Archive for the ‘Parenting’ Category

  • Is Heavenly Father a Helicopter Parent? or What I’ve Learned So Far as a Grandma

    Friday, May 20th, 2016

    I’m a grandma! My oldest daughter had her first baby. I was able to be there for the birth and to stay and help afterwards. During labor I gave suggestions to help with the pain and effectiveness of contractions. I rubbed her feet while her husband rubbed her back. I reminded her to breath in […]

  • Grateful to miss my missionary

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

    I’m going to share a story from my daughter’s letter to her dad this last week. My daughter is on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She will serve for 18 months. She can e-mail us once a week. She can also send letters which we usually get once a […]

  • My job is the best!

    Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

    This week my son-in-law started his first real life job after graduating from college in aviation technology. He repairs airplanes and helicopters for a living. He has inspired my youngest son to be interested in airplanes and jets of the future. My youngest son draws airplanes, creates airplanes out of Legos, dreams about airplanes, and […]

  • How to Survive and Thrive in the Holm Home or What really goes on in our home

    Monday, January 4th, 2016

    We have an exchange student from Norway with us for the rest of the school year. She is brave to leave her country and family and come to a new country and go to a new school and especially to live with a new family and learn their ways. Her brother was an exchange student […]

  • A mom’s battle to keep her children safe: Censoring the internet

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

    At church we discussed strategies for protecting our children from pornography. While non-Mormons may think that we are strict, have many rules, and don’t allow our children to make choices, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a strong belief in agency or the ability to make choices. In trying to […]

  • Censoring your children’s media: A Mormon writer’s perspective

    Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

    Recently my sister-in-law asked my opinion on if she should allow her twelve year-old daughter to read The Hunger Games. Censoring children’s reading is one of my favorite topics so I was happy to give my opinion. Since I write young adult novels and read a lot, I am more liberal about what I feel […]

  • Do Mormons think they have all the answers?

    Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

    Two years ago, I felt inspired to write a weekly blog about what Mormons believe. I thought it would be a good forum for helping my friends and others see that Mormons may do some things differently, but that we are like everyone else too. Maybe more than teaching others, writing the blog helped me […]

  • Being the mom

    Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

    I’m taking a break from the Articles of Faith discussion. This past Sunday was Mother’s Day so I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be the mom. My daughter asked me on Saturday if I like Mother’s Day. I like that my children and husband do the dishes and make the meals. […]

  • Lamentations of a mother whose children are growing up

    Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

    When I was a mom of young children, older more experienced mothers would say, “Enjoy them. They grow up so fast.” I dismissed their advice because clearly they didn’t remember what it was like to have little children and be exhausted all the time and have no personal space and constantly clean up messes that […]

  • What do Mormons value more? Faith in Jesus Christ or families?

    Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

    Because of a sadness in our family this past week, I’ve been pondering what gives me the most strength–my faith in Jesus Christ or the sealing bonds of family. The best answer I can give to that is a song our young children are learning this year in Primary (their classes on Sunday).   The […]