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Parenting situations

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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What Defines Your Child?

If you’ve read this blog for very long at all, you know we’re a sports family. Both girls are heavily involved in sports, and they take up a big chunk of our time and budget. I love that my girls play sports. I truly believe that being on a team and competing has huge benefits … Continue reading »

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Raising an Introvert in an Extrovert World

My older daughter is an introvert in the truest sense of the word. She draws her energy from being alone. Interacting with other people is an incredible drain on her energy. And the thought of having to address a problem situation or be a part of conflict is horrifying on a scale that is almost … Continue reading »

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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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