The Parenting Teens Summit

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As a parent of two teens and two younger children, and as the editor of Christianparenting.org, I was surprised and somewhat appalled that I had never heard of Axis until now. Axis is a ten-year-old ministry whose strategy is simple, yet incredibly unique: they are culture translators. They stay abreast of the pulse of culture,…

Parenting Comparisons: A Game You Can’t Win

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One of the more damaging habits facing our society today is comparison living. It’s this idea of “keeping up with the Joneses.” This is an age-old saying, but the Joneses are more present now than ever. They seem to have the perfect life with the nice two-story house, two nice cars, the country club membership,…

For Those Who Mourn on Mother’s Day

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Often the worst day of the year for an infertile woman is Mother’s Day. On this holiday, going to a house of worship can feel more like going to the house of mourning. During the decade when my husband and I went through infertility treatment, lost seven pregnancies, and endured three failed adoptions, I found…

Cool Moms

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Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. —Proverbs 31:25 ESV My mom was not cool. Not at all. Not one little bit. Not even close. Don’t get me wrong, my mom is a wonderful person. She is funny, witty, and smart. She is generous, compassionate, and gentle. She…

12 Vital Things for Parents to Say to Their Gay Child

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“My young adult just  told me he’s (or she’s) gay. Now what?” This inquiry used to be a rare one. This past month I have spoken to three different moms seeking answers to this very question. Broken-hearted, lonely, and confused, they are looking for camaraderie, comfort, and clarity. Empathy and compassion I have in full…

Teaching Kids to Think

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One of the most difficult months of the teaching year is May. Young kids can’t sit still. Older kids know how to count the days and daydream. High schoolers are more interested in their proms than their papers. And college students are asking themselves why they didn’t start to finish sooner. There is so much…

The Parents’ Club

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I recently made a mistake I have made way too often. Most parents make this same mistake because it often goes unreported. The day we meet our children is one of the most life-changing moments of our lives. Actually, it might be the most life-changing moment of our lives. It’s natural to talk about it,…

When Your Children Grieve

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In January, a sixteen-year-old girl from my community was tragically killed in an ATV accident. But she was not one of those unknown faces or names that we see on the news every night. It was a classmate and teammate of my own kids, a dear friend that they lost suddenly. Because my children attend…