Archive for the Parenting Category

A Father’s Love

Have you ever experienced the elation of family and friends who are celebrating the arrival of a new born baby? The love they have for the precious little one is nearly palpable. And, yet, the baby is oblivious—totally unaware of the love others are experiencing as the result of their […]

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DIY

My husband and I enjoy watching DIY (Do-It-Yourself) shows. You know, the one’s that highlight a common housewife remodeling an entire bathroom by herself. Or, what about the novice who manages to paint a house in a weekend without getting a drop of paint on his clothes. Although I admire […]

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Under Construction

For the past several weeks my neighborhood streets have been lined with backhoes and dump trucks. Even though the additional traffic has been difficult to maneuver around, I’ve been content with the work—whatever it is they’re doing, until most recently. During the past week multi-colored flags were placed in my […]

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Highly Motivated

Have you ever considered what or who motivates you? For example, what motivates you to eat right or to exercise? Perhaps an upcoming trip to the beach or knowing that you’ll be photographed at a future wedding spurs you into action. What motivates you to work hard? Are you compelled […]

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World Series Lessons Learned

If you’ve been keeping up with baseball on any level, you’re most likely aware of the outcome of Game 3 of the 2013 World Series. Just to recap: In the bottom of the ninth inning, Cardinal runners were on second and third base with only one out. Jon Jay, a […]

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Training Children to Face Adversity

By merely scanning current newspaper headlines we are reminded that life is challenging. This brief exercise quickly makes us aware of difficult circumstances, impending seasons of hardship and adversity, and noteworthy events of world crisis. In the midst of it all children are watching. They’re observing how we act and react […]

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Sowing Resourcefulness

Americans have a reputation for resourcefulness: Pose to us a problem, and we are quick to assign people and resources to find the solution. Many classroom teachers across America encourage resourcefulness in their students by encouraging them to find for themselves answers to challenging questions. They promote problem solving skills […]

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Myth Busters

Although many parents believe that their adolescent children want to avoid spending time with them, a recent national poll reveals that nearly 50% of teens want to spend more time together as a family. This may surprise you, mom and dad, but the same poll shows that even though parents […]

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Summer Vacation Lessons in Light

It’s that time of year again when children head back to school and teachers ask students to write a paper explaining what they did on summer vacation. I’ve often thought that it would be advantageous for teachers to take this request one step further: In addition to having students write […]

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Free as a Butterfly

I have a precious friend that lovingly speaks truth into my life as well as the lives of countless others. God provided to her the following insight and she graciously is allowing me to share it with you. As butterflies flutter by, they often capture the attention of children. Have […]

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