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To know them is to love them

Have you ever had an unexpressed need or desire, maybe even one you didn’t realize you had until someone satisfied it for you? I’m convinced we all do. My sister recently gave me a present for no particular reason, something she had seen in a gift shop that instantly reminded her of me: a small (read more…)

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The art of listening

It’s something I’ve told my children since before they could fully understand what it meant: God gave you two ears and one mouth so you could listen twice as much as you speak.  (So you should listen twice as much as you speak…?) I’d do well to follow the same advice; wouldn’t most of us? Listening, active listening, is (read more…)

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It’s never too late to become a life-long learner

It was while reading Tsh’s piece about family purpose statements a few years ago I realized I had relegated learning primarily to the classroom.  It registered as a sharp, stinging jolt to my personal sensibilities.  Without meaning to, I had halted the intentional learning process. Through the years that post has haunted me for that and other reasons, in (read more…)

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Mother knows best (when to play the parenting card)

Parenting is paradoxical. For 18 years, give or take, you’re training and teaching, tender and tough loving, all the while growing up right alongside your children.   A mama and daddy might be born the moment their first child arrives, but it takes buckets of patience, persistence and time before you feel like you’ve made any (read more…)

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Sometimes parenting is walking a tightrope

My experience has convinced me that most parents of high school and college-age kids fall into one of two camps: those who prefer pretty lies from their children those who accept the ugly truth The main difference between the two is that the former don’t know it, while the latter are acutely aware.  Parents who (read more…)

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