Author: Autumn Ward

Just Because

Have you ever felt like your kids aren’t listening to what you say? Do you sometimes struggle with finding time to talk with your kids about something more than what time they need to be wherever they need to be and how they need to clean their room before they go? I have. And this is what I decided to do about it. I’ve been sending my husband and kids a text every day since the beginning of the new year with a very brief summary about whatever I read that morning in my Bible. I figured with one...

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Tangerine Day

Do you remember parachute pants? If you do, sorry I brought it up. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, that’s probably a good thing. Parachute pants were slim fitting pants made of a similar material to that of a parachute. They made you hot in the spring and summer (imagine that material sticking to your sweaty, bare skin) and cold in the fall and winter (like a walking-around-without-wearing-pants kind of cold). I honestly have no idea what season was a good time to wear them, but they were the rage when I as in seventh grade,...

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What Will My Kids Think About Their Childhood?

I know it’s hard to imagine your child being an adult right now when they’re running around in a diaper eating dirt, but it’s going to happen. They will become adults one day. Adults with thoughts and opinions and something I’m just now thinking about—a response to how they’ve been raised. Kids don’t have a choice in . . . who will be their mom and dad. where they will live. what happens in their home. But as their hearts and minds mature, they will be able to look back and decide what they think about their childhood and...

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Sometimes the Heart Needs to Hear What It’s Doing Right

“Well, I guess I can’t do anything right.” I stopped loading the dishwasher and looked at my daughter when I heard her say that. I knew immediately I was the reason she had said it. I had been picking her apart since she got home from school. I had corrected her for at least five different things before we even had dinner. Well, why didn’t you talk to your teacher about it? You have got to stop being so quiet and ask more questions. You have got to start reading more if you are ever going to do better...

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Fight for the Heart, Not Your Traditions

One night last December, I found myself sitting at the kitchen table making Christmas cookies…by myself. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it just wasn’t the plan. That was not our tradition. Now that my kids are teenagers with busy schedules of their own, no one else was home but me. So there I sat, clinging to my tradition, making cookies alone, feeling pretty sad about the whole thing. (I’m sure I let everyone know about it when they got home.) One thing parenting has taught me about traditions is they are easy to start and hard to...

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