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Parenting situations

When They’re Not Little Anymore

My older daughter goes to the 8th grade dance tonight, that all-American rite of passage where the girls stand on one side of the gym and the boys stand on the other. It doesn’t really bother me that she’s going to the dance. I’m not really concerned about the whole boy-girl thing at this point. … Continue reading »

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Why We Should Stop Telling Moms to Enjoy Every Moment

I was in Aldi with both my girls the other day. My older daughter stepped on my shoe for the third time in the store. I turned around and said, “Will you please stop walking on my feet!” As soon as I was done speaking, another mom with two young girls looked at me and … Continue reading »

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When You’re Not Ready

My older daughter is 13 1/2. She goes to high school next year. So far, this teenager thing hasn’t been too bad, but changes are coming that are going to make parenting her a bit more challenging. In six months, she can get her driving permit (because in our state, we think it’s a good … Continue reading »

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Why It’s Important to Talk to Your Kids about Charlie Hebdo

I was going to use this space today to talk about my blogging goals for the next year, but that post will have to wait until Monday because sometimes world events get in the way. As a general rule, I’ve always tried to keep my kids aware of what is going on in the world … Continue reading »

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5 Parenting Lessons I Learned in 2014

It’s the end of another year. Time to take stock and evaluate the things we did and learned. As I looked back over 2014, I realized that this is one of those years where I learned a lot about parenting. I learned a lot that I didn’t know I didn’t know. I made mistakes, and … Continue reading »

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The 30-Day Praise Challenge for Parents (Review and giveaway)

I received a review copy of The 30 Day Praise Challenge for Parents from Family Christian. The opinions contained in this review are entirely my own. This post may contain affiliate links. This parenting thing is hard. There are so many days when I’d like to throw up my hands and walk away. Other days … Continue reading »

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4 a.m. Mommy Moments

It’s 4 a.m. It’s dark and cold, and I should be sleeping. I’ve been awake for an hour. It’s one of those middle-of-the-night mommy moments when the weight of the challenges facing my daughters is keeping me awake. My older daughter is struggling to recover from an ankle injury and adjust to a new soccer … Continue reading »

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6 Steps to Help Your Child Deal With Difficult Situations

Two weeks ago, my older daughter was blindsided by a decision that adults had made. That decision affected a really big part of her life in a really big way. It caused a lot of hurt and frustration for my daughter that we are still dealing with. It forced my daughter to accept a new … Continue reading »

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Dealing with Suicide

It’s been a tough week around here. Two junior girls on the soccer team at our local high school committed suicide over the weekend. Neither of my daughters knew them, but my older daughter knows people who did. And the fact that they were girls who are very much like my older daughter has really … Continue reading »

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Is Your Love Dependent on Your Child’s Performance?

I made a parenting mistake this weekend. And my daughter called me on it. We were at my daughter’s very early morning, very cold soccer game. She was struggling with it being her first game back after several weeks off for an injury. The field was wet, and the ball was skipping. She went to … Continue reading »

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