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Tagged With: Christian parenting

When You Don’t Know What to Do

I have this daughter. She’s 12. She’s smart. She’s funny. She’s compassionate. She’s stubborn. She’s challenging. She sees the world through a lens I don’t have and marches to a beat I don’t hear. And she is, oh, so hard to parent. She makes me think hard every day. She makes me question whether I’m … Continue reading »

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One Easy Day

I sat on my front porch the other day, looked at the sky and prayed this prayer: “Lord, can I have one easy day? Please?” I’d been trying to navigate through the waters of a kid recovering from surgery while dealing with some other drama in her life and dealing with the other child who … Continue reading »

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Glimpses of the Future

My younger daughter was walking to the mailbox. She had on shorts, her hockey warm-up jacket and a St. Louis Blues hat with her hair in a pony tail. I looked at her and was overwhelmed by how much I love this young lady who is truly her own person. My older daughter was sitting … 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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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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5 Parenting Lessons I Learned in 2014

It’s the end of another year. Time to take stock and evaluate the things we did and learned. As I looked back over 2014, I realized that this is one of those years where I learned a lot about parenting. I learned a lot that I didn’t know I didn’t know. I made mistakes, and … Continue reading »

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Be Persistent in Teaching

My older daughter had a soccer game last night. It had been a busy couple of days for everyone, and my younger daughter was less than enamored with the idea of finishing the weekend at her sister’s soccer game. We had all been up late several nights in a row after a couple of days … Continue reading »

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Focus on the Shots You Stop

My younger daughter played in a hockey tournament this weekend. Her team made it to the championship game. They were leading, but then the other team got three goals in a very short span of time. The goalie on my daughter’s team was visibly upset and having a hard time getting his head back in … Continue reading »

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You’re Not a Perfect Parent — And That’s OK

Since I became a parent 12 1/2 years ago, I’ve had to make a lot of decisions. Some I knew were coming. Some I never dreamed I would have to make. Some I got right. Some I got wrong. And some the jury is still out on. We all have to make some tough decisions … Continue reading »

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Letting God Work in Our Kids

My older daughter had an abysmal school year last year. The transition to middle school was much harder than we thought it would be. The switch from one soccer team to another turned out to be a terrible decision. She lost her confidence and her spirit. This summer, though, we made some changes. We switched … Continue reading »

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