Yes, Your Family WILL Win Against the "Busy". Here's How.

Have we made our lives busy and crazy all by our own doing? Probably. But the truth is, I think many people are living the same way. If it isn’t exhaustion from running kids everywhere, it’s from our jobs, or stress from helping an elderly parent, or from financial strain, or just simply from not taking time to stop

Whatever it is, distractions are everywhere and they silently creep into our homes and our families and steal the time we have for building moments that build strong foundations.

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Jennifer Zumbiel
The Things That Carried Me Through My First Year in Business While Also Raising a Family

This week is our 1st birthday! Many, MANY moments living by these two bracelets: “courage” and prayer. Both significant of catalysts at work on a journey to a place of which I could have never dreamed. When I felt called to this and began praying for it, I knew it would not come without a price - hard work, unknown territory, fears, tears, mistakes, sacrifice.

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The One Reminder That Makes Change Happen

How is it that we can hear the phrase, “Be the change you want to see” over and over, nod our heads in agreement, even pump our fists and rally behind it, yet we don’t make the strides to make it happen? In so much of life it seems the natural thing is to just sit back and “let someone else do it”. Is it because we feel unqualified? Maybe we feel insignificant. Maybe it’s that deep down we don’t want to do it ourselves because of that one thing.

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Jennifer Zumbiel
How to Quickly Implement Meaningful Communication in Your Family

Guess what? The storms will come. They show up in hidden ways like the busyness in schedules that slowly fades to chaos and lost time with one another. They show up in environmental stress from careers, or academic struggles, or conflict in relationships. The storms come from the disorganization in our homes that lead to battles over “lost” things or unsigned papers or arriving late to our obligations. What communication practices do you have in place right now to withstand the storms?

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Jennifer Zumbiel
The Number One Thing that Needs to Be in Your Family’s Schedule

I was at the grocery store the other day and walked through an aisle where a teenage boy was standing with his mom. He had the cart and it was blocking the end of the aisle. His mom just looked at him and yelled, “move the cart, dumb a**.” My eyes got huge, my jaw dropped and I had so many things I wanted to yell back at that woman. I bit my tongue and moved to the checkout line. I’m pretty sure I knew what they were practicing at home…

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Jennifer Zumbiel
How to Handle the Moments of Motherhood We Know We Should Like, But Don’t

When Saturday morning came with the kids running into my room screaming, “There’s snow! Snow! Can we pleeeease go play outside??”, my anxiety went up with the thoughts of the bundling up, the wet clothes, the complaining of freezing wrists, and the thought that I may have to go out there and play.  I like snow days from inside my house looking out and not freezing from outside. I am okay with the fact that I don’t think we are called to like everything we do as parents.

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Jennifer Zumbiel
How to Teach Your Kids About Goals and the Values Within Them

As we look forward to our goals of the New Year, it’s important to reflect on the fact that everything doesn’t come with instant gratification as our world may falsely tell us. Sometimes we can think everything should come with ease, especially our prayers, hopes, and dreams. God surely offers us blessings, but we can’t forget what it requires of us: steadfastness, perseverance, sacrifice. Values that are not often highlighted in our society, but ones we must not neglect teaching and modeling.

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Jennifer Zumbiel
10 Easy Tips to Get Your Little Ones Engaged at the Dinner Table

Good habits at the dinner table teach consistency and set the expectation of what family meals should look like. You have the opportunity to make that table a gathering place for stories shared, lessons learned, and memories made. Model positive communication at a young age. It will quickly become routine and will surely lead to growth within your family.

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Jennifer Zumbiel