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01
Jul
2015
looking back

Sometimes I wonder if my children have any chance at turning out remotely normal. After a long day of time outs, impatient conversations and more sugar than veggies in their diet, I often feel like I’m damaging my children for life. I long to parent my kids with grace on a daily basis, but struggle […]

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03
Jun
2015
Grace Based Parenting

I live on a seminary campus. There. I said it. I couldn’t decide if I should throw that out there right away or slide it in at the end of this guest post. It’s like the bad news that has to be said, so you might as well just blurt it out. My journey to […]

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lights

“My curfew was the light pole, my mom didn’t call my cell, she yelled my name, I played outside with friends, not online. If I didn’t eat what my mom cooked, then I didn’t eat. Sanitizer didn’t exist, but you COULD get your mouth washed out with soap. I rode a bike without a helmet, […]

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no social media

{originally published in 2012}   Every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas time, a peculiar thing happens. In the secular world, advertisements for shopping deals become as numerous as political adds in an election year. We are told about this deal and that deal and how we need to “hurry in” before the sale ends. Crazy […]

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09
Oct
2014

I Am a New Mom

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babyfoot

{originally posted in 2012}   I am a new mom. No, I’m not a first time mom, but I am a new mom. When I had my first child, I decided she was a low down, manipulative, selfish brat. If you can imagine, at  3 weeks old she cried when she wanted to eat! The nerve. […]

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29
May
2014
parenting rights

Here in America, we hold our rights with tightly closed fists. Our rights are what make us angry with politicians and annoyed when someone cuts us off on the freeway. “How dare they infringe on my personal rights of freedom?” “What a jerk! He cut me off! I have a right to get where I […]

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26
Jun
2013

Grace for the Moments

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Grace for the Moments, Julie Masson, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace, Parenting

  It was the end of the fall semester and my husband was in the throes of finals. He went to work, studied and wrote papers. The 4 year old was arguing with her 2 year old brother. Again. The baby was crying. Again. It was time to make supper and all day I had […]

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15
May
2013
Learning from the Experts, Julie Masson, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace based parenting, intentional time with kids

  Any parent will tell you there are no true experts in parenting, only people who have learned from their mistakes. In my mind, the only true experts I look to are those who have parented children with Grace, and whose children are older than mine.   We moved overseas when our daughter was just […]

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27
Mar
2013
Positive

Growing up I had it pretty rough. My 3 older brothers both teased and picked on me and even had the nerve to be really protective of me. My parents were worse. My Dad worked hard to provide for our family so he didn’t come home until right before dinner each night. And I do […]

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Family Matters Blog - Julie Masson

As I begin to write this post, I feel like I’m climbing out of a cave from below the earth, pushing open an old rickety door to feel the sunshine on my face. I’ve forgotten about the world out there! The world that I’m talking about is the wonderful world of social media. Last month […]

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