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Everyday Life

Table Talk

I LOVE feeding people, especially my family. I DO NOT LOVE, however, a dinner table that feels like a battleground. Can you relate? Dinnertime can be filled with

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Building Character

Regaining Our Focus

I really do admire the intense focus of a teenager playing video games. I mean it! I’m pretty sure Batman could barge into the living room wearing a

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Everyday Life

5 New Routines for Back To School

For me, back to school is a better reset then New Years! Here are 5 routine ideas to start during back to school: 1. Bring back tuck-in time. Find a

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Emotions

Thorns

Sometimes the loneliness still astounds me. Sometimes it still hurts to breathe. Sometimes I still find myself wondering how all this happened and why. Sometimes I still cry

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Building Character

Hole In The Wall

I have a rowdy boy who is always playing some sport, even if he makes it up. He’s tossing, hitting, or kicking a ball at any given moment,

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Building Character

Teen Talk

I could tell by the way he walked from the bus to my house that the weight of the world was on my son’s shoulders. We had been

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Building Character

Middle Schooler or Alien?

Middle school students are a different creature. It’s like they hatched from an alien planet. Your sweet, relatively normal child has morphed into a hormone-filled teenager who can

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Emotions

Disturbing Phone Finds

This is something we all dread as parents: I found something on one of my boys’ phones that really bothered me. As I was jotting down some notes

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Everyday Life

“Good”

Raising two boys has caused me to despise the word “good.” It seems as though any question I ask is often answered with that word. How was school?

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Building Character

Texting Your Teen

I had a wild idea to text a special message to my teenager each day for 20 days. Somedays he replied with a simple thumbs up, while others

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