Category Archives: parenting

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A GOOD DAD?

I know opinions about fatherhood have changed drastically over the past 30 or 40 years and I would like to address that today.  Somehow, maybe as a result of the feminist movement, men have been lowered in value and the role of … Continue reading

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GOD, THE FATHER OF ALL

Jesus made a point of using parables (earthly stories with a heavenly meaning) to illustrate His Father’s plan for us in our own lives. In the story of the Prodigal Son, we hear of a man who had two sons. … Continue reading

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FATHER’S WEEK

Father’s Day will be here in a week and I have a lot to say about dads. So I’m beginning with this one. It’s a rerun from several years ago, but I think it applies today, even more than it … Continue reading

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I’M A GREAT GRANDMOTHER

The following post was written five years ago when my granddaughter was just starting high school and they had a program designed to help young women learn about parenting. The program included a robotic doll that responded with crying when … Continue reading

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FAMOUS LAST MOM WORDS

There is something about the language we use as mothers. I think it begins as a form of tradition. I’m talking about the “clean your room” phrase for one. Then there’s the one about not making silly faces or your … Continue reading

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM – SUPER HERO MOM

Fortunately, I was young when I had my children.   As we age our patience runs out – our energy wanes – our tolerance is pretty much dead – and our thoughts can’t keep up with the speed of technology, much less children. … Continue reading

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FROM WORRIER TO WARRIOR

I’d consider myself a worrier. It may have something to do with being a fixer as well. In my growing up years, I felt a responsibility for my baby sister. I took it on myself to tell her what to … Continue reading

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WHAT’S IT LIKE BEHIND YOUR FRONT DOOR?

I think we all go through times when we’re living in the middle of a huge mess. Maybe you didn’t have time to do the dishes. There are magazines from twenty years ago stacked in a corner. Your bed is … Continue reading

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WHAT IS YOUR REALITY?

With all that’s occurred in the past two years, it’s no wonder that there’s more mental illness, depression and anxiety. The number for young people needing counseling has risen at alarming rates. Those individuals from 15 to 24 years of age, show … Continue reading

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PARENTING WITH A SMILE

This image may be a bit extreme, but, believe it or not, a pastor who was friends with my father in law, actually wanted to arrange a marriage between Paul and his daughter.  I’m eternally grateful that he didn’t carry … Continue reading

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WINTER SCIENCE LAB

Winter blahs, cabin fever, vitamin D deficiency, and wind chill index are all negative terms used for winter. In Minnesota we take winter to a new level by throwing out terms like Winter Carnival, Ice Palace and ice sculptures. In … Continue reading

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BUT ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DOING IT . . .

“When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.” C. S. Lewis I’ll bet you thought this was going to be a post about us becoming … Continue reading

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WHO IS THE PARENT?

When I was doing the parenting thing, I was often flying by the seat of my pants. Whoever thought up that phrase and what does it mean exactly? I couldn’t just let that one go by without a little research. … Continue reading

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RAISING CHILDREN CAN BE RISKY

I have vivid childhood memories. Some of them have been delected from my memory bank, but there are some that stand out more than others. There were the years living in a four story apartment building on the top floor. … Continue reading

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TIME FOR FAMILY BONDING

Maybe you think this past year and a half has been the perfect time to get back to family bonding. Some of you may protest that the whole bonding thing was overrated and you’ve had enough. Maybe your children are … Continue reading

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THINGS I WISH I HADN’T SAID AS A MOM

When it comes to Mother’s Day, I have a lot of regrets as to how I raised my children, but at the same time I thank God for helping me through the process. There were things I wish I had … Continue reading

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!

Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him” My dad would be 101 today, but he went to heaven instead at the age of 61.  This giant of … Continue reading

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LITTLE BOYS

Yesterday I talked about little girls, so it’s only fair to give equal time to little boys. When I was pregnant with our second child, I didn’t know it would be a son. I had some apprehension about having a … Continue reading

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IT’S GORGEOUS GRANDMA DAY!

What do you remember about your grandma?  Was it her toothless smile or her sagging body?  Was it the many lines in her face and the way the skin on her arms jiggled and flapped?  Was it the cookies she … Continue reading

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WORLD TRAVELER

A little over a year ago, my grandson began an adventure of a lifetime.  After graduating from college, he made the decision to take a year to travel to South Korea and work as an English teacher.  The choice was … Continue reading

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