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Can children still run free in 2014?

As I discussed in my last post, my family and I just bought our first house. We moved only five miles away from our previous home of eight years, but in some ways it feels like we moved to an entirely new town. One of the differences between our last neighborhood and our new neighborhood (read more…)

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Kids play with anything

This is going to be a short post today, because I’m writing it in the passenger seat of our minivan, heading to my in-laws’. It is 11:53 p.m.—move out day. We’ve had quite the laborious Labor Day weekend, stacking the remaining boxes in our storage unit and filing our backpacks with next years’ necessities. We’re (read more…)

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On having a son

Around this time last year, my husband, Martin, and I found out we were having a boy. We were so excited to become parents! I couldn’t wait to kiss my baby’s cheeks, love our child, and go on great adventures together. But there was a small part of me that got a little scared. I (read more…)

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Stepping back so that our kids can move forward

Honesty time: I’m a helicopter mom. I hover – a lot. There could be a gazillion reasons for it, but that’s not the point. The point is I can be overprotective and well, hovering. However, this summer, I’ve been stepping back. It’s been tough. But the results are so worth it. I’ve seen my little (read more…)

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More and better words for difficult kids

Who is the most difficult person in your life?” My pastor asked us to just be quiet for a minute and think about that. Sadly, I didn’t need the whole minute. Do you know who I thought of instantly? One of my own kids. Awful. Ok. Ok. In my defense it is summer. And this (read more…)

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