You are not alone in this parenting journey. Parents of teenagers especially need hope and you can find it over at The Cheerio Trail where we believe that Teens are like a Chinese buffet: Lots of sweet and sour and about as rational as the inside of a fortune cookie!

Dear parents of teens ~ This is hard

Parenting is the thing we MOST want to get right. And when they are young, we are lulled into thinking we might actually BE getting it right. Ah, the illusion of control. This is hard. But there is hope!

ChristiDear parents of teens ~ This is hard
Don't miss number 6! These lessons are applicable to ALL parents, but fathers especially need encouragement and role models in this parenting journey. Where fatherhood is honored, children thrive. Dads, take note and take heart: You MATTER to your kids and these tips can make a difference.

6 fatherhood lessons I wish all men could learn

Don’t miss number 6! It can be a game-changer in parenting young adults. In a culture that devalues fatherhood, we need role models, and this one tops my list.

Christi6 fatherhood lessons I wish all men could learn
In the pattern of "If you give a mouse a cookie," this cute post travels the journey of motherhood and reminds moms everywhere that God sustains you in each season of parenting. Mothers need encouragement and hope more than anyone!

If God Makes You a Mommy

In the pattern of “If you give a mouse a cookie,” this cute post travels the journey of motherhood and reminds moms everywhere that God sustains you in each season of parenting. Mothers need encouragement and hope more than anyone!

ChristiIf God Makes You a Mommy
Do you ever feel like you are always fighting a battle? It’s because you are! ~ Mothering is suiting up for combat every.single.day against an enemy who contends for your children. Take heart and take hold to the ONE who can equip you for the war.

Why Mothering is Kingdom Work

Do you ever feel like you are always fighting a battle? It’s because you are! Mothering is suiting up for combat every.single.day against an enemy who contends for your children. Take heart and take hold to the ONE who can equip you for the war.

ChristiWhy Mothering is Kingdom Work
Here's some real-life, down-to-earth truth for moms. You're not going to get it perfect and you need to hear this hope for why that's ok. Parenting is hard and mothering carries a weight all its own. Encouragement and inspiration for weary mothers and those who love them.

5 (more) things I wish another mom had said to me

You can’t enjoy every moment, A+B doesn’t always C, and other real-life words that would have brought me comfort and may bring you some now.

Christi5 (more) things I wish another mom had said to me
Have you ever begged God to speed up His timing — to give you something different than what you have at the time? Have you ever questioned if He was just leaving you in the dark?

When God’s timing doesn’t sync with your clock

Lessons learned while I watched my young adult daughter wrestle with God’s timing. Read about her struggle with the “waiting game” and what she learned about God’s faithfulness.

ChristiWhen God’s timing doesn’t sync with your clock