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Parenting situations

What a Difference a Year Makes

At this time last year, I was feeling like a pretty horrible parent. My younger daughter was struggling with some basic character issues and my older daughter still hadn’t found her spot in middle school. It was a tough place to be. We had two pretty unhappy children, and two bewildered and frustrated parents. My … Continue reading »

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Your Kids Aren’t Like Anyone Else’s Kids

My younger daughter brought home a ceramic fish that she made in art class the other day. For a 10-year-old’s pinch pot fish, it looked really good. She spent a few minutes telling me all about the details of her fish. One thing she said struck me. “He’s not perfect. I did that on purpose. … Continue reading »

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Preparing for Independence

The Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared.” I’m thinking that should really be the motto of parenthood. Isn’t that what it’s really all about? Getting our kids prepared to step out into this world on their own? Making sure they have the tools they need to navigate the sometimes rough waters that lie ahead? In … Continue reading »

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How to Pick Your Battles

My older daughter wanted to dye her hair with Kool-Aid the other day. It’s apparently all the rage to use Kool-Aid to dye your hair funky colors. It washes out in a couple of weeks and doesn’t hurt your hair. So, I said OK. A few years ago, I probably would have cringed at the … Continue reading »

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Why Questions are OK

When I was in journalism school, the professors had a mantra they liked to repeat over and over again to get us to check the facts in our stories: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” It was a reminder to us to not take anything anyone said as the truth. We … Continue reading »

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When the Couch is in the Walkway

The couch in my living room is pushed against the wall, partially blocking the walkway. There are three hockey sticks leaning against the wall. When people walk into my living room (which is the first room you enter when you walk in our front door), they look at me with a question in their eyes. … Continue reading »

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Setting Limits on Technology

My older daughter had a friend over the other day. In the middle of a conversation, her friend picked up her phone and started Skyping with another girl, completely cutting my daughter out of the conversation. My daughter was upset and came to find me. It wasn’t the first time that phones had gotten in … Continue reading »

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Focus on the Shots You Stop

My younger daughter played in a hockey tournament this weekend. Her team made it to the championship game. They were leading, but then the other team got three goals in a very short span of time. The goalie on my daughter’s team was visibly upset and having a hard time getting his head back in … Continue reading »

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What Happens When Parents Obey

As many of you know, we’ve been on a homeschool adventure with my younger daughter this year. I haven’t written a lot about it because I didn’t want this space to simply become a place to express my joys and frustrations with the process. But, today, I want to share an update with you because … Continue reading »

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Let It Go

Remember that song “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen”? How could you forget it, right? There are parodies of it everywhere. Every time I turn around, someone is sharing a new version of that song. Yesterday, I ran across this version for moms, which is hysterical. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth … Continue reading »

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