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Apr15

“Who Me, a Special Needs Parent? I’m the Wrong Person for This Kid!”

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By Diane Dokko Kim My mother often laments how I am such a LOUD girl. When we’re on the phone, she typically asks me to turn down my volume.  Or better yet, speak about a foot away from the mouthpiece. She’s perplexed how such a small person (I stand 4 feet 11 and 3/4 inches) could emit… [read more]

Apr8

Why Your Kids Need Someone Else to Talk To

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By Carey Nieuwhof I remember the day I turned thirteen. I was thinking of my red three speed bike with the banana seat, sissy bar and raised handlebars. I loved it, but I knew it was a kids’ bike and soon I’d have to ride a ten speed like every other teenager. I wish I… [read more]

Apr3

Celebrate Uniqueness

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Photo by Reggie Joiner Who I am is determined by a combination of things like: My past experiences My significant relationships My personal interests My spiritual beliefs My personality traits My physical characteristics My natural talents Each one of these things plays a role in shaping your child’s identity. Sure, there may be a host… [read more]

Apr1

The Humility of Connection

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by Tim Walker Growing up, I had a hard time connecting with my dad. As a kid, all I could see were the differences between us. I liked to read comic books. I loved to draw. I would play with action figures for hours. Or make spaceships out of boxes. I loved TV, and I… [read more]

Mar27

“A” List Prayers

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  By Sarah Anderson A couple of months ago, I attended a beautiful ceremony to celebrate a friend who decided to commit her future to missions. At a certain point in the celebration, my friend’s mom made her way over to where I was sitting. We small-talked for a bit, and then I asked her… [read more]

Mar25

Parenting Isn’t For Wimps

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  by Brooklyn Lindsey Parenting Isn’t For Wimps We’ve heard people say “parenting isn’t for wimps”. So, if you happen to be a parent, it’d make sense to believe that you are anything but wimpy. Right? Then why do we feel like wimps occasionally? As a parent of two little girls, I question the validity… [read more]

Mar20

Why Family Vacations Need to be a Non-Negotiable

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It’s funny what your kids remember. I was doing some reminiscing with my 18 and 22 year old sons recently. We were talking about the good times we had when they were younger. I was remembering the. . . dinner conversations parties house full of friends water fights movie nights bike rides and driveway hockey… [read more]

Mar17

Forgiveness Rocks

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By Mike Clear As a child, growing up, I liked rocks. I liked to collect rocks. Not sure why, maybe it was a result of watching too much of  The Flintstones as a child. I had this habit of gathering rocks everywhere I went, which included the school playground, along the unpaved roads near our… [read more]

Mar11

Honesty

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By Gina McClain “Do you understand what you just read?” Over Christmas break I was enjoying my favorite past time. . .reading. At one point as I read, my daughter sat down next to me and was quickly engrossed in my book. We read the historical fiction in tandem, turning the pages only when the… [read more]

Mar6

How Can A Kid See God?

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How do kids see God? Have you ever considered that you may be the best chance your son or daughter has to see God? I know it’s scary, but it’s true. Think about it. You can’t really see God, can you? Okay. Maybe you think you have. But I’m going to bet it wasn’t actually… [read more]