Author: Sherry Surratt

Winning at Parenting When You’re a Cake-Decorating Loser

“Could we sign up for a cake decorating class on Saturdays?” This came from my fourteen-year-old daughter as I stood at the sink up to my elbows in dirty dishes. I paused. The last thing I wanted to do was give up my Saturdays. I was already losing the war with dog hair and dirty clothes. Our house at the moment looked like a bomb had gone off, with the chaos of human debris about to smother us all. “How much will it cost?” I asked. Followed by, “How many Saturdays?” Her answer was less than thrilling. We would...

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5 Questions to Up Your Parenting Game

Here’s one thing I know. There isn’t a parent out there who woke up with the thought, I wonder how I could ruin my child today? We know you want to be the best parent you can be. But being a great parent requires more than focusing on your child. It calls for the courage to look within yourself and assess how YOU are doing. It’s time to make your parenting personal and we’re here to help. Let’s start with a few simple questions. How’s it going with the stuff that’s hidden deep? No, we’re not talking about the...

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Why We Tell Our Family Stories Over and Over Again

The Story of the Ugliest Christmas Tree In our first year of marriage, I was still finishing up my education degree while my husband worked for a church as a youth pastor. We were poor. Even when we dug under the couch cushions for loose change (which we frequently did), we barely had enough to make ends meet. It was Christmas, and we had to figure out how to celebrate it in our tiny one bedroom apartment. We were able to buy a scrawny tree from a discount lot near our church but what about decorations? Lights, ornaments, and...

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The Other Person Your Child Needs

We’re miles apart connected through cell phones, but the smile I feel in her voice sinks into my bones. With me, through moves across the country, career changes, moments when I was feeling sorry for myself, and times I needed to celebrate, Sibyl always had the words that hit the spot. She’s never shied away from saying what was hard  (she once told me to get off my butt and get started). But her words mattered because they were spoken from someone who knew me and loved me. We know as adults we need these voices in our lives,...

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Connecting When You Have Nothing in Common

I can still picture my daughter Brittainy as a bright, talented sixth grader. She could figure out technology with lightening speed, dribble a ball like it was attached to her hand with a string, and never so much as flinch when a soccer ball came straight at her head. With her dark hair, she took after her dad. They spent hours watching the Women’s USA Soccer team and figuring out a way to build a guitar pedal instead of handing over hard-earned cash for it. I would try to chime in, but their conversation sometimes left me in the dark. Staying up with the newest point guard for the Houston Rockets just wasn’t in my wheelhouse.

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