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Parenting situations

5 Things Your Middle-Schooler Needs

I have two daughters in middle school, and I have to tell you, this middle school thing is tough. From the social to the academic to swimming in PE, there’s more drama in one day than I need in a lifetime. As my daughters work their way through middle school, I’m reminded that while so … Continue reading »

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The Small Moments Matter

I’m going to the World Series tomorrow night. I’m a little excited. Not because I’m a lifelong Royals fan. (I’m not. My first love is the Red Sox, but after living in Kansas City for 20 years, I’ve become a Royals fan as long as they’re not playing the Sox.) Not because it’s the World … Continue reading »

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A Square Peg Won’t Fit in a Round Hole

Square peg. Round hole. Two things that will never fit together. Yet sometimes, we try so hard to make that square peg fit in a round hole. There’s a scene in the movie Apollo 13 where the engineers in Houston had to figure out how to make a square air filter fit into a round … Continue reading »

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Whose Approval Are You Seeking?

I wear a lot of hats these days. I’m a wife. I’m a mom. I’m a writer. I’m an editor. I’m a teacher. I’m the primary chauffeur. I’m the cook. I’m the house cleaner. I’m the birthday party planner. I’m the keeper of the calendar. Of all those jobs, one of the most important is … Continue reading »

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Let Grace Be Their Strength

So, I wrote about offering our kids grace yesterday. Funny thing. Apparently, God was talking to me. My younger daughter made the transition to middle school this year. After five years in elementary school and a year of homeschool, she walked into the doors of our local middle school. She’s made the transition remarkably well. … Continue reading »

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Gaining Perspective on Losing

My older daughter played her first soccer game of the season on Saturday. She was so excited, dressed in her uniform at 9 a.m. for a 12:45 game. She couldn’t wait to get on the field. It didn’t take long for things to go sour. She forgot her conflict jersey (and we needed them). Her … Continue reading »

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Encouraging Our Kids to Be Themselves

I took my younger daughter shopping for school clothes yesterday. It’s always a process to take her shopping. She’s so petite that it’s difficult to find clothes that she likes that fit. Up to this point, she’s been a T-shirt kind of girl, but she’s headed off to middle school this year. At one point … Continue reading »

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A Reminder to Be Intentional

My older daughter is at camp this week with our church’s middle school group. She’s gone for five days with no phone. Our only contact with her is pictures that her leaders are posting on Instagram. She looks like she’s having a blast. Both girls were gone a couple of weeks ago for a week … Continue reading »

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Make Time to Listen

I took my older daughter to the Sporting KC exhibition match against Manchester City last night. It was just her and me. During halftime, I looked at her and said, “When was the last time just you and I did anything together?” She smiled and shrugged. Truth is, though, that it’s been a while since … Continue reading »

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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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