Posts tagged parenting
Why Your Life Doesn't Need a Makeover

"10 Things You Should Stop Wearing NOW" the title screamed at me as I scrolled through Facebook. The photo featured middle-aged women in "mom jeans," sadly oblivious to the pain their poor fashion choices inflicted on their hapless families and the general public.

Yet on Pinterest, I viewed image after image of high-waisted, faded wash denim shorts... 

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Goodbye, Again...Military Separations & Deployments

I read recently that having a loved one deployed is akin to dealing with a severe long-term illness or family trauma. It’s an incredible, ongoing stress. While it's impossible in this short space to cover all you can do to care for your family while going through a deployment, here are a few thoughts.

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Learning to Let Go as a Parent

I've heard them called the Blurry Years--those years when you have several young children, say below the age of 5. Those years when you live for nap time and forget to eat. 

In that era when we had four kids aged seven and under, I often found myself on the receiving end of brilliant comments such as, “Enjoy them while they’re little!” and, “They grow up too quickly!”

I remember thinking, Uh-huh, sure. I’d just like to take a shower without someone pounding on the bathroom door! 

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Why Saying Yes to Your Child Is as Important as Saying No

For many parents, no can become a default. Without thought, the answer to any request outside the normal routine is no.

No, you cannot go to your friend’s house, stay up past your bedtime to finish that chapter, or have cake for dinner.

I get it—parents become weary of the constant questions and no is easy, comfortable, and…safe. They worry that “giving in” too often will harm their child or lead to self indulgence. But are you finding yourself in a constant negative state with your children?

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What I Wish I Knew About Life When I Graduated High School

I look at your hopeful face, your bright eyes, and I wish I could go back in time and tell you a few things, aside from lose the giant bangs and Val Kilmer won’t age well. You’re currently stressing over your first semester of college, decisions over where to work, and whether to keep dating that cute guy (Spoiler alert. He IS the one!). If I could arrange a meeting between my middle-aged self and my fresh out of high school self, here’s what the present me might say... 

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