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Tagged With: parenting

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 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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The 30-Day Praise Challenge for Parents (Review and giveaway)

I received a review copy of The 30 Day Praise Challenge for Parents from Family Christian. The opinions contained in this review are entirely my own. This post may contain affiliate links. This parenting thing is hard. There are so many days when I’d like to throw up my hands and walk away. Other days … Continue reading »

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5 Things Your Middle-Schooler Needs

I have two daughters in middle school, and I have to tell you, this middle school thing is tough. From the social to the academic to swimming in PE, there’s more drama in one day than I need in a lifetime. As my daughters work their way through middle school, I’m reminded that while so … Continue reading »

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The Small Moments Matter

I’m going to the World Series tomorrow night. I’m a little excited. Not because I’m a lifelong Royals fan. (I’m not. My first love is the Red Sox, but after living in Kansas City for 20 years, I’ve become a Royals fan as long as they’re not playing the Sox.) Not because it’s the World … Continue reading »

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A Mom’s Prayer

Here I am again, God. Here, on my knees. Asking for help. You see, I’ve got these two precious daughters that you somehow thought I was equipped to raise. The thing is, though, I’m kind of lost. One of them is struggling to see you, hear you and know you. She asks me questions like … Continue reading »

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Sometimes We Need to Bench Our Kids

My older daughter played in a soccer tournament last weekend and had an experience she hasn’t had in a while. In her game on Friday night she spent a good bit of time on the bench. It’s been a long time since my daughter has to ride the pine. She had gotten to the point … Continue reading »

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5 Things I Want My Kids to Know About God

My girls are 11 and 13. They are both in the midst of trying to figure out who they are, who they want to be and how God fits into the mix. My older daughter has a giant faith. She believes with her whole heart that God can do anything. She has no trouble believing … Continue reading »

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A Square Peg Won’t Fit in a Round Hole

Square peg. Round hole. Two things that will never fit together. Yet sometimes, we try so hard to make that square peg fit in a round hole. There’s a scene in the movie Apollo 13 where the engineers in Houston had to figure out how to make a square air filter fit into a round … Continue reading »

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