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Evaluating the situation

Kendra – I taught school for several years before we started our family.  Each year the principal would come into my classroom to evaluate how I was doing.  The visit consisted of observing a lesson or two and scrutinizing my bulletin boards and lesson plans. After the evaluation I received feedback and learned ways I could…

Instilling a love of reading

Most parents see the benefit in enjoying a good book and want to instill the love of reading in their kids.  So what can a parent do to encourage the love of reading? The answer may sound very old fashioned, but it is also very effective. Introduce your child to the local library and help him navigate that wonderful resource. Find books…

The ultimate parental dilemma

I stumbled across this article a couple days ago and since then have waffled back and forth on that parental dilemma I think we all wrestle with so much: the struggle of protecting your kids versus personal space/trust. My mom sometimes gripes what a pain it is to have to deal with car seats for my kids now, “back when we were kids we didn…

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Meet Pepper!

From the day my daughter learned to talk, she has been asking for a dog. She has never met one that she doesn’t like. So when we are visiting at my sister’s house, Pepper the Yorkie-Poo gets an extreme amount of lovin’. That said, this mama has consistently stuck with my “no, we are not going to get a dog” policy. I have heard every reason…

Liz Curtis Higgs

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Proactive Christmas parenting

Christmas parties are right around the corner.  If your family is like ours, you won’t be attending just one.  It’s usually  – my side of the family, your side of the family, church programs, church friends, and maybe even a family office party!  All the fun will continue for days and will typically involved long hours and an…

Clean up in aisle 5!

Do you remember those days when your little ones were a handful in the store?  Even if there was one of you and one of them, that was too much some days!  Maybe you’re in that phase now where you have little ones that love to keep busy while mom is figuring out which bread to buy!  And for a child, it’s not that hard to find…

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The guy who ruined Christmas in November

I hang my head in shame as I write this, and I know this is an overused cliché, but if I can save one parent from making this painful mistake, then he or she won’t have to experience the horrors of sucking the joy out of their children (because I have yet to meet a parent who strives to do that). You see, that’s exactly what I did. I sucked the…

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Get set to soar

Kites fly best when you let out the string slowly. Making sure you have lots of space and patience, it may pull and take a few dips, but the more you do it, the more skilled you become.  Once in a while they crash, and you have to pick up and begin again. Eventually, though, your kite can really soar as you coax it higher and gradually unwind…

Liz Curtis Higgs

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it’s time for another round of The Blame Game

The other night, an incident that happened a couple years resurfaced at the dinner table.  My husband, one of my daughters, Leigha and I were discussing how Leigha was able to text me when she didn’t have anything to text me with.  She informed me that she used the IPad, which then was followed up by her father asking “well,…

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