Category Archives: parenting

A few tips for living with ungrateful teenagers

It happens to the best of us.  You’re sailing along, raising a beautiful, compliant child who is a joy in nearly every way.  Suddenly, almost overnight it seems, you’re living with a sullen fiend with a sense of entitlement.  Nothing you do for the child is appreciated, and in fact, he/she just wants more.  You […]

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The quicksand of grief

  Times rushes on. When you bury a child, you realize this.  Your feet are firmly planted in the quicksand of grief, while the rest of the world goes on as though nothing has happened.  Oh yes…there are those precious ones who will stand there with you for a bit, but eventually, they are able […]

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Top 10 Parenting Books

One of my favorite bloggers is Sarah Bessey.  I don’t know what kind of parent she is, but based on her recent blog post, “10 Books That Influence My Parenting“, I think we may share similar styles. I often have parents ask me for book recommendations, and I’ve loaned out so many of my favorites […]

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When they’re all grown up

A remarkable thing happens during pregnancy. Genetic material and cells pass not only from mother to child but also from child to mother. That means a child always carries a part of their mother with them, and the mother also carries a part of their child…forever. This is a really beautiful thing for a mother […]

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The impossible task of motherhood

  I love being a mom. When I was in high school, I said I was never having children.  I wanted to be a career woman and had some illusions of what that looked like.  God had other plans for my life, and He definitely knew better than me.  I’m so thankful for the beautiful […]

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To worry or not to worry, that is the question

This post is for mothers only. (Let’s see how well behaved my readership is.) This is an open discussion on something we moms often struggle with, or at least I do. The topic at hand: worry. Recently, I’ve had a few mothers say things to me like, “You’re a mom. You’ll worry for the rest […]

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Underage Dating: The Baby Elephant

There’s a blog post that has gone viral recently, at least in the realm of evangelical Christian circles.  A young woman by the name of Bryana Johnson penned “Underage Dating: The Elephant in the Social Conservative Living-Room“, which encourages parents to disallow dating by their young teens. Johnson’s premise is that underage dating is the […]

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Parent or friend? Be both

I’ve been working on this blog post for a few weeks now.  You see, lately I’m hearing this statement a lot: “You’re the parent, not your child’s friend.” While I certainly disagree with parents who have given up all control of their home in the name of being their child’s “friend”, I also think it […]

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Teen years are awkward enough without parents’ help

A friend posted this video on Facebook this morning, and it set me off. Pep Fest Kissing I find the whole prank disturbing.  For one thing, it appears that some of the these parents were enjoying themselves just a little too much.  These were more than just little pecks on the lips. Also, I am […]

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Asperger’s or gifted?

A few days ago, I received a link to this article:  10 Signs Your Child May Have Asperger’s Syndrome.  I know a couple kids who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s, so I thought it might be good to read.  About halfway through the article, I thought, “Wow, if I had grown up in this decade, […]

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