Has Respect For Parents Changed Over The Years?

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“Who are you talking to?” I asked my son, brow furrowed.   He hadn’t used any vulgarity, and he hadn’t even bothered to roll his eyes while saying it, his new signature move as a...

Summer Water Safety Tips

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Ok, let’s talk about drowning.  Scary right? Really scary. It doesn’t only happen when children are swimming. When I think of tragic stories like Bode Miller’s daughter last year, my heart is heavy. According to...

My Favorite Books For New And Expecting Mothers

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In a time when you may be hungrily seeking parenting advice, let me suggest another option.  You don’t need parenting advice (and anyway, you’ll get more unsolicited advice than you will ever want from...

How To Thrive When Parenting Styles Conflict

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When it comes to parenting, there are four basic styles that we tend to take: Authoritarian — Parents make all the decisions and expect the child to do as they say without...

What Rachel Held Evans Can Teach Us

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You have most likely heard about the recent death of the best-selling Christian author and influencer Rachel Held Evans. I followed her on Twitter and always admired her brave voice, especially in her advocacy...

The Problem of Overparenting

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Fourth grade was a difficult year for me. It wasn’t just the social awkwardness (WHY did I insist on wearing my headgear to school?) or the endless battle with long division or even the...

How To Be More Than Just “Mom Prepared”: Being An Asset vs A Liability

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As mothers we try to be prepared for anything. We learn from a failed outing or public toddler meltdown when we just weren’t 100% on our game. Now we always have the extra diapers,...

My Foolproof Potty Training Method

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First, let me preface this article by admitting that *nothing* is indeed foolproof. These little humans of ours are all so, so different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to this parenting gig. We...

To My Girls: Don’t Look for Anyone to Give You Your Power

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I’m raising a son and two daughters. My girls are growing up in a time when there is a renewed societal focus on women’s rights – more so than there has been in a...

Lowered Expectations: The Path To Parenting Peace

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“You’re going to be an AMAZING parent!” How many times have you heard this?  If you are or were expecting a child, I’m guessing you heard it more than once.  We say it to expecting...

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