5 Tips to Surviving Family Transition

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For more than three months our family has been living in transition—stacked cardboard boxes, take-out pizza, and cranky kids off schedule. We moved from Texas to California to clear out my childhood home after my mom’s sudden death—and now we head to Pennsylvania while we wait on God to show us the next ministry position…

How to be the Parent You Meant to Be

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Remember the parent you meant to be before you actually were a parent? You most likely looked at other people’s terrible-two-year-olds and thought to yourself, My kid will never act like that. Now you realize your child not only “acts like that,” but knowing what to do about their behavior often baffles you. During the…

Groundbreaking Pilot’s Advice for Dads

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Karen Borta, the CBS anchor, said, “I need a piece of paper. I have to write that down.” CBS had just finished airing a segment about Lou Freeman, a Southwest Airlines pilot. Lou was in the ROTC program, enlisted in the Air Force and later was hired by Southwest Airlines to pilot their planes. While…

‘The Joy of Letting Go’ | ChristianParenting Podcast

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Parents let go of their children every day, even in ways they don’t realize. It doesn’t just happen at graduation or a wedding—it starts early! In The Joy of Letting Go, a collection of 52 devotional readings that shine a light on all the times readers have loosened their grip on their children, author Vicki…

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…

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…

One Family’s Unusual Adoptive Journey [Excerpt]

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Our family makeup is unique. If I were to see my family out in public, I’d be curious and probably stare a bit. So rather than be easily offended or pretend to be normal, we try to face it with openness, grace, and a little humor. We chose to adopt two kids with Down syndrome…

How Whispering Got My Kids’—and My—Attention

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My kids aren’t listening, and I’m worn out. Lately our habits (theirs and mine) have gotten pretty ugly. They don’t listen. I yell. It doesn’t help. I get mad. I yell more. They finally hear and give me the “what is your problem, crazy lady?” stare. I lecture. They try not to roll their eyes. We all…