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  • I have almost made it through my first year as a mom of a school aged son. Lots of lessons learned but ultimately I was feeling proud of the past year. That lasted about 5 minutes. I was then reminded that as a full time working mom, I had a huge dilemma in front of me. What on earth was my son going to do this summer?!
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  • After a long day, it's finally bedtime. Your kiddos have all been fed, bathed, brushed, and are in their beds. They wait patiently (maybe) for you to come in and tuck them into bed. You make your rounds, but you notice a feeling in your heart that just feels... flat. Like a can of soda, left open overnight, containing the same flavor but lacking the bubbles and excitement. And as you kiss your kids, this feeling nags at your heart. It feels discouraging and disheartening, kind of numb to the deeper joys of your relationships to your children. I know that feeling well.
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  1. Games that Raise our Kids - Navigating Entertainment for Tweens

    Tim Cleary said "Totally. These are the playgrounds of this generation - and as such, they need to be about fun but also about developmen..." Read More
  • The other day I ran across this great list of verses that we can use to pray over our children. Often I'm in the moment praying about something specific going on, but these prayer verses help us focus and pray for the future of our children as well. I hope it blesses you as it did me.
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  • I have an inquiring mind. There are all kinds of things I ask God. For example. Mosquitos. Why? From small curiosities to geo-political inequities, from little inconveniences to situations that seem tragically unfair, I generally have a swirl of a question mark hovering within my prayer life at all times. You would think with all the prayerful querying going on I would have covered just about every topic. But there was something I forgot to ask God.
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  • “Times, they are a-changing.” You can hear it, can’t you? Bob Dylan mumbling arguably some of the most timeless lyrics possible. Times will always be changing, especially for us as parents. Not a week goes by that my son doesn’t turn to me after watching an ad on TV and say, “Daddy, I don’t like making wishes…but I really want one of those toys for my birthday.” Son, in 11 months, you’ll want something new. However, it’s not that his wants are always changing. It’s that what is offered to him is. This is a massive pain point for many parents, especially currently in the area of GAMING. Computer games, Minecraft, PlayStation 4, you name it. Games are where young people currently live.
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  • Monday Mom Confessions
    I saw you. Or rather, I saw your bright tattoos, your many piercings, and your vibrant-colored hair. I saw them across the school yard as we both dropped our children off for the day. And in that moment, I decided we were different.
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  • She sat in the garden and surveyed the chaos in front of her. When had things gotten so completely out of control? It seemed that one minute everything was in order and the next it all was a mess. Thinking back, she realized that she had made mistakes from the very beginning. She had been in such a hurry to get to the fun parts that she didn’t bother to take the time to build a good foundation. Building foundations was boring and she wanted to move on quickly to the things that gave her instant gratification.
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  • An open note to my daughter and to all the girls of this year’s graduating class:
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