Author: Dan Scott

The Road to Peace

Every morning on the way to work, I travel a road that seems like a never-ending construction site. Workers have been perfecting this throughway for months, but it seems like there’s no end in sight. The road is down to one lane in several places, bumpy and dusty with heavy-duty vehicles lining the sides of the road and construction workers everywhere. Driving this road is like navigating an obstacle course. Yet I traverse it every morning because regardless of how difficult the drive, the road takes me where I need to go. Often the road to peace can be...

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Give Your Kids Something to Do

Without fail, it comes every week: trash night. Now, normally this happens around 10:00 pm the night before trash day when I’m scrambling around the house grabbing every trash bag, quickly shoving them into the bin, and rushing them out to the curb. But on this one night in particular we were on top of it, and it was early enough to enlist some help from our kids. My two girls were working on homework and my oldest son was at soccer practice, but my youngest looked like he needed something to do. He’s seven. So I know he...

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A Parent’s Survival Guide to Middle School

Last week we talked about the ways your middle schooler is changing. As a first time middle-school parent, with all of the changes and not-so-stellar characteristics, I started thinking to myself, “How will we ever get through this?” During our parent orientation at our kid’s school a couple of weeks ago, the counselor assured us that it is possible to survive the middle school years if you will do 3 things: 1. Remember that YOU are the parent. Act like it. Many parents want to be their kids’ BFF—doing whatever it takes not to disrupt the magic that happens when everyone is happy. But...

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Middle School Changes

I can’t say I feel old enough, but it’s true: we have a child in middle school. A new school. A new chapter. A whole new world. And as much as we sometimes feel like a deer in the headlights, thankfully, we’re not on our own during this transition to middle school. We have experts—parents, teachers, friends—around us who are already giving us insight into the middle school mind. They are people who’ve been there, know what we’re going through, and can help us along the way. Here’s some of what we’ve been learning. Middle School Changes There are four major...

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