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A Tale of Two Dads

The first dad was angry. I answered his phone call and heard a wide assortment of issues. His son was hanging out with a group...

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Loving the Child of Your Reality

We all have dreams for ourselves and our children. When we run into difficulties with our kids, those dreams feel threatened. It is easy to...

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Stay curious during tough conversations

I remember a tough conversation I needed to have with our third-grade son, Daniel. I wasn’t very happy about the company he was starting to...

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Solve that After-School Crabbiness

The bus pulls up and you brace yourself.  She comes flying off the bus backpack bouncing and arms flailing.  You already know there is going...

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“I can’t hear you!”

“I can’t hear you!! I can’t hear you!!” You thought his misbehavior was frustrating, but when your child covers his ears and yells “I can’t...

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“Spread Yourselves THICK!”

“Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial.”  I Corinthians 6:12 Our oldest child, Daniel, made a grand pronouncement one morning upon learning that...

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Teaching Children To Wait Well

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 Instant gratification has become a...

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Words that hurt

In this Q & A, Jim and Lynne take 4 minutes to respond to a question from a mom and dad regarding their son’s hurtful...

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Sometimes I Cry About My Parenting Mistakes

There are some mornings when I wake up with a knot in my stomach and questions on my mind. Maybe you’ve been there too. (Or...

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Raising Kids Who Say “Thank You”

We talk to many parents who tell us their kids are not grateful. Not only do their children expect to be fed and clothed, but...

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