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Mental Health, Family Matters Blog, Anxiety, Depression, ADD, ADHD, Grace Based Parenting

{originally published in 2013} “Why is Mommy still in bed?” I heard my young son ask my husband.  Yes, it was Saturday, but this wasn’t just a sleeping in kind of morning rest.  This was an “I Don’t Want to Deal with Anything” kind of slumber.  It came off of a conversation with a friend […]

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familyprayer

{originally published in 2011}   Several years ago, my youngest son, Tifton Jack (aka…Jackhammer), decided that he wanted to pray for the family meal. At this time Tifton was around 6 years old and he asked all of us to hold hands as he launched into “one of those prayers”. And it went something like […]

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18
Nov
2014
be careful what you wish for

{originally published in 2012}   Do you ever secretly (or not so secretly) long for a different stage of life? Maybe you want to go back to being DINKS (dual income, no kids). Or perhaps you’d like to return to the days of one child instead of four. Or just possibly you’d like to experience […]

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14
Nov
2014

Behind Every Great Man…

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family matters, marriage, grace based

  Guess what I can do with a 102 degree fever?  Several  loads of laundry.  Make dinner.  Help with homework.   Do the dishes.  More laundry.  Sign permission slips.  Write a blog.   Guess what my husband can do with a 102 degree fever?  Moan.  Suggest concern that he may be dangerously close to experiencing a […]

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13
Nov
2014

Thank You Matters

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thank you matters

{originally published in 2012} I have long been a fan of Family Matters and not just because what I read on their website is so helpful, though that’s a great reason to be a fan! It’s also because I have met and hung out with Tim and Darcy and what I can tell you is […]

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12
Nov
2014
report cards, conferences, grace based parenting

  Parent Teacher Conferences. You either go into them knowing what the teacher is going to say or you are totally blown away {and that isn’t always a good thing}.   Tonight we had our first conferences with a junior high student. We had short meetings with not only one teacher, but five. Five different […]

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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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