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A Different Kind of “Talk”

I know what most of you are already thinking…another one of those commentaries on “how to have the sex talk” with your children. Well, in my family “The Talk” has come to represent something totally different and one that...

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How Do I Make Friends When I Don’t Know Who I Am?

The most common question my middle school youth group members ask is “how do I make good friends?” and “how do I know who is a good friend?” Wow! You could write volumes on either subject, but it seems...

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Cupid’s Arrow

Contraception is a hot topic these days, especially for parents with adolescent children. While some parents think their children will wait to engage in sexual intercourse until marriage, they still fear that they will fall prey to their raging...

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#MeToo and Time’s Up and Oprah, Oh My!

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.” (Oprah Winfrey) The 2018 Golden Globes Awards had...

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Close to the Broken Hearted

Jack, a senior, lost the leading role in the fall play to a freshman. Maggie lost her entire friend group who “un-followed” her on SnapChat. Ben lost his 29-year-old cousin to a heroin overdose. Dana spent Saturday at the...

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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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