Guest Post: 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family

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I’m so excited to share this great book with you today.  With as crazy as the world is today, we need to take every opportunity we can to strengthen our families and strengthen ourselves as moms.

Nicole was nice enough to stop by and share some tips for strengthening families.  First let’s get to know Nicole.

author of 52 weeks to fortify your family

NICOLE CARPENTER is an advocate for strong families. She believes in focusing first on strengthening mothers so they can fortify their children. Nicole is a mom mentor, speaker and founder of, a blog and online community for mothers, reaching out to moms in over seven different countries. She is the creator of the Define Your Time™ time-management e-course and the Mothers of Magnitude Academy. Nicole’s parenting column publishes regularly on and has been syndicated in several other online news sources. 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family: 5-minute Messages is her first book.

Nicole graduated with a B.A. degree in Public Relations from Weber State University, where she also met her husband, Marty. They reside in Syracuse, Utah and are raising four incredible children, including a set of identical twins. And to make it all happen, she may or may not rely on Diet Dr Pepper and chocolate-covered toffee hidden in the fridge.

Hi! I’m Nicole Carpenter and I’m so excited to join Travel Parent Eat today! I’m the founder of, a blog and online community for mothers. I help overwhelmed moms find their identity and embrace their dreams while they still nurture their family. I advocate for families and believe in strengthening mothers so they can strengthen their families.

Anne asked me to guest post today as part of the blog tour of my book that was just released Tuesday, 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family. And I’m super excited because it’s already an Amazon #1 Bestseller! The book includes an entire year of theme-based daily devotionals all planned and ready to go — perfect for any Latter-day Saint family. They are quick and simple yet very powerful.

52 Weeks offers an assortment of topics from honesty and friendship to prayer and the creation. The coolest part, I want this book to work for your family. You don’t have to follow along week-by-week. In fact, I encourage you to pick a topic best for your family and let the daily scripture, thoughtful questions and quotes guide your family through an insightful conversation all week — whether your kids are toddlers or in college.


I thought it would be helpful today to share with you three tips to help you strengthen your family.

  1. Encourage your children to think for themselves.

Socrates said “to find yourself, think for yourself.” I think as parents we can help our children find themselves by creating an environment of purposeful questions. I love watching my children learn and grow as we work to figure answers to their questions.

One of my favorite ways to approach the daily devotionals in 52 Weeks is to read the daily scripture provided as a family and then and ask my kids what they think it means. The most value comes when they can apply it to their own life.

2. Make family time a priority.

Time together as a family can be hard to come by. Even if you are just trying to find five minutes to gather together each day. Decide what time in your day is non-negotiable family time and rally your family to participate. Commit to this time just as you would a doctor’s appointment.

3. Frequently tell them (or show them) you love them.

Tell your children you love them every day. Tell them how important they are – no matter their age. Do all you can to make them feel important.

In my home, we’ve even had fun creating an I-love-you code. While holding my child’s hand, I’ll often squeeze it three times and we both know the three squeezes mean “I love you.” The other person then squeezes back four times for “I love you too.”

Families are so important. But I know I don’t have to tell you that. Let’s work together to help each other fortify our own family. I’m so excited that 52 Weeks is already a #1 bestseller! If you want your own copy you can grab one online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or in person at Deseret Book or Seagull Book. Or – if you’re feeling lucky – maybe you’ll be the winner of the autographed copy we’re giving away!

That’s right, we are joining with Nicole to give away this great book.  Here’s the simple entry: leave a comment on the blog post sharing one way you strengthen your family.  For extra entries, follow Travel Parent Eat and MOMentity on Twitter.

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Will you keep your copy for yourself or share with someone else?  Either way, don’t miss the opportunity to get this great book for yourself.

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About Anne Banks

Hi, I'm Anne! I am an active learner on this crazy road called life. I love learning about anything, but currently spend most of my study time researching parenting tips and improving health. I get excited about crafting, reading, running, baking, and spending time with my three crazy boys (in no particular order, and sometimes at the same time)! I love sharing what helps me get through the day, and I hope my tips help you!

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12 Responses to Guest Post: 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family

  1. Marie Vinton January 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

    We read a few Bible verses after dinner and then talk about what they mean to us and pray together. It’s wonderful spending that precious time together!

    • Anne Banks January 22, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

      These evenings mean so much to the kids too, if not now, definitely as they grow up!

  2. Tammi Neese January 21, 2015 at 7:02 am #

    This book looks amazing. It is simple little things that I can add that don’t take a lot of time, but would make a world of difference for my family.

    • Anne Banks January 22, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

      It is often just the simple things.

  3. Stephanie Wayment January 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    I pray with my kids before putting them in bed to sleep. We love spending time together as a family.

    • Anne Banks January 22, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

      It is very true that a family that plays together stays together, or a family that prays together, or just spends time together. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lisa January 21, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    My goal is to spend 20 minutes of one on one time each day with each child. Either reading books, coloring, singing songs etc. Some days it is hard to find that 20 minutes!

    • Anne Banks January 22, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

      That is awesome! 20 minutes can be hard, but I know your kids love it!

  5. christacleveland January 21, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    Having family dinner together every night!

    • Anne Banks January 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

      We love family dinners too! In fact we have a whole post about it because we love them so much! Thanks for sharing! :-)

  6. Christina January 21, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    We do daddy/mommy kid dates.

    • Anne Banks January 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

      That one on one time is so special for all parties involved. It really makes such a difference for the kids! Great idea!