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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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A (parenting teens) cautionary tale

It was one of the most remarkable moments of my life, the kind you want to capture and hold onto or even remain present with forever. Sitting on my front porch swing and listening to my daughter ,who had been away on a four-month internship, she gifted me likely the highest compliment I’ll ever receive: (read more…)

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