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Take Time to Enjoy Your Kids

I sat down and played board games with my younger daughter yesterday afternoon. I had a ton of stuff to do to finish the laundry and get us packed for our trip this weekend. Board games were not on my to-do list. But when she asked to play, I realized that as much time as … Continue reading »

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When the Day Goes Bad

Yesterday was a long day. It started with a frantic call from a neighbor needing some help, ended with being an hour early for hockey practice because I got the time wrong, and in the middle, I ended up with some smashed fingers from the front door blowing shut as I was trying to close … Continue reading »

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Refuse to Let Evil Win

This post contains affiliate links. I let my 12-year-old daughter go running by herself for the first time the other day. She ran around our neighborhood and returned successfully home. It was another step toward independence for her. I was feeling pretty good about letting her jog around the neighborhood until yesterday when I heard … Continue reading »

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Is it Ever OK to Lie?

My younger daughter is reading the book Shiloh as part of her schoolwork. Shiloh is about a little boy and a dog. The dog is being mistreated by its owner, so when the boy finds the dog wandering around one day, he takes the dog and hides him. Then the boy lies to his parents … Continue reading »

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Lessons from the Kitchen Table

For a long time, our kitchen table was one of the few new pieces of furniture we owned. As kids straight out of college living on two journalist’s salaries (read very little money), our furniture consisted mostly of a hodgepodge of hand-me-downs. A bedroom set straight out of the ’70s and a couch and chair … Continue reading »

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A One-Step-Back Kind of Day

Parenting is a lot like tug-of-war. Every time you think you’re making some progress, someone yanks on the rope and pulls you back the other direction. It’s a two steps forward, one step back proposition. My younger daughter and I had one of those one-step-back days yesterday. At one point, I found myself just looking … Continue reading »

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A Back to School Prayer

Today is our first day of school. I didn’t sleep well last night. Every time I woke up, I had just one thought: “Please, God, don’t let this be a disaster.” Now, that might seem like a strange prayer for the first day of school, but, honestly, if we can avoid having this year be … Continue reading »

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Seeing Red: Using Anger for Good

I’m on vacation with my family this week. Enjoy this series from the archives. Most of the time, we consider anger to be a negative emotion. Out-of-control anger can lead to all kinds of terrible things — physical retaliation, hurtful words, reckless actions. Yet, controlled anger can be an impetus for change. God and Jesus … Continue reading »

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Seeing Red: Words and Anger

I’m on vacation with my family this week. Enjoy this series from the archives. “Don’t say it unless you mean it.” Those words have come out of my mouth no less than a dozen times in the past three days. After spending five days with my parents, including close to 30 hours in the car, … Continue reading »

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Seeing Red: We Can Control Our Anger

I’m on vacation with my family this week. Enjoy this series from the archives. I looked at the multiple pairs of shoes on the floor in my living room. I had asked for them to be put away numerous times. And still they sat on the floor. They were no longer just shoes. They became … Continue reading »

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