Tag Archives: Children

What I’ve Learned from Thirty Years of Parenting

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Thirty years ago my husband received an unbeatable birthday gift.  On July 14, 1985, my husband’s birthday, our daughter was born, and we became parents.  As time went on we had two boys to complete our family.  When our last child was born I felt like I … Continue reading

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“I Drive”

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“I drive,” says our grandson as he gleefully establishes himself behind the wheel.  Never mind that he’s two years old and can’t even reach the gas pedal.  I imagine him thinking, “How hard can this be?”  The poor guy is devastated when we plunk … Continue reading

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Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, and a Mid-life Crisis: A Guide to Reading the Bible

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Do you ever struggle to understand  individual books, chapters or verses of the Bible? Most of us do.  The sixty-six books of the Bible were written over roughly 1500 years by many different authors in three ancient languages, and the books … Continue reading

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Launching, Living and Landing

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Some days I feel like I’m living in a transportation hub, like an airport, with family members in various life stages launching and landing all around me. When I travel (literally, not metaphorically), I board a plane at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.  It is a busy … Continue reading

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Who is Watching Whom?

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When we were young, my siblings and I felt that a “Kids’ Day” was missing from the holiday calendar. After all, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were officially recognized, so it made sense to us that children should be celebrated … Continue reading

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Up, Please

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My twenty-one month old grandson, Oliver, while possessing only a limited verbal repertoire, is an excellent communicator.  The other day, he grabbed my finger, which means, “I need something from you.”  When I dutifully stood up, he lifted his arms up, signaling, “Pick … Continue reading

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How to Enjoy a Full Life

How would you describe your life?  Busy?  Successful?  Boring?  (Hopefully not.)  Stressful? (Probably a little.) Or full? When I was expecting my first child, a wise co-worker gave me the best description of what being a parent would mean for my life.  … Continue reading

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What the Bible does NOT say about Parenting

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Every parent wants to raise happy, well-adjusted and successful children.  Toward that end, I regularly consulted books full of child-rearing advice during times of parental angst.  I also wondered what the Bible had to say on the subject and was surprised to find precious little explicit parenting … Continue reading

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