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Tagged With: parenting

Your Kids Aren’t Like Anyone Else’s Kids

My younger daughter brought home a ceramic fish that she made in art class the other day. For a 10-year-old’s pinch pot fish, it looked really good. She spent a few minutes telling me all about the details of her fish. One thing she said struck me. “He’s not perfect. I did that on purpose. … Continue reading »

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3 Things That Matter Most in Parenting

I took my older daughter to St. Louis this weekend for a soccer tournament. Her team lost the game that decided who would go to the finals. After two great games, they really didn’t play well in the last game. I took home a frustrated and sore young lady. As we were making the four-hour … Continue reading »

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How to Pick Your Battles

My older daughter wanted to dye her hair with Kool-Aid the other day. It’s apparently all the rage to use Kool-Aid to dye your hair funky colors. It washes out in a couple of weeks and doesn’t hurt your hair. So, I said OK. A few years ago, I probably would have cringed at the … Continue reading »

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When the Couch is in the Walkway

The couch in my living room is pushed against the wall, partially blocking the walkway. There are three hockey sticks leaning against the wall. When people walk into my living room (which is the first room you enter when you walk in our front door), they look at me with a question in their eyes. … Continue reading »

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When You’re Out of Patience by 9 a.m.

It’s been a long week. It started on Monday with a never-ending migraine for me. Tuesday followed with a tearful phone call from my older daughter at track practice saying she had hurt her foot. A trip to urgent care, some X-rays and a walking boot later, we got a diagnosis of a possible stress … 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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Offer Yourself Some Grace

I was talking with a friend of mine last night about teachable moments. She was telling me about her morning and how she wished she had used a frustrating moment with her preteen as a teachable moment instead of getting frustrated and ending the discussion. We’ve all been there when we respond to our kids … Continue reading »

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Learning to Obey as a Parent

  Yesterday could have been a rough day. It could have been a day filled with whining and complaining. It could have been another long day in a series of long days. But it wasn’t. Yesterday was the complete opposite of what I expected. And, for me, it was a simple confirmation that God does … 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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