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Parenting situations

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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Let Them Fail

I spent the weekend in Minnesota with my younger daughter for a hockey tournament. It was a tough weekend. Her team didn’t score a goal in five games, and the other teams scored a lot. My daughter was pretty discouraged. When we got in the car to go home, I asked my daughter what her … Continue reading »

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When It’s Time to Change

It’s Vacation Bible School week at our church, and it’s a bittersweet time for me. This is the last year that I’ll have a child participating in VBS. I love VBS. I chose to follow Jesus during fifth-grade Vacation Bible School, and I’ve been teaching VBS since I was in high school. I’ve been involved … Continue reading »

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You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

My younger daughter is playing on a girls’ hockey team in Minnesota this summer. No, we don’t live in Minnesota. As a matter of fact, we live about 7 hours from Minnesota. We had some really good reasons for letting her play in Minnesota this summer. It was only seven weekends. My parents were willing … Continue reading »

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When Life Isn’t Fair

My older daughter played in the state soccer tournament this weekend. Her team needed to win the game on Sunday to advance to the semi-finals. The game was tied when her team had a break-away. It was a sure goal. Then the other team pushed our player to the ground. It was an obvious foul. … Continue reading »

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Bittersweet Moments

I cleaned up our school area last night. It was a bittersweet moment. After homeschooling my younger daughter for a year, she’s headed to middle school next year. I enjoyed spending the year with my daughter. I got to learn things about her that I didn’t know. I got a glimpse into how her brain … Continue reading »

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The Indy 500 and an Eye-Rolling Teen

Every year over Memorial Day, we attend the Indy 500. My dad has been going to the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” since he was 14. It’s a family tradition. I have one daughter who looks forward to this weekend all year, and I have another one who thinks she would rather have her toenails pulled … Continue reading »

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