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Tagged With: attitude

Dealing with Disappointment

School registration was yesterday, and I think that there’s truly no day more ridden with tween and teen angst than middle school registration day. What team will I be on? Will I have any friends in my classes? Will I get a top locker or a bottom locker? What electives did I get? As we … Continue reading »

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Choosing Gratitude

After three days of a kid with a fever, we finally got out of the house yesterday. It was glorious. We went to the pool with some friends.  The girls burned off some pent-up energy, and I was happy to simply sit on the sidelines and enjoy a few minutes of peace and quiet. Then … Continue reading »

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Let Me Be Singing When the Evening Comes

I’m taking some time off this week to attend our annual family reunion, so I’m running some of my favorite posts from the archives. Enjoy and I’ll see you on Monday. Yesterday, I planned a water balloon fight for my girls with some of the neighbor girls. It seemed like a good idea at the … Continue reading »

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Learning to Lose

She sat in the locker room dejected. Frustrated, sad, angry tears rolled down her face. This wasn’t how we wanted the day to end. Her hockey team had lost it’s first tournament — with a minute left in overtime. They had played so well. They had played so hard. This little team that no one … Continue reading »

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When You Have a Child Who Can But Won’t

My younger daughter has decided the rules of grammar don’t apply to her. Capitalization and punctuation are unnecessary conventions as far as she is concerned. “But why do I have to capitalize and use periods?” is often her cry. She has had to redo numerous papers because of this refusal to follow the rules of … Continue reading »

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Let Me Be Singing When the Evening Comes

Yesterday, I planned a water balloon fight for my girls with some of the neighbor girls. It seemed like a good idea at the time. It’s hot. We’re at that point in the summer where the lack of routine is beginning to get to everyone. What I failed to consider was the excitement of waiting … Continue reading »

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Strategies for Teaching Contentment

The gift shop was closed. We had spent a fun day at an exotic animal farm bed and breakfast in central Kansas (I know, it’s an odd place for exotic animals). We had fed giraffes, petted kangaroos, heard a macaw say hello and ridden a camel. But all of that enjoyment was sucked away because … Continue reading »

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What is Contentment?

My 9-year-old daughter sat on the couch, reading the books she had bought yesterday. She was enjoying the bargain book “Extreme Deadly Creatures.” (Yes, we have some interesting reading taste in our house.) She was perfectly content — until her older sister decided to count her money. This led to a comparison of how much … Continue reading »

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Learning to Be Content Series

We’re having vacation envy around our house. My girls’ best friends just found out they’re going to Orlando to go to Universal Studios in the fall, and my girls (and I) are struggling with jealousy. It’s not that we haven’t been to Orlando. We have. We’ve just never been to Universal Studios. And it’s been … Continue reading »

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Learning Not to Whine

We’re spending a couple of days with my extended family, so I’m taking a two-day break. The extended time we spend with our kids in the summer means whining and complaining are more noticeable. Enjoy this post from the archives on curbing complaining and don’t forget to enter the giveaway from Friday’s post. My children … Continue reading »

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