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Civil in the Face of Anger

You can’t avoid it – believe me, I’ve tried! The venom, anger, and violence in people’s speech is everywhere. It’s like we’ve lost the ability to talk to each other about anything. As a parent, I am very concerned...

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The Pain of Rejection

Rejection is part of life. Everyday life. I keep thinking about my years as a volleyball player, rejecting someone was a great thing. As I grew into my shoes as a parent all of a sudden this doesn’t feel...

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The “Growing Up Weekend”

We have ten children. Five of them have brought us through the turbulent, confusing, emotional time of transition between childhood and adulthood, and so far we have all survived, though we have had our moments of doubt. We thought...

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Compliment My Soul, Not My Shoes

It’s not bad to have things and to want things (especially if you earn them!). We live in a world where things are coming out faster, better, and way cooler. Of course I want the new iPhone, and let’s...

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Judges of Our Adequacy

Peer pressure may be one of the toughest challenges of growing up. Starting in junior high school and continuing into high school, teens start to desire to exert their independence from their parents. As they make moves towards independence,...

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Listen, Talk, and Walk

We all have hopes that we can pass certain things on to our kids. A while back I was driving with my two children and Dave Matthews Band came on the radio. I am a huge Dave Matthews Band...

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Knowing I Am Yours

“Tell me I’m your child, the one your heart beats for, I can find my strength in knowing I am yours” (Tell Me by Carrollton) Before you read any further, I encourage you to take a few minutes and...

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A Life Changing Bribe

We thought we were doing everything right. Every Sunday, we went to Mass as a family, our children received their sacraments, they went to CCD, and we taught them their prayers. However, over time, we realized the faith never...

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Preparing the Empty Nest

Whether the thought of the empty nest on YOUR horizon brings dread or delight, anticipation can shape the reality ahead. On the positive, your home stays cleaner longer. It seems more spacious. You have more time for YOU. You...

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Hit the Pause Button

The PAUSE button – every parent should have one. It’s the button a parent pushes when they hear or see something that concerns them regarding their teen’s relationships, especially their dating relationships. Our parenting style has been to always...

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