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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Dealing with Difficult People at Christmas

When it comes to people and their relationships, there is never a shortage of problems. But at Christmas, it’s supposed to be different.  Isn’t it a time of peace and goodwill to men after all? Unfortunately, it’s often worse at Christmas.  I think that the stress related to difficult situations increases because of an increase of… Continue reading The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Dealing with Difficult People at Christmas

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Dear Graduates, 8 Things to Remember About Life

As I sat through my daughter’s graduation ceremony last week, I wondered what I would say given the chance to speak to a room filled with graduates. I don’t wish to be 18 again.  I’ve earned my stripes.  I have no desire to relive those years, but I do wish someone would have sat down with me to… Continue reading Dear Graduates, 8 Things to Remember About Life

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BRAT TALK: Kids Who Like to Argue

There are few things more frustrating to a parent than an arguing child.  The days and hours fly past us enough already, so who has time to argue over every little thing? Unfortunately, even the youngest child can be masterful at arguing and it’s easy to get sucked into the vacuum early on.  There is no need… Continue reading BRAT TALK: Kids Who Like to Argue

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Finding Our Feelers in a “Me” World and Teaching Our Children to Care

He looked at me with wide eyes trying hard to make sense of my words. “Really, I mean it.  Hasn’t anyone ever told you that you were made to be a rescuer and make this world a better place?  Try being a hero, instead of a killer.  You were made to be a hero!” He… Continue reading Finding Our Feelers in a “Me” World and Teaching Our Children to Care

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Helping Our Kids (and Ourselves) Navigate the Green When Life Just Doesn’t Care

  The frustration was building on her face.   She would not look my way.  Perhaps it was to stay focused; most likely it was to keep from letting the tears escape. My heart hurt as I watched this girl of mine struggling to keep her composure.  Golf is a long game.  It is one thing to… Continue reading Helping Our Kids (and Ourselves) Navigate the Green When Life Just Doesn’t Care

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Mom’s Top Ten Survival Tips for Raising Your Child with Attachment Issues

       I have parented my adopted child for over nine years.  I will never be the same.  It is the hardest thing I have ever done. On the days I am frustrated, it is good for me to go back and remember how far we have come.  I only wish I had known… Continue reading Mom’s Top Ten Survival Tips for Raising Your Child with Attachment Issues

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Mom’s Top 10 Ways to Spot A Fool

  It may surprise you to know that this mother and pastor’s wife struggles with intolerance towards “dumb” people.  I’m not referring to intellect when I use the term “dumb”…but FOOLISH people who choose over and over to do dumb things. So when I was recently asked to teach our girls how to identify a “fool”, I jumped… Continue reading Mom’s Top 10 Ways to Spot A Fool

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Brat Talk: Great Expectations and Eliminating all of Mama’s Excuses

 I seem to have knack for weird parenting encounters.  Last week I listened to a mother drone on and on about why her son was a problem. This kid is a typical pre-adolescent boy; creative…lazy…and as his mother explained, a trouble-maker.  He would fall into the “not EVER fun to be with” camp. Now Mom… Continue reading Brat Talk: Great Expectations and Eliminating all of Mama’s Excuses

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Brat Talk: Consistency, Consistency, Consistency…Any Questions?

CONSISTENCY. Is there any other word that strikes fear into the hearts of people more than this word? This word follows us into every area of life: diet, exercise, devotions, and yes, parenting. Last week at church, I was enjoying conversation with another mom.  You know how rare that can be when kids are around! … Continue reading Brat Talk: Consistency, Consistency, Consistency…Any Questions?

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“Drag Me!” Dealing With Power Struggles

It was one of those Sundays where I wish the earth could have swallowed him up. What a great lesson in obedience for all those church kids! But here I was facing the moment of truth. Who was in charge? This kid was new to our church…obviously.  Sitting in one spot and listening were not… Continue reading “Drag Me!” Dealing With Power Struggles