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06
Nov
2014
the art of anticipating discouragement

{originally published in 2012}   When our heart’s temperature drops (metaphorically), often it doesn’t matter what the facts are of our current circumstances. All we know is that life has taken a turn for the worse. People on the outside looking in understandably wonder what the heck we’re whining about. And because there doesn’t seem […]

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Advancing Grace, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  Moms take care of everyone. But who takes care of moms?   If you’ve never heard of Emporia, Kansas or can’t name any of its famous residents – you’re probably not alone. This sleepy Midwest town located 52 miles southwest of Topeka is only 12 square miles and boasts 26,000 residents. The main attractions include […]

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03
Nov
2014

A Different “F” Word

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food choices, self esteem, fat, grace based parenting, michelle hutchison

  Oy, the things kids pick up at school. It seems that no matter how hard we try to keep certain words from becoming part of our kids’ vocabularies, they end up picking them up anyway.   A few weeks ago, as I was preparing lunch for my kids I overheard them talking about their […]

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29
Oct
2014
Karina Loewen, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Halloween

What is the best day of the year to get to know the majority of the people living in your neighbourhood? It’s not Christmas Morning. Or Easter Sunday. Or the first day of school. The best day of the year to build community is on Halloween. People leave their fenced yards, their closed-in garages, and […]

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28
Oct
2014
friendships

{Originally published in 2011} There is such a fine line in parenting between guiding and controlling.  A parent must constantly be asking themselves, especially as their child ages, if a certain outcome is in the child’s best interest or simply a parental preference. Some parents, for instance, would prefer to pick their child’s friends for […]

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27
Oct
2014
Halloween, Karis Murray, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace based Parenting

As we round the corner to Halloween, one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the United States, many Christian parents are unsure what they should allow their kids to do. By many, this holiday is seen as a chance to have some good old fashion fun dressing up and getting way too many treats. […]

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23
Oct
2014
mommy guilt

{originally published in 2012}   Please tell me I’m not alone in feeling some (if not all) of the following statements throughout the course of a normal {mommy} day? “I’m just not doing enough.” “If only I could be like __________.” “What if __________?” “(Insert your child’s name) isn’t like (insert a friend’s child’s name)! […]

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22
Oct
2014

Tolerance vs. Compassion

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tolerance, compassion, grace based parenting, family matters, daisy

  Let us first start with the true definitions of each word.   Tolerance: the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.   Compassion: sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.   Which would you rather teach […]

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21
Oct
2014

Overwhelmed Student Warning Signs

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girlgoingtoschool

{originally published in 2011}   I remember when my son started the fourth grade I just knew something was up. I couldn’t quite place my finger on it, but I could see that he wasn’t quite himself. Then a few grades started coming in that were not normal for him. I went and met with […]

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20
Oct
2014
family matters, grace based parenting, pinterest, fall crafts, leaves, pumpkins, pumpkin spice

  Can you feel it? Can you see it? Can you taste it?   For some of you, Fall is definitely in the air! {Based out of Arizona has its advantages, but our “Fall” is 80 degrees…and somehow we still pull out the tall boots and scarves!}   We thought it would be fun to […]

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