28
Aug
2014
facebook, parenting, social media

{archived from 2011} Can you imagine your child being expelled from school at age 10? How about your daughter having her first mug shot taken at age 11? What about your son standing before a judge on cyber bullying charges at age 12? This is the reality of kids from real-town America who posted something […]

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27
Aug
2014

Big Deal!

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big deal, parenting, cindi ferrini, grace based parenting

  Our 33 year old son (Joey) can do a lot of things for himself, but not enough to be on his own. He needs a lot of help with everyday things like self care, toileting, showering, direction, staying on task, meals, etc. Often he gets “into some groove” making it hard for us to […]

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26
Aug
2014

Developing Healthy Body Image

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selfimage

{archive from 2011} As parents, and especially as Moms, we are champion protectors.  Like a Mama Bird guarding her eggs, we protect our little chicks day in and day out.  We heed recall warnings, rid our homes of BPA laced sippy cups, follow the data on how often and where our babies should sleep – […]

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25
Aug
2014

Paradise Lost and Found

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Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Sonia Cleverly, Paradise Lost and Found, Parenting

  Twenty-five years ago I had a plan to change the world.   It began unfolding in the middle of a spectacular course (you may have to trust me on this) devoted solely to John Milton’s magnum opus, “Paradise Lost.”  I suddenly knew I had to be a literature major.   Only moments after this […]

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22
Aug
2014

The Struggle of Pessimism

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Pessimism, Grace Based Parenting, Joey Espinosa

  Whereas my daughter is a natural optimist, my older son is a pessimist. (Our other son is probably too young for us to determine where he is along that spectrum.) The only way my daughter got her optimism is as a gift of our Lord. But my son? He gets it honest, from my […]

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21
Aug
2014

The Problem with Pinterest

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the problem with pinterest

{an archive from 2012} I’m about to do something very stupid. (Unfortunately for me, it’s not a first). I’m going to take on a new American Icon. I’m going to mess with something that has quickly become as sacred as Mom’s apple pie. I’m going to take a swipe at Pinterest!! Now don’t get me […]

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20
Aug
2014

Overdue Me Time

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Overdue Me Time, Jenny Gillespie, Grace based parenting, Family Matters, Parenthood

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Cor. 6:19-20   My body is full of coffee, […]

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19
Aug
2014
busy

Being busy is a fact of life.   But is your busyness a blessing or a burden? Are you so busy you only have time to do and none to be?  Both are important, but the being often gets neglected for the sake of doing. Here are some thoughts on why we get ourselves burdened by […]

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18
Aug
2014

The Talk

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the talk, sex, parenting, grace based parenting

  Years ago, I attended a “Grace Based Parenting” conference and heard Dr. Kimmel speak on the topic of teaching our kids about sex. The most shocking piece of advice? Start talking to your kids about sex before they enter kindergarten.   Now at the time, I didn’t worry much about talking to my kids […]

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15
Aug
2014

On the Job Training

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on the job training, stay at home mom, grace based parenting

I think I could make a pretty good case for hiring a woman who has been a Mom for just about any job out there.   When I hear about an interviewer who says to a Mom “I see that you’ve been out of the work force raising your children for the past 15 years. […]

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