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Parenting situations

Whose Approval Are You Seeking?

I wear a lot of hats these days. I’m a wife. I’m a mom. I’m a writer. I’m an editor. I’m a teacher. I’m the primary chauffeur. I’m the cook. I’m the house cleaner. I’m the birthday party planner. I’m the keeper of the calendar. Of all those jobs, one of the most important is … Continue reading »

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Let Grace Be Their Strength

So, I wrote about offering our kids grace yesterday. Funny thing. Apparently, God was talking to me. My younger daughter made the transition to middle school this year. After five years in elementary school and a year of homeschool, she walked into the doors of our local middle school. She’s made the transition remarkably well. … Continue reading »

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Gaining Perspective on Losing

My older daughter played her first soccer game of the season on Saturday. She was so excited, dressed in her uniform at 9 a.m. for a 12:45 game. She couldn’t wait to get on the field. It didn’t take long for things to go sour. She forgot her conflict jersey (and we needed them). Her … Continue reading »

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Encouraging Our Kids to Be Themselves

I took my younger daughter shopping for school clothes yesterday. It’s always a process to take her shopping. She’s so petite that it’s difficult to find clothes that she likes that fit. Up to this point, she’s been a T-shirt kind of girl, but she’s headed off to middle school this year. At one point … Continue reading »

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A Reminder to Be Intentional

My older daughter is at camp this week with our church’s middle school group. She’s gone for five days with no phone. Our only contact with her is pictures that her leaders are posting on Instagram. She looks like she’s having a blast. Both girls were gone a couple of weeks ago for a week … Continue reading »

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Make Time to Listen

I took my older daughter to the Sporting KC exhibition match against Manchester City last night. It was just her and me. During halftime, I looked at her and said, “When was the last time just you and I did anything together?” She smiled and shrugged. Truth is, though, that it’s been a while since … Continue reading »

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What Do You Say When Someone Else’s Failure Affects Your Kids?

One of the pastors at our church resigned this week due to a moral failing. Unfortunately, this is a road that my husband and I have walked before. But this is the first time we’ve had to explain it to our kids. After a fun weekend at the lake, we chose to use our time … Continue reading »

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Can I Invade My Child’s Privacy?

I was listening to talk radio yesterday when I heard this story about a teenager who was being blackmailed with a nude photo she had sent to someone she had only met online. I immediately thought, “Here’s one more thing to talk to my girls about.” The Internet and its surrounding technology has brought some … Continue reading »

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The Value of a New Game

This post contains affiliate links. We got a new game the other day. It’s called Kan Jam Game Set. The game is played in teams of two. One person throws the Frisbee and that person’s teammate tries to bat the Frisbee into a large can. It sounds simple, but it’s a lot harder than it … Continue reading »

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Would You Like to Try That Again?

“Would you like to try that again?” That phrase is heard frequently in our house. While we believe in disciplining our kids and offering up consequences for actions that don’t meet expectations, we’ve found that those seven words are often more effective than discipline. It took us a long time to find an effective way … Continue reading »

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