Family

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make–and How To Correct (or Avoid) Them

27 Comments 10 April 2013

Let me start this post by saying I’ve had plenty of rough spots along the parenting road. I’m not a perfect parent. (Ask any of my children.) But I’ve learned a lot in 22 years–both in my own family and through observing others’ family dynamics. (Reading and studying the subject helped a lot, too.) So, […]

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Advice Column, Family

Baby Talk Begets Baby-ish Behavior

2 Comments 12 March 2013

Years before my son Charlie was even a twinkle in my eye, I taught middle school English and enjoyed being married without children. It wasn’t that I didn’t want children—I longed to have a family, someday—I was simply enjoying life just my husband and me. One evening, I shopped at a grocery store near my […]

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Currents, Family, Self

How to Do a White Elephant Gift Exchange

4 Comments 07 December 2012

As though all the crazies came out of the woodwork, we laughed ‘til we cried as we opened such silly items as a stuffed pink flamingo, a wooden sign that read, “This toilet paper roll is not going to change itself” and a redneck briefcase (actually a pair of tighty-whiteys with a wooden handle attached […]

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Currents, Family

Christmas Traditions to Pass On

3 Comments 04 December 2012

Like many families, we—Bret’s parents, my parents and our little family of five—have lots of family traditions or habits. Let me just share a sampling with you. One, my mother-in-law likes to buy everyone in the family special flannel pajamas, which we open on Christmas Eve, don immediately and wear all Christmas morning, as well. […]

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Currents, Family

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So

3 Comments 30 November 2012

With the frenzy (read: panic) involved in finding the perfect Christmas gift, most folks eventually realize that gifts of the heart—homemade items, baked goods, the gift of time—mean more to our loved ones than anything we could ever buy. My mom came right out and asked for such a gift a couple of years back. […]

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Currents, Family, Self

It’s OK to Admit You Need Help

1 Comment 13 November 2012

Nearly 10 years ago, I suffered a stroke. In less than an hour after initial symptoms, I received heparin, a powerful blood thinner, which caused the clot to break free, allowing blood flow to resume. This meant my motor and cognitive functions and vision weren’t permanently impaired. I still dealt with lingering neurological effects for […]

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Currents, Family, Self

Halloween . . . in the Olden Days

8 Comments 31 October 2012

October 31 takes me back to my childhood–in the days when people could still call it Halloween, but weren’t accused of worshipping Satan. If you’re over 45 (maybe 40 if your parents weren’t overly paranoid) you might share some of these fond memories: Scrambling all afternoon to find costume elements to piece together. My mom […]

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Family

How To Deal with a Negative Child Effectively

3 Comments 30 October 2012

  Dear Leslie, How can I deal with a negative child?  Going Crazy   ANSWER: Dear Going Crazy, I can empathize with your struggle and the pain you’re going through.  The world seems a negative enough place without having it exacerbated from within your own home. We so desire for our kids to be positive, […]

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Currents, Family, Self

Help for “The Holidays”

1 Comment 24 October 2012

Halloween—or Fall Festival, if you prefer—descends in only a week, marking the traditional start of the “Holiday Season.” After that, it seems only a matter of days (minutes?) before we celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s! Does just the thought of it strike fear into your heart and mind—as you consider the hundreds of extra […]

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Family, Self

What to Expect from the Next Stage of Life

3 Comments 23 October 2012

I recently received an email from a friend whose youngest son (of 3) headed off to college in August. The correspondence started a conversation between us. Since she’s walking through living in an empty nest, I asked her advice for the time when I reach that point–just under two years from now. I know she’ll […]

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I belong. To God, to Bret (my husband of 23 years), and to my precious children—Charlie, Molly & Reese.

I’m blessed. To speak, write, edit and market for a living.

I’m called. To thrive in life—to find contentment where I am and with what I have.

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