Author: Sarah Anderson

The Wrestling Match

He told us matter-of-factly this morning that he thought he was getting taller. We’re short people. So this was big news. And he was right. Asher, my six-year-old is getting taller. And his knees are getting knobbier, bearing more scraps from run-ins with sticks, cement, and rocks. His hands are getting larger and more calloused from gripping handle bars, swings, and any tool his dad will let him get a hold of. But that’s not all that’s changing. Requests are no longer met with an immediate response—but a request for explanation and purpose. The discipline tactics that worked well before...

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It’s Tough Raising Little Humans

“It’s tough raising little humans.” This is what my husband and I tell each other on a fairly regular basis. Granted, we haven’t had experiences raising any other kind of species, but in our limited experience, humans seem particularly challenging. Because it’s the actual raising of kids that shows just how much normal social behavior is learned and taught and not simply inherited. We say it after we correct one little boy on the dangers of wrestling his brother to the ground by the neck. We say it after our other little boy tackles a friend from by behind...

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Connecting with Your Kids: The Secret Sauce

In Georgia, we’re approaching the 100th day of school. This being the first year where we have a child in school, this is a big milestone. Not necessarily for our kindergartener, but for us, his parents. School, as turns out, is no joke. I am still waiting on my body to figure out how to be a morning person. Wake up time aside, the adjustment to having a child in school is a big one. We’ve entered a realm of parenting that has taken, well, 100 days to get used to. But the biggest change in our family has...

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The Reality of Christmas

The older I get, the more sentimental I become. Especially as Christmas. Three chords into “O Holy Night” and you’ll find me tearing up and sniffling like a fool. I can’t help it. Something about Christmas just does that to me. Specific lines from my favorite Christmas songs get stuck in my throat and grab hold of me. What makes these songs effective each Christmas season is their ability to call to mind the wonder and marvel of the moment when the God of eternity stepped into time. And that is why I love Christmas so much. Because this...

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Keep Talking, Even When They’re Not Listening

Being the parent of a teenager can sometimes feel like talking to a BRICK WALL. Sometimes you feel like you just need to wave a hand in front of their face to get their attention. But then you notice they seem to operate fine around other people. Which makes you wonder, Is it just me?? Yes. And no. Yes, your teen’s brain is singling your voice out. All of a sudden the influence and wisdom you so clearly had in their earlier years is waning. And no, it isn’t just you; every parent of teenagers goes through this. Ask...

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