How to Avoid Parental Burnout

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When people talk about experiencing burnout at work, most people simply nod their heads with a knowing kind of look. It’s almost expected that a time will come where you’ve had all you can take at a job and just need a break. The thought that we would experience that with our kids, however, often…

Finding Peace in the Craziness of Christmas

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28–30 “Peace I…

Back to School Tips from a Finished Mom

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For the first time in approximately 3700 years, I realized last fall that I did not have to care about when school started. Or ended. Or did basically anything at any time, except as it pertained to driving through school zones. I was done. Three kids more-or-less-successfully shepherded through school with a complicated combo of…

How to Serve Someone with Parenting Challenges

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I have some real challenges in my parenting reality. The extent of which I did not even fully understand until about a year ago. But those challenges have been a part of my life every single day for a long time.  And in the midst of navigating them over the years, I have felt eyes on…

The Stress Test for Test Stress

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The debate continues. Is standardized testing a good idea? Does a standardized test prove your child’s ability to succeed in the future or just stress them out in the present? Does the ability to circle the picture that goes with the word prove that parents, teachers, and students have achieved success or does it prove…

Is This Unwanted Item in Your Child’s Backpack?

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With a son and daughter, one of the repeat purchases every school year at my house is a backpack for each of them. Have you seen how much stuff today’s student carries to school? It is no wonder backpacks only last from August to May. Just a peek inside one of those things would convince…

Content with What You Have

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Kids are expensive, regardless of your income. People who make more money usually buy more expensive “stuff” for their kids, so their kids are expensive as well. My husband was still in seminary when my boys were born, and I was a schoolteacher. We paid the bills, barely. We did not have extra money for…

Cutting Christmas Chaos: Five Tips for a PEACE-Full Holiday

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“Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright.”  Each night we heard my son tattling on his sister, “Mom, Sarah is taking too much time in the bathroom.” Silent? Hardly. Calm? Nope. “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. . . .” For the third time that week, we were late…

Practicing Thankfulness (#hydratefortheholidays)

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Don’t panic. Even though the words, “Can we get together next week? The Friday before Thanksgiving?” might have been spoken today [What?! Friday before Thanksgiving?! Next week!! EEEK!], there’s still time. Breathe. Truth be told, in most other years, Thanksgiving would be next week. But this year, the holiday falls the last week of November.…