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01
Jul
2015

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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23
Jul
2014

Peanut Butter and Parenting

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Peanut Butter, back to school, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  Ugh.  School is starting again soon.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of being educated, I just miss my boys and our unstructured time together when the daily grind takes them away for nine months each year.  I do love – I mean really love – school supplies, though, so I am […]

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18
Jun
2014

Walk the Walk {of Salvation}

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Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace based parenting, Family Matters

I’m not a culture warrior. I’m sure there’s a place for them, but it’s not my gig. I’m a freedom fighter.   The storyline has been recycled ever since the first wild animal was supposedly tamed:   A Vegas act comes to an abrupt halt when a tiger suddenly mauls the guy who trained him […]

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Sometimes there is confusion around this whole wonderful big idea of grace-based parenting.  Some read articles like this and think it’s saying that good Christian parents should offer their kids as tribute or throw them to the wolves. Or you might read something like this and think actually what grace-based means is clamping down and […]

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Pinterest, Family Matters, Resource of the Month, Grace Based Parenting

Window shopping is the best.  You get to peruse without purchase, find inspiration for the future or just take a gander of what’s out there.   Pinterest is just like window shopping and we have a great store for you!   Family Matters has multiple boards that we pin to, providing great insight, awesome inspiration, […]

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Grace Based Parenting, Grace based discipline, Karis Murray, Dr. Tim Kimmel, discipline, grace, mercy, Family Matters, Parenting, Help

One of our most frequently asked questions here at Family Matters by parents is on the subject of discipline. In this series, we will break Grace Based Discipline down into a framework that parents can use to help them determine how to discipline their kids with grace.     It’s a common misconception that the […]

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11
Oct
2013

Sibling Rivalry: Part One

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Family Matters, Grace based parenting, Sibling Rivalry, Darcy Kimmel, fighting, tattle

Sibling Rivalry!! It is one of the bummers of parenting that makes sterilization sound like a good idea at times. In the hundreds of thousands of parents that we have come in contact with over the years, sibling rivalry is always a hot topic and one that makes parents plea for solutions. As parents, we […]

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05
Jul
2013

It’s pretty much universal. Once a man or woman receive the title of “father” or “mother” the dread begins. They watch their children going through the early stages of testing boundaries and driving them nuts and think to themselves, What’s this going to look like once that kid has a driver’s license in their pocket? […]

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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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It’s interesting where bold observations hit you over the head. I was sharing a ride to an airport with a friend named Jeff Fray. Great guy. My age. Raised in the jungles of Africa by his missionary parents. He’s a full-time advocate for strong marriages. In the process of our conversation, he drew a great […]

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