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Parenting situations

What You Should Expect from Your Kids

Expectations. They’re the root cause of so many frustrations in life. We expect one thing, and we get another. And we’re disappointed. How many times have you sat at a sporting event for one of your kids and been disappointed that your kid was checking out the pretty butterfly instead of scoring the winning goal? … Continue reading »

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When Your Child Struggles

I hate watching my kids struggle. I hate watching the tears roll down their faces. I hate watching them put everything they have into doing something well, and it’s still not enough. But sometimes that’s what I need to do. I need to watch. When my kids struggle, my first instinct is to step in … Continue reading »

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What Do You Need to Succeed?

I’ve been learning a lot about success from my older daughter this week. I wrote last week about how soccer has been a rough go this season. She changed coaches. She’s been hurt. She’s struggling to pick up everything new she needs to know to compete. And this weekend it all came to a head. … Continue reading »

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What Do You Do When You Fail as a Parent?

Yesterday I sent my younger daughter to school in tears, and I came home a shed a few of my own. We had a really busy weekend — three hockey games (one at 6:45 a.m.), church and softball practice. By the end of the weekend everyone was tired and crabby. And Monday morning, my daughter … Continue reading »

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Let’s Talk about Sex

Our church is having a purity event tonight for the student ministry. Neither of my girls is going for a variety of reasons, but the event itself has led to some fruitful conversations with my older daughter. My 13-year-old daughter isn’t even really thinking about sex. She’s just now learning how to be friends with … Continue reading »

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When Your Child Hurts

There’s very little that’s worse for a parent than to watch their child when they are in pain. The pain can be physical or emotional. It doesn’t matter; it still hurts to watch. To see your child struggle and to know that there’s nothing you can offer except a hug and a prayer leaves you … Continue reading »

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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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