Discipleship Parenting

Discipleship Parenting

Inspiration and ideas for leading your kids to Jesus

Screen-Free Parenting

Screen-Free Parenting

Encouragement and activities for limiting screen time

Holidays and Special Occasions

Holidays and Special Occasions

Christian holidays, family traditions, and screen-free gift guides

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I'm Brianna, and every day since becoming a mom, I've felt a stronger desire to help children learn and grow in a relationship with Jesus. I want my kids, and yours, to never know life without Christ.

I don't have all the answers, but I'm committed to learning more every day on this discipleship parenting journey. That's what Disciple Mama is all about: learning and sharing great information and ideas for leading our children to Christ.

So, grab a cup of tea, look around, and feel free to respond to anything you find inspiring!

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2019 Word of the Year-An Update | Disciple Mama

People, I’m WAY overdue for an update on how it’s going with my word of the year–diligence, so here it is, in all of its glory–in July (sigh).

If you haven’t read it already, here’s the original post on diligence (my 2019 Word of the Year)–check it out and then come right back here for the update and you’ll be all caught up!

Diligence: The Overview

The truth is, I don’t have a glowing report for you.

Practical Resources for going screen-free | Disciple Mama

Going screen-free?

Whether you’re participating in National Screen-free Week or you’ve decided to embrace screen-free parenting as a lifestyle (or anything in-between), I’ve gathered some resources to help you out!

Resources for Going Screen-Free

People got along without screens for an awfully long time, and not too many ever died of boredom. But, if you’re short on ideas, here are some great ones!

Screen-Free Week: A beginner's guide | Disciple Mama

National Screen-Free Week is Coming!

National Screen Free Week will be May 4-10 in 2020, and no matter how much screen time your kids usually get, I hope you’ll join me in making some changes to your family’s screen usage for a few days (at least)!

My husband and I are doing our best to practice screen-free parenting with our kids, so you may be wondering how I’ll do anything different than business as usual with my kids during Screen-Free Week.

The fact of the matter is that the changes I make for Screen-Free Week this year will affect me more than they’ll affect my kids. My pledge for Screen-Free Week 2019 was

Open study Bible on a black background with text: Personal Bible Study for Preschoolers | Disciple Mama

Personal Bible study is pretty major for committed Christians. It’s something all Christians should be doing.

Unfortunately, though we all know we should be reading our Bibles daily, according to Lifeway Research, about half of churchgoing Christians don’t do it. That’s pretty discouraging, isn’t it?

Various items on a white marble background with text overlay: My Word of the Year for 2019 | Disciple Mama

Why I chose a word of the year

Every year my husband (as well as each person on the pastoral team at our church) chooses a word of the year to serve as a guide and direction for his life and ministry. They meet together early in January to share the words they’ve chosen and to pray together to begin the new year.

I’m always invited to join the prayer gathering, but with 2 young kids at home, I haven’t made it yet. But for 2019 I decided that at least I would take the concept of the word of the year and choose one for myself.

various children's items from church bag on the floor with text overlay: What's in my Bag? Church Edition | Disciple Mama

Today we’re going to be getting into the specifics of how I keep my kids occupied during church services each week.

Why should I bring my kids into the church service just to entertain them with toys?

Let me start off by saying (as I did in my previous post, Making Sense of Church with Kids) that snacks and entertainment are not the end goal, here.

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Good news, today! I’m excited to tell you that I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers to their peers in recognition for creative work that inspires positivity. I’m honored to receive this award, because, though Disciple Mama is still just a few months old, blogging has already become really important and special to me. I want my writing to

Little white church in the winter with text overlay: Making sense of church wit kids: How to make it work | Disciple Mama

If you’ve ever taken a baby or a toddler to church, you know how long a church service can feel. If you’ve taken a baby AND a toddler to church, you may not have gotten to the end, and if you did it all without another adult to help you–go make yourself a tray of brownies, because you deserve it.

In our home, the (very few) hours between waking and getting to church each Sabbath morning are very busy ones. We get up, get breakfast on the table

an antique camera on an old family photo album with text overlay: Family Stories: Building Family Identity, Part 4 | Disciple Mama

Welcome to Family Stories, the 4th post in my Building Family Identity series! If you haven’t read them already, feel free check out the first 3 posts in the series:

  • Part 1: Building Family Identity– Establishing a family identity in Christ as a foundation for your kids’ personal identities.
  • Part 2: Family Core Values– Steps for writing your family core values list, and how to use it to build a distinctly Christian family identity
  • Part 3: Family Traditions– Why family traditions are important for building family identity, how to be intentional about your traditions to bring your family closer to each other and to Jesus

Family stories are very important for building family identity (and, therefore, personal identity), which is why they are the focus of my final post in this series. Today we’re going to talk about different ways you can share your family stories, even if you’re not a great storyteller!

Grandson sitting on grandfather's lap with text overlay: Family Traditions, Building Family Identity, Part 3 | Disciple Mama

The holidays are here, and this time of year most of us have more than a few family traditions that we attempt to keep up. I love traditions (especially holiday traditions) and my husband and I have kept a fair share from our families of origin, plus we’ve thrown quite a few into the mix for our own little nuclear family.

But, there are probably some of you out there who aren’t into tradition, and I get it.

First of all, it can be exhausting…

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