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Ending the Homework Hassle

Any time parents of teenagers or pre-teens are in a room together, the subject of homework and education seems to be on their lips. My experience is that most of the time parents worry more about their teen’s schoolwork than the teen worries about their schoolwork!...

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Can You Spoil Kids Without Spoiling Them?

My daughters are spoiled. And to a certain degree, I’m okay with that. But here’s what I know—there’s a line between a “spoiled” child and an “entitled” child. And that’s a line I have not always navigated with precision. In fact, I have given in to whining too often,...

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I Am Not a Fun Guy (or a Fungi)

I saw myself on the screen the other night. I wasn’t on the jumbotron at the baseball game. I wasn’t starring in a home movie. No, I saw myself in a movie character. An unlikely one. And the irony is that it was the antagonist of a movie that I watched years ago....

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Parenting Dangerously Close to Empty

I love to live on the edge. At least that is what I tell my kids when they are all frustrated with me. I am that person. That person that drives until the “E” light in my car has been shining at me for about 30 miles. It doesn’t help that now my car tells me exactly...

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Practicing the Little Things

As parents, we all want our kids to develop good habits. We hope they will do difficult things, learn perseverance and speak the truth. We have a list of a thousand things we hope for them, but how to we help them build those habits? What does that process look like?...

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2017 in Review

What better way to start off a new year than with a Year in Review list. The best of the best all at once! Top 5 Blog Posts from 2017 1. 5 RULES WE GAVE OUR 13-YEAR-OLD WHEN SHE JOINED INSTAGRAM Read This 2. THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR KIDS IS LEAVE Read This...

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Your One Best Thing

It’s that time of year. The stale leftover cookies are in the trash and I’m eyeing the tree, wishing it would pack up and walk itself to the basement. I’m ready to make a clean sweep of the holidays. Christmas is over. This means a brand new year ahead and I’m...

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An Imperfect Christmas

It’s no secret that Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year. And the tension is that by this point, Christmas Eve, all the ‘how to avoid stress’ tips from the I’ve-got-everything-together-why-don’t-you people seem too...

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Passing Down Faith the Maverick Way

As parents, we want to pass on our wisdom, values, and advice to our children, right? Well, there are three simple things I did to make sure my faith, and values, will get handed down to my three daughters. Now, I know that modern blog writing etiquette says I’m...

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