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25
Jan
2016
Grace based parenting, Motherhood

  I saw your stilettos as soon as they entered the room. I was hunched over trying to retrieve my two year old from under someone else’s chair. I could not help but notice the mulch from the playground stuck to the bottom of my dirty tennis shoes.   I sat up and took notice […]

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25
Nov
2015
Thanksgiving, family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

The fall season seems to be a mashup of Halloween and Christmas with Thanksgiving only a transition between the two. I want to get t-shirts made that say, “Happy Hallothankmas!” Thanksgiving is the least commercialized holiday. That’s why I think it’s an important holiday for families to put emphasis on. Its simplicity, introspection and grateful […]

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Family matters, Grace Based Parenting, Special needs

  Those of us caring for children with disabilities are used to hearing people say things like, “They look fine to me.” There are, indeed, some children with disabilities that have few visible appearances that would make them stand out as special in some way. But even when there are noticeable things and people say […]

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Grace based parenting, family matters, karis kimmel murray, digital age, parenting

Parenting has always been tough. But technology, social media and the virtual space have added nuance and complexity to the job of raising kids. Our generation, born in the 70′s and 80′s, had front row seats to the rise of the digital age. We’re probably the only generation of people who’ve actually used both a […]

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31
Aug
2015
DaysofourLives

  In the last couple of weeks on Facebook I just can’t escape the posts from moms expressing jubilant relief that their kids are finally back in school. I’m not talking about the sweet photos of littles heading  off for the first time.  I’m talking about the elementary school kids, the middle schoolers, and the […]

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28
Aug
2015
Grace Based Parenting

  Parenting is hard. Just being honest…and probably preaching to the choir.   I have five children ranging from college to 2nd grade. I’m a single working mom. I’m tired.   Unfortunately, I’m also fussy, frustrated, easily annoyed, and just not a fun momma a lot of the time. I can think of many day in the past […]

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Body Image, How to talk to your kids about fitness, Karis Murray, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Healthy

  I’ve written before about body image and the important role that both fathers and mothers play in helping to form a healthy body image in their children. We have an important responsibility as parents to keep a healthy body image and therefore transfer that healthy body image to our kids. Mostly, how we feel […]

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25
Aug
2015
quit

When your kids graduate High School and head to college, how do you know that you have been successful as a parent? Have you been successful if… Your kids decide to sport a WWJD bracelet at college Your son is awarded a full ride scholarship in wrestling (gotta love those wrestling outfits!!) Your daughter graduates […]

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24
Aug
2015

The Rules

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Grace Based parenting

As my children grew into middle schoolers and gained more freedom and independence I realized that I could never create a “rule” to cover every situation that they would encounter. I also realized that although rules are good to have, they are imposed on us from outside sources. Whether from me, their teachers, their boss, […]

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21
Aug
2015

As the World Goes to Pot

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pot, marijuana, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  If things at street level keep proceeding on their present course, we’ll soon be raising our kids in a world that sees smoking pot on par with having a glass of wine with dinner.   When you add to this the fact that …   some of the most popular music videos now leave […]

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