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Teaching Kids the Importance of Forgiveness

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Are you familiar with the childhood game often referred to as “Got you last”?  The object of this game is to tag someone and then run away from them as fast as possible while yelling, “Got you last!”  The final person to be tagged is considered the loser until they tag someone else. This game […]

Blending Families | Our Experience  

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Peter’s Perspective: When Deb and I married in 1995, minimal thought was given to the fact we were blending two families. Deb had been married to Al and was co-parenting two sons.  I had been married to Sue and was co-parenting a son and a daughter. Deb and I married because we were in love, […]

Road Trip! Make the Most of Your Time with Family

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Fall break is here, school is out, and you might be listening to the sound of your little (or not so little) ones in the back seat on the way to a vacation destination. When I’m steering our vehicle down the interstate with our four children, I have flashbacks to when I was young, wondering […]

Seeing the Up- and Downside of Social Media Use with Teens

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There has been a lot of buzz in the media lately about teens and their use of smartphones and social media. Most of us have heard horror stories about cyberbullying, “sexting,” and other risky online behaviors. For parents, this information can feel overwhelming. How do we compete with the powerful lure of “likes” on social […]

The Homeschool Decision

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The question of whether or not to homeschool your children is one that brings a lot of debate in many circles. It is certainly not for everyone, and also not an option for many. But for some, it’s their “best yes” when it comes to making academic choices for their children. I absolutely do not […]

Getting a Grip on School Time Anxiety

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Anxiety. The word alone can bring to surface intense apprehension, feeling “on edge,” and overall worry. Add to it the thought of heading back to school with extraordinary pressures from teachers, peers, and homework deadlines. It’s no wonder many kids literally freak out when school begins each fall! Often, the word anxiety is used flippantly […]

Five Small Shifts in Your Home That Will Make a Big Difference

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If you are hoping for growth in more than vocabulary and math this new school year for your children and teens, here are five areas to consider where little shifts will create big differences. Car rides.   Conversations may normally happen face-to-face, but if you really want to get the words flowing, drive your kids/teens somewhere […]

How to Talk with Your Kids About Sex

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It’s that question parents universally dread hearing from their child’s mouth, “Mommy, what’s sex?” From the back seat of my car this inquiry sounded loud and clear from my five-year-old son’s mouth. At the time, we were driving toward his school that morning when he decided it was the perfect time to get his question […]

Anxiety In Children

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Fearful, timid, uneasy, and panicked are words we don’t normally associate with childhood. Instead, we think of a child’s characteristics as fun-loving, peaceful, and brave. Every child goes through various stages in life where they explore, grow, and develop into who they are supposed to be. During this time, children are learning about themselves—their likes […]

Faith at Home: Calming Children in a Scary World

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Think of a recent dreadful event that made headline news. What was your initial response to it? Did it create a sense of fear and hopelessness in you? Did it make you afraid to continue your normal daily processes—wondering if something bad would happen to you or your family members? Unfortunately, children often experience similar […]