Family Traditions

This time of year always makes me think of the many traditions that we have developed over the years of raising our children. I suppose that’s because of the variety of fun holidays that occur within the next few months. One of the parts of raising kids almost to adulthood (my four kids are now 17-20 years old) that has totally surprised me is their interest in hanging on to some of the family t…

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The Rookies: Ready?

As the one who frequently comes up with crazy ideas, I asked Sarah a few weeks ago if she’d like to join me and contribute to this series on parenting. As we’re just rounding the bend of our first year caring for and raising human life, we thought there might be some practical pieces of advice to give, mostly learning from our mistakes. And if that’s not helpful, we promise to load these posts up with …

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Fathers Be Good to Your Daughters

Shortly after my second daughter was born I embarked on a casual, but lifelong project. It goes without saying that, having never been one myself, I have very little insight on what it means to be a daughter. That said, I now find myself with a deeply vested interest in successfully raising two. Since I’m fortunate to know many happy, healthy and well-adjusted women of all ages I decided to start a…

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Blessing Your Kids

As we’ve been talking about prayer this month, I’ve been thinking about how we might use prayer to help protect our kids. The world is a scary place – and I don’t know about you, but it feels to me like there are just so very many frightening and potentially bad things to worry about when we send our kids out on their own, whether it’s to school (nursery school or college, or anything in between),…

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Social Isolation

Caregivers, especially those whose caregiving responsibilities are 24-7 or near to it, are often in danger of becoming isolated from family, friends, things that are meaningful to them, and the world around them. Isolation is not something that the caregiver chooses or wishes to happen. Instead it often happens before you know it. So much time can be spent lovingly caring for your friend or…

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