
Aug
2019

Podcast #5-7 Back to School Hacks for Parents “Our kids are a big enough “why” for us. They are worth the exasperation, the repeated requests, the constant mistakes, the anger, the tears, the worry, the heartache and the embarrassment. Add up all the liabilities that go with developing discipline in their lives and they are […]

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Technology is now an integral part of our lives and relationships. And while many parents rightly worry about the negative effects of technology in our kids’ lives and our society as a whole, I think it’s also important to acknowledge how it can be a force for good. With that in mind, I polled the […]

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