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Parenting situations

When You Don’t Know What to Do

I have this daughter. She’s 12. She’s smart. She’s funny. She’s compassionate. She’s stubborn. She’s challenging. She sees the world through a lens I don’t have and marches to a beat I don’t hear. And she is, oh, so hard to parent. She makes me think hard every day. She makes me question whether I’m … Continue reading »

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When Mom Isn’t Enough

“I didn’t get invited to the birthday party.” “My friends were mean to me at lunch today.” “Everyone else has a date to the dance.” Any one of those statements is designed to break a mom’s heart. And over the 14 years I’ve been raising two girls, I’ve heard each of those and many more. … Continue reading »

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10 Things to Teach Your Kids about Texting and Social Media

  My kids are 12 and 14, and they have their own cell phones. The deal around here is that when you go to middle school, you get a cell phone. When you turn 13, you get limited and monitored access to social media. Your phone is always subject to being monitored by mom or … Continue reading »

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When Your Child is Drowning in the Tough Stuff

My 14-year-old daughter has taken a beating in the past few weeks. She’s been sick for so long that she doesn’t remember what it feels like to feel well (she had her tonsils taken out yesterday, so hopefully, she’ll be on the mend soon). She’s learned about the ups and downs of a relationship with … Continue reading »

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Don’t Let Fear Rule Your Parenting — The Rest of the Story

A little over a week ago, I wrote this post about not letting fear rule your parenting. The next day, I got a phone call from my 14-year-old daughter in Ecuador saying her throat felt like it did when she had an abscess in it. If you want to know fear, send your child to a … Continue reading »

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Don’t Let Fear Rule Your Parenting

A little over 12 years ago, I sat in a doctor’s office and was presented with the fact that the baby I was holding in my arms shouldn’t be here. I was told that 99% of babies with her particular health issues miscarried before they were born. In the weeks that followed, as a young … Continue reading »

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Parenting Takes Faith

My older daughter leaves tomorrow morning to spend a week in Ecuador on a mission trip. I’m excited for her to go, but this trip that we’ve been planning for nine months has suddenly become a huge leap of faith. You see, our summer has not gone the way we planned. My super healthy 14-year-old … Continue reading »

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These Moments are Precious

For the second time in six weeks, I sat in a doctor’s office with my older daughter and had a doctor look at me and say something like “If we don’t treat this correctly, it could kill her.” When you hear that statement once, it’s an eye-opener. When you hear it six weeks later for the second … Continue reading »

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A Change in Perspective

We’ve had a rough start to summer around here. My older daughter spent the first week of June in the hospital with meningitis. It was a long, scary week that fortunately for us ended with a healthy kid. But I discovered during the past two weeks that there’s nothing like a sudden crisis to put … Continue reading »

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The Teen Years Don’t Look Like I Thought They Would

The other day, a boy told my older daughter that she’s beautiful. I don’t disagree with the sentiment, and I like the boy. But when I heard that, I looked at my daughter, and I wondered where the days went. I wonder when this young lady standing in front of me grew up. I wonder … Continue reading »

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