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How Being a Teacher Has Made Me a Better Mom
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  I recently learned of some heavy heartache a student of mine is carrying quietly upon his shoulders along with his backpack and homework. I felt utterly hopeless to help with his burden. I can’t control the variables of my students’ lives, but I can write the story of my own family. When I returned to teaching after eight years as a stay-at-home mom,...

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Dazed and Confused
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Isaac: I pooped! I pooped! From the bathroom. I pooped… Does anybody even hear me? I pooped! Tim: Yes, we hear you. Clean yourself up. Isaac: Ok, Captain Crunch! Me: Captain Crunch? From a sibling: He did poop! Two big long snakes. Me: Uh, thanks for that. Isaac, come here so I can make sure you cleaned up. Examination. Sigh I can tell you...

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For All the Parents, Everywhere
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Momastary says that parenting is like being pecked to death by merciless chickens. Yes. Especially when the children are young.   And especially at dinner time. Lord have mercy! Can I ask you something today? Are your kids fed?  Are they sleeping in beds?  Are they whole and in one piece? You’re doing a good job, Mom and Dad. Our generation of parents are so...

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Why I’d Rather Have a Prodigal Son
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We have four children now, but when our first daughter was only a year old, my husband made a rather shocking statement. I’d rather Abby be a prodigal son than a legalistic Pharisee.  It’s better to spend a season in the far country than an eternity in hell. It pierced my heart to think about Abby going through a season of rebellion, but slowly,...

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Dear Friend, No One Has It All Together
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Dear friend, I got your message. I hate what happened to you this past week. You were judged as a parent by a bystander. An old man watched you chase your toddler into the street and chastise him. He called out to you and warned you not to be so hard on your little guy, lest you break him. It hurt, this flash judgment....

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When Your “Great” Parenting Idea Flops.
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After all the big beautiful bravery going on around here last week, Wednesday night found our little warrior weeping. She didn’t like theater camp. She went, she tried, she was brave and faced down bullies with her sweet self, but the camp itself? She didn’t like it. Through choking sobs that wracked her whole body, Abby admitted to us that she didn’t want to...

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The Truth Is.
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The Truth Is.

Apr 1, 2013 by

  A friend recently shared this quote with me from Tim Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage. Christian marriage should be communal.  . .We are called to be transparent before one another.  One particular way married people can do that is by displaying the real work of their marriages — not just the sweet, light parts . . . but the hard, embattled parts —...

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