Ginger's Blog

  • Are Your Kids Misbehaving?

    Children misbehave because they are sinners (like us) in need of a Savior. However, fear and anxiety can definitely contribute to escalated behavior problems in children. Kids are hearing about the scary things happening in our world right now and, more than likely, sensing the stress of their parents. So, if your children are acting out in ways they normally don’t, I encourage you to talk with them and ask some questions to see if fear and anxiety might be driving their behavior. Let them know that yes, there are some scary things going on right now, but we can
  • FamilyLife Today Interviews

    In case you were unable to tune in to FamilyLife Today, here are two recent interviews I did with them. What’s With All the Whining? FamilyLife Today with guest Ginger Hubbard | May 8, 2019 Do your children whine? If so, then maybe author Ginger Hubbard can help! As a mother of two, she knows a thing or two about whining and shares a few “how to’s” to nip it in the bud. Ginger pulls examples from her own experience, and reminds parents that until you reach a child’s heart, their behavior isn’t likely to change. To help a child consider his
  • Ask Ginger #2 – When Kids are Picky Eaters

    Natasha in Arkansas writes, “My child is such a picky eater. Unless it’s a food she likes, pretty much every meal is a battle. We try to eat dinner together as a family most nights, but it typically winds up being a power struggle that doesn’t make for a pleasant time around the table. Do you have any suggestions?”
  • Ask Ginger #3 –When Kids Interrupt

    Melanie in South Carolina writes “My daughter constantly interrupts me when I’m talking with other people. I’ve told her she needs to wait until I’m finished talking instead of interrupting, but she keeps doing it anyway. How can I help her understand that interrupting is rude?
  • Ask Ginger #1 – How to Handle Discipline Issues When Your Child is Sick or Tired

    Welcome to the very first “Ask Ginger” episode. I’m super excited about this new facet of ministering to parents with biblical and practical encouragement for specific struggles they are facing with their children. If you have a parenting question you would like answered, go to www.GingerHubbard.com/AskGinger  Be sure to tell your friends so they can be encouraged, too! Elizabeth in Alabama asked, “How do you handle your children differently in terms of discipline when it comes to them being sick or tired, if at all? My two-year-old slept horribly last night and I know her behavior issues today stemmed from
  • Ask Ginger #4 – When Kids Throw Tantrums

    Debra in MI writes, “I have a two-year-old son who throws a tantrum whenever my husband and I tell him “no” to something he wants or when we tell him to do something he doesn’t want to do. Also, because he throws fits on a regular basis, my husband and I both find it hard to not lose our temper because we stay so frustrated. So, what do you do when you instruct your two-year-old and rather than obeying, he throws a temper tantrum?
  • How to Lead Your Child to Christ – Part 2

    Last week we considered the dangers of leading children into a premature assurance of salvation. This week, let’s look at a few practical ways to lead children into a strong and confident relationship with Christ.  Encourage Your Child When your child speaks of his love and commitment to Jesus, let him know you are overjoyed by his desire to please God. Encourage him to discuss his thoughts and ask questions about things that confuse him. Encourage him to get to know Jesus better by spending time with the Lord in prayer and by reading His Word. You may want to
  • How to Lead Your Child to Christ – Part 1

    All Christian parents long for the day their child receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. “Mommy, I asked Jesus to be my Savior,” brings tears to our eyes and joy to our hearts. As parents desiring God’s abundant life for our children, we should be overjoyed to hear those words. However, as wise shepherds over their hearts, we should be very cautious. Leading our children to Christ involves much more than guiding them in a simple prayer. It’s living an example before them of what it means to walk with Christ on a daily basis. It’s teaching them God’s
  • Cultivating Unity Among Siblings

    Today’s culture would like for us to believe it is normal for siblings to not get along and not like each other. This is readily seen in the media. Rarely do movie or television siblings treat one another with respect and affection. They are usually fighting, yelling, name-calling, or belittling each other with mocking, sarcastic, and even hateful remarks. This sort of behavior has not only become accepted in many homes, it has become expected. It is viewed as normal. However, Jesus commands us to “love one another” (John 13:34) and to “not look to your own interests, but to
  • The Top 6 Discipline Mistakes Most Parents Make

    Do you find yourself threatening, repeating your instructions, or raising your voice in an attempt to get your children to obey? Are you frustrated because nothing seems to work? It could be that faulty child-training methods have snared your line of thinking. A quick bribe or mild threat looks appealing to a parent’s appetite for gaining control of a child, especially in a hurried situation. So, we take the bait – hook, line, and sinker. It’s not until later we realize we’re caught in a tangled net of ineffective parenting. We must remember our goal is not merely for our
  • Can’t Leave Them Alone for Two Seconds

    After arriving for my speaking engagement, I had a few minutes to check text messages on my phone before the event stated: Husband:   I’m not feeling well. Me:   Oh no! What’d you eat? Husband:   Well, Wes (our son) cooked eggs this morning and I thought they tasted weird, but I ate them anyway.  My burps taste like flowers. In between speaking sessions, I checked text messages on my phone again: Son:   I’m not feeling well. Me:   Oh no! What’d you eat? Son:   Well, I had eggs this morning, and I cooked chicken and collard greens for lunch. The collard greens tasted weird,