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Sunday Rules

On Sundays when I was growing up, it didn’t matter if we were facing imminent danger or in the throes of a natural disaster, we were going to church. Literally, I can’t remember not hearing my mom’s alarm clock go off every… Read More

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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,… Read More

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Parenting Hack: Create a Board of Advisors

Carlos Whittaker gives a practical way to invite other adults to speak into the lives of your kids at critical times.   OTHER PARENTING HACKS Date Your Kid’s Desires Change the Wi-Fi Password Read More

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PCL 13: If Not You, Then Who?

Frank Bealer (family pastor at Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC), Reggie Joiner, and Kristen Ivy talk about the critical role of every parent to do what no one else can do in the life of their kids. Even when it feels feel… Read More

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We believe there are five principles that will help you as a parent navigate through a variety of different seasons and help you parent beyond your capacity. Parenting can be intimidating, and you weren't meant to do it alone. Regardless of your stage… Read More

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Fireworks and Spontaneous Family Reunions

As light shoots into the sky, we huddle up. Ooooohhh. Ahhhhhh. Wow. An aerial art show stills the crowd on New Year’s Eve or Independence day—or every day if you live in the Magic Kingdom. Lakeside, oceanside, cityside. In amusement parks, under… Read More

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Tribes, Fun to Talk About, Hard to Actually Do

I like to think I am a brave parent, right up until the moment I actually have to be brave. I talk a good game, know most of the buzz words and occasionally act like I have a few things figured out.… Read More

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Why Your Kids Need Someone Else to Talk To

I remember the day I turned thirteen. I was thinking of my red three speed bike with the banana seat, sissy bar and raised handlebars. I loved it, but I knew it was a kids' bike and soon I'd have to ride… Read More

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An Epic Adventure

EPIC.  It’s a big word right now, the latest upgrade of “awesome” from years past.  But to me, the word goes even deeper and conjures up larger-than-life characters and adventure from classics like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. On that… Read More

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The Alice Factor

By Gina McClain I grew up watching The Brady Bunch. As part of our after-school television line up, Brady Bunch reruns were a favorite past time for me. From Marsha's broken nose, to the infamous broken vase incident. . .I loved the… Read More